Industry insider’s share their thoughts.
Rag & Bone was a highlight. A brand to watch, Jonathan Saunders (pictured), really moved into sophisticated new territory. Christopher Kane managed to combine a true sense of fun with a new level of luxury. Dolce & Gabbana was my favourite for the sheer sizzling, sexy, Sicilian glamour. Sarah Burton’s shows for Alexander McQueen are always awe-inspiring.
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were so many beautiful collections, but my favourites would have to be 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jonathan Saunders, Céline (pictured) and MSGM, a brand that we are really excited about - the first show in Milan was an absolute triumph. Céline was sensational with a minimalistic collection in a monochrome palette that was incredibly feminine.
Standout shows for me have included the designers we’re championing in our Womens Designer Galleries: Yohji Yamamoto, Haider Ackermann and AF Vandevorst (pictured). All juxtaposed sharp, tailored pieces with relaxed shapes, asymmetry and belted waists. It’s a very polished and high-impact take on the gothic aesthetic.
Looking back over an incredibly busy season I have most enjoyed Mary Katrantzou for her original prints,
Dolce & Gabbana (pictured)for its enduring fun, Bottega Veneta for its new twist on chic, Dries Van Noten and 3.1 Phillip Lim for their florals, Haider Ackermann for his dark sophistication and Fendi - the season’s best shoes!