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PFW’s tagline could be “expect the unexpected” at this point, and we love it. Being surprised at Paris Fashion Week, after the coherently themed NYFW, LFW, and MFW, is definitely a breath of fresh air, and we cannot wait to see what the last fall 2018 runway shows have in store for us. As of now, we are living for the fall 2018 collections of Isabel Marant, Off-White, and Loewe, which brought equestrian-chic leitmotifs, Victorian streetwear accents, and heavily deconstructed garments onstage.
Isabel Marant Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
What happens when you combine cowgirl accents with nomadic-chic vibes? According to Isabel Marant, whose fall 2018 collection was one of the latest presented at PFW, the results are equally chic whether combined or on their own, as putting a well-balanced runway show gets easier when you are not forced to mix-and-match different patterns with one another.
For the Isabel Marant fall 2018 collection, the French designer opted for either cowgirl-flavored outfits, among which the it-items were the boots (like seriously, everyone is talking about them!), or red carpet/ cocktail-ready attire options, which were either super feminine or more mannish.
Although hybrids between such styles were presents, Marant favored distinctive looks over mixed ones, leaving us the option to play with contrasting styles if we are ever feeling to.
The inspirations behind the collection were many and were all to be found in a sort of ultra soigné road movie. “It was about Western America but seen through eyes of Jim Jarmusch and John Cassavetes films,” Isabel Marant explained backstage. “All the laid-back cowboys, a bit trashy, a bit lost.”
So, if you love the nomadic-chic look and can’t wait to store your wardrobe with some cool Western-approved proposals, we suggest alternating Isabel Marant’s strong figures and heavy textures with the Etro fall 2018 collection’s more romantic prairie dresses, as the results will surely end up being quite interesting.
Off-White Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Eighties aside, apparently, equestrian-inspired outfits are a thing, too. Well, at least when it comes to the accessories and the fall 2018 prints.
Acclaimed Virgil Abloh just presented his equestrian-chic Off-White fall 2018 collection at PFW on Thursday, making us travel all the way back to NYFW.
Entitled “West Village,” the Off-White fall 2018 collection was inspired by New York’s West Village-based women who go to the gym on weekdays and then ride “horses in Westchester [on weekends],” as Abloh explained backstage, and which could be easily labeled as “posh.”
However, since it’s PFW, and Off-White’s audience is quite diverse (although closer to the urban-chic aesthetics), Abloh brought a few “ready-to-party-in-a-chic-suburban-club” outfits on stage, as well, alternating corsets, shirts, tall boots, and jodhpurs with deconstructed suits and quite noticeable metallic tops.
Well-crafted and precisely embroidered, Off-White’s fall 2018 collection was (as usual) a visual embodiment of the designer’s perspectives on fashion, which usually split the population and the industry into two halves. While on one side we have those who can’t help but love anything that he does, on the other, there’s inevitably someone who can’t stand him.
In the middle there’s him, Abloh himself, who has become a sensation as a result. And we might have just a transposition of that within this Off-White fall 2018 collection, too. Almost in the middle of the runway show, the designer presented his unconventional “split personality dress,” which is probably the epitome of all things Off-White and Abloh. And we love/ hate it!
Loewe Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
If you thought lingerie pieces worn over regular garments were not a thing anymore, you’d better think twice! Visionary and ambitious Loewe’s creative director, Jonathan Anderson, embraced a “thinking out of the box” attitude for his latest Loewe fall 2018 collection, mixing creativity and unexpected patterns with Loewe’s sartorial legacy and craftsmanship.
Overall practical and functional, each and every Loewe fall 2018 outfit or separate is not properly unconventional (maybe except for the runway show’s very last pieces), and could be thus flaunted all day and all winter long (also: if you are looking for a warm coat to invest in, Loewe is the place to go!).
However, if you look closer trying to immerse yourself deeper in Anderson’s stream of fashion consciousness, you might instantly notice his attention to detail and proportions, which all in all translated Loewe’s visions for the fall 2018 season into something unique and unrepeatable.
Strategic collars, layers of leathery fabrics flowing in the air, sensual cut-outs, and subtly deconstructed garments were at the core of the collection, adding distinctive haute couture accents to the styles that, otherwise, would end up being boringly urban.
Given how incredibly high Loewe’s sales have turned out to be ever since Anderson got appointed, and how significantly positive his extravagantly sophisticated approach to fashion is internationally perceived, we expect this latest collection of his to fly off the shelves, indeed.
Photos via Vogue