Spanning revulsion, eye-rolls and a smattering of magnificence Fashion Month has closed. This time around I monitored the runways a LOT more than usual. And let me tell you. It's GD exhausting. They say 3x makes a trend.  Well the following "short" list hits the majority of the trends.

  • Pleats
  • Ruffles
  • Exposed Shoulders
  • Layered white T's
  • Dangly bits
  • Nighties
  • Midriffs
  • Dusters
  • Netting
  • Paper-bag waists
  • Underpants
  • Wide Stripes
  • Fringe
  • Leopard print
  • Obis

Honest to god it goes on. That's a crap-ton of trends right? Now imagine 3 or more of them applied at one time. Oy. I've been compiling lists for a a couple of blogs - and I'm having a difficult time narrowing things down, because for instance: 85% of SS16 shows have off the shoulder or cut-out shoulders, 90% of shows are ruffle heavy and 60% of shows have some form or another of pleats.  One show used egg yolks as a print. It was as distasteful as you'd expect. 

Some designers seem to have embraced things like the lazy shoulders in a whim.
"Aw crap, I heard So & So is doing cut-away shoulders - I guess I should jump on that band wagon just in case." frantic snipping* 
"What? ruffles too? Damnit . . . okay, but make them net!" cracking whip*

Then there are the designers who fixate on a  trend. Lets use silky nightgowns as an example. The designer configures them in every known way so that their collection becomes a variation on one idea - If you've seen one piece you've seen the whole dang collection. 
"Okay, we have a white satin nightgown, we have a white satin nightgown with a slit up the side, we have a white satin nightgown with wider straps, we have a sheer white nightgown and we've done all of those in ecru also . . . hmmm what are we missing?"

muffled coughing*  Calvin Klein muffled coughing* 

What I don't get is how celebrated designers are blatant rip-offs of others and how some designers using the EXACT SAME TREND can be so different. There are few collections that maintained their aesthetic, at the same time 'keeping up with' The Season while remaining fresh. Below are my pics for favorite shows. I'll be clear, it's not like I'd wear everything that flounced down these runways but there's something attractive and cohesive about these collections that kept me interested through the 30 - 90 looks. Also I like kittens. 

  1. Delpozo
  2. Etro
  3. Gucci
  4. Proenza Schouler
  5. Peter Pilotto
  6. Altuzarra
  7. Dries Van Noten
  8. Chloe
  9. Ellery
  10. Stella McCartney
  11. Dior



There you have it. Two slideshows - one containing the trends ranging from mediocre to attention seeking. The second a slide show with what I believe to be the cream of the crop.

Enjoy. Or don't. Whatever.