Fall For Bare & Victoriana

The summer is here, and with the sun and sand and cocktails by the beach, comes a whole host of enticing blockbusters and reads. Cara Delevingne makes yet another appearance in a movie, with this one being her most highly anticipated appearance in none another than PAPER TOWNS, whilst this summers book list includes THE FIRST BAD MAN [Miranda July] and GO SET A WATCHMAN [Harper Lee].

We have been enticed by Kim Kardashian’s barefaced snaps for Spanish Vogue’s August 2015 issue, as well as her cover shot, and yet, it’s not this bare-faced beauty making fashionable headlines, or at least, she’s not the only one. With fashion collections now surpassing what were once a mere Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter package, we now look forward to pre-fall, haute couture, Ready-To-Wear and spreading worldwide in both the womenswear and menswear categories, and it’s Fall/Winter 2015 I have my eye on right now. 

Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear Vivienne Westwood.  Photo| Style.com
Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear Vivienne Westwood.
Photo| Style.com

Autumn/Winter is a time where one dreams of hot coffee on a lazy Sunday afternoon by the fire, perhaps in Verbier or Whistler after the slopes. Maybe even, one dreams of being drenched in the warmest of layers, crunching through the leaves of a dying summer and a forthcoming snow soaked season. Of course there are those who choose the sun-drenched vacation spots in the cold months, and maybe this is why the Autumn/Winter 2015 collections are so bare, to say the least. 

Bare ankles, bare backs, shoulders and arms have been seen at both the ready-to-wear and hate couture shows of Autumn/Winter 2015 and it’s all that one could ever want. What, other than a Schiaparelli bare-fronted dress or McCartney cold-shoulder could anyone not want. Of course it is all in the styling of each piece, that makes every gem a piece of wonderment. Any one pice can be layered in any which way, but theres something of he flesh in the season of cold, that is even more desirable. Hate couture specifically is far more out of reach than the ready-to-wear collections, and so  the fairytale of embellished silhouettes is nothing out of the norm, it’s all part of the couture reality. 

Champagne-filled glasses upon silk-laid tables have never gone badly alongside diamonds and a Chanel gown. It is however, not just the haute couture collections that have been somewhat more extravagant.

Fall 2015 Couture Schiaparelli  - Photo| Style.com
Fall 2015 Couture Schiaparelli – Photo| Style.com

Other trends have emerged. The eighties are once again upon us for those born in the ninteis onwards, whilst cuffs, the colour red, jewels and fluffy parts join in on the fashionable fun. But let it be know, if anyone hasn’t realised, it is the Victoriana trend that has a firm hold on the season. 

The Victoriana trend, for one, has been one of the most talked about of the season. Strong, enticingly opulent and baroque. The trend began emitting it’s luxuriance onto the catwalks over time, think to the prominent AW13 Givenchy show. Now, the heavy ornate style, whilst remaining lavish and detailed, has taken an innovative turn and has been modernised. Materialising on the catwalk were the Victoriana styles, and, as expected, the style remains aesthetically haunting with shards of modernity. So delectable is the Bourgeois-style which appears before us in the collections of Alexander McQueen, Thom Browne and Givenchy. The romanticism at Simone Rocha with heavily embroidered regalia, a modern take on the crinoline- the idea of undergarments as overgarments. 

Fall 2015 Couture Valentino  - Photo| Style.com
Fall 2015 Couture Valentino – Photo| Style.com

“Mary Katrantzou took nineteenth century accents, materials and technological innovations to the level of distorting the traditional design…”

Balenciaga in recent seasons has too, remained faithful to the trend. For AW15, the fashion house presented modern cuts and accentuated frames adorned with minute details, Victorian-esque collars and floral embroideries, whilst Mary Katrantzou took nineteenth century accents, materials and technological innovations to the level of distorting the traditional design; placing toggles on Victorian-printed jackets in bright shades of pink, whilst sharp cuts and bright-hues, contrasted with past styles; “Victorian maximalism vs. contemporary” as it had been so fittingly described. The trend is a staple, appearing in exhibitions, on-screen as well as on the street. It is seemingly timeless as one would hope. 

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