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In a galaxy [not so far] far away, the Mulleavy sisters did what they do best: transported us all into the depths of their imagination. The design duo is known for bringing unlikely references they dig up from their fertile minds to life, which has been the key to their success, even though some collections have been more critically acclaimed than others. No matter, it never fails to tickle something in the audience, whether they're bringing us an interpretation of Japanese horror movies or Star Wars -- case in point. The signature Rodarte craftsmanship is undeniable and the efforts of integrating more wearable pieces in the collection were successful ones. May the force be with you (sorry, couldn't help myself).
It's pretty obvious who Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's woman is. They unabashedly design for themselves, which is totally ok given the legions of Olsen-bots out there -- it's far from a confusing concept. The girls who have been following their style journey since their boho-chic days, circa 2003, are watching (and mimicking) their every sartorial mood, but much of The Row's appeal is its unequivocal success in reaching the woman who desires refined, subtle, ultra luxurious materials and clothing cut with a masterful hand (with the bank account to go with it). Cult following still taking memberships.
The first thing I thought when I saw the set was, like everyone else, that we were going to be transported to a chalet in Aspen. When the first look appeared, it was clear that it was Aspen by way of Seattle and the Four Corners. The outerwear was stupendous and the plaid was youthful and covetable. The last few dresses were questionable, in my humble opinion, but altogether it made for a compelling message. I still wanted to do some cocooning in front a fireplace at the ski lodge, [spiked] hot cocoa in hand.
So remember how I proclaimed Victoria Beckham's collection as one of my favorites of the week so far? Add to that the amazing offerings from Wes Gordon. His looks were simple and effortless and imbued a refinement that can only be attained by clean lines and interesting proportions. He basically sent down the runway every single thing I want to wear and depicted precisely the woman I wish I could be.
Vera Wang's woman alway appeals to me. The bridal giant always puts out a collection that feels youthful, cool and somewhat boho. For fall, Vera went to the grungy dark side, putting out a very somber but extremely expensive-looking collection, punctuating most of the looks with creepy crawlers in the form of jewelry. The embellishments were divine and the oversized nature of the pieces made it all look like it was the most organic way of dressing.
It's always such a delight to go through the J.Crew collection. Preppy DNA aside, they've become known for their cool styling, making unusual pairings work, and have become the go-to for a lot of girls, including the quirky ones with an office job. That's how I see it, anyway. Their pieces always follow the same direction but they have a knack for constantly making them feel fresh and new. Among those were new introductions in line with the emerging trends of the week, like graphic color block, long menswear-inspired overcoats, chunky cosby sweaters and wide-leg trousers.