A chapter was closed with Chanel Fall 2019. Unknowingly being the last Chanel collection by Karl Lagerfeld, his death brought heartbreak, surprise, and melancholy; tears were seen running down model’s cheeks. Penelope Cruz made a cameo as a runway model, dangling a white rose from her hand as she strutted down. Chanel Fall 2019 was exquisite, as always.
John Galliano at Maison Margiela continues his love affair with tailoring and construction. For fall 2019, he intertwined a muted palette of blacks and nudes with a splash of unexpected hot pinks and neon greens, in the form of leggings and shoes. His collection was made of every type of jacket and coat: puffers, trenches, crop jackets, capes, armless wraps, and blazers.
Louis Vuitton‘s Fall 2019 woman was a spacegirl that came down from a nebula and landed straight into the 80s. Think crinkled hair and chest ruffles mixed with Star Trek. Nicolas Ghesquière knows a thing or two about forward-thinking and how to interpret the future with decorum and timeless taste.
Anthony Vaccarello presented the perfect LBD (little black dress), in various artistic approaches for Saint Laurent Fall 2019: Kaia Gerber (who’s everywhere and anywhere that has to do with fashion in 2019) wore a mini tuxedo dress with statement shoulder pads; there was also a Chanel-esque sequin cardigan as a mini dress; and several chest cut-outs on extra mini glimmering flocks. Applying the concept of menswear, Vaccarello completed several crisp, dashing, two-piece suits – some were made up with pants and others had midi skirts, pencil skirts, and mini bubble shorts worthy of butt cheek action.
Hedi Slimane toned down the Celine we knew via Phoebe Philo. The 2019 collection was an arrangement of classic separates reminiscent of the cool French woman who needs little to no grooming except when it comes to clothes. Pairing jeans and dresses with over-the-knee boots in different shades of brown, and layering oversized blazers over flouncy dresses, Slimane is surely moving Celine towards a different territory of city dueler easiness and flair.
Alexander McQueen Fall 2019 was made for a modern royal, if only royals were up for wearing leather ruffles, chains, and metal accents as accessories. This collection’s regalness was injected with a dose of punk stirring the clothes’ aura towards a younger edgier, risk-taking customer. McQueen’s reinvention of the tuxedo suit comes in a color-block jacket of red and black; the pants with red liners on the sides.
Loewe Fall 2019 presented a collection worthy of cinematography. Ensembles can easily be from this era or from 2 ago; a complex combination of innovation and classicism. Clothes were distressed and composed all in one. Accessories were otherworldly but somehow tied everything together – hats had poky animal ears in blush pink and black leather while other hats mimicked a wig: fringy, ruffled, and disheveled.
Paco Rabanne Fall 2019 was luscious eye-candy; pants were glistening lollipops, shiny and iridescent with exquisite piping from waist to ankle. There were flowy silk frocks that swayed in harmony with the accessories assigned to them. There was a clash of prints in most of the outfits – cheetah over snake over plaid – working perfectly as a whole.
Balenciaga is on a duality trip for Fall 2019. Mixing 90s iconic styles such as dad jeans, baggy tuxedo suits with oversized lapels, and leather trenchcoats ala Matrix; with futuristic assembly: collars reminiscent of “The Jetson’s” cartoon characters, and lots of leather and plaid.