A Return to Opulence

October 9, 2015

Backstage at Gucci Spring 2016 via WWD

Thanks to Alessandro Michele and the new kings and queens of the runways, fashion has once again become decadent and extravagant.

The most talked-about show of the season (and of the past few seasons, really) was arguably the Gucci show. Alessandro Michele has propelled Gucci from traditional heritage brand to the forefront of creative modern fashion. His designs—kooky and zany and completely over-the-top—are unlike anything else in fashion right now, and it signals an important shift in high fashion. The mid-aughts were filled with minimalism; Phoebe Philo and Raf Simons reigned supreme. There's still a time and a place for the CĂ©line girls of the world, but what that means is evolving thanks to the changing trends in fashion.

The It designers of the moment are those who aren't afraid to be a little out there: Josep Font of Delpozo, Dries Van Noten, the Mulleavy sisters at Rodarte. The are all about creating complex collections full of layers (of both fabric and meaning) that require a confident girl to wear them.

There is an attention to detail and texture, specifically on how different textures can work together. Embroidery, embellishment, and pattern were all focuses of this season. The consumer has changed lately; she's more conscious of materials and willing to spend more for a luxurious object that she knows she will love.

For now, fashion isn't so concerned about being cool. For a while it has felt like fashion has been about drawing as little attention to yourself as possible (aka normcore) and I'm excited to see that that notion is starting to change again. Colors are getting brighter, skirts are getting fuller, and women are getting inspired by the designers that aren't afraid to attract attention.

Finally, fashion feels confident and fun! So come on! Let's have some fun. 

Gucci | Alexander McQueen | Creatures of the Wind | Delpozo | Dries Van Noten
Sonia Rykiel | Rodarte | Gucci | No. 21 | Rochas

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What do you think about where fashion is heading? Are you excited for the return of maximalism?

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