Python Prints and More: My 2019 Spring Runway Fashion Recap

This past fashion month has brought so much excitement back to the industry, including myself. My theory stems from the vibrant collections that walked this past month and the enthusiasm it brought. From neons, to pastels, to gender neutral dressing; for the first time in a long time fashion has become exciting again.

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Moreover, fashion has impacted all the tiers of retail, from off-price to luxury. Business has improved and the retail industry is no longer playing safe. Every corner you turn, brands and retailers are competing to be the fashionable authority. Each playing their part in this vigorous, competitive market. 

It’s the season of new creative directors. Burberry’s anticipated show with new designer, Ricardo Tisci, helming from Givenchy. Celine said goodbye (accent é and all) from its reigning creative director, Phoebe Philo and hello to Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane. Just to name a few. However, a fresh look and face doesn’t mean a successful collection. Fashion insiders learned a lot this past month, and so did the brands. Yet, I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty or speak negatively in this post. You can read more about it here or here.

Most importantly, all fashion cities brought it this month. Color really brightened the runway while simultaneously brightening our outlooks. Neon and pastels beautifully competed down the runway with positive recognition. Prabal Gurung and Dior stole the show in these categories.

Gender neutrals paved the way from Maison Martin Margiela, to Comme Des Carcons; voicing that suiting and tailoring is here to stay. Metallics stole my silver heart in Balmain, Louis Vuitton, and Isabel Marant. This trend continued to reign in sequins and sparkles bringing us nostalgic 70’s vibes - which I’m living for. Additionally, we have an 80’s new wave upon us. Designers, such as Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton worked colors and broad shoulders symbolizing this infamous decade. Finally, whether adorned on an oversized blazer, laced over a western boot, or overpowering a trench coat; animal prints are this seasons’ undenied trend. Still it takes over the runway from Off-White to Gucci for Spring. 

Female empowerment is still recognized amongst multiple collections. Louis Vuitton’s creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, vocalized that the strength of women inspired his collection. For me, I feel like I felt a surge of female empowerment from a lot of shows, such as Saint Laurent and Celine.

For my favorite collections this year, and trust me, it was a hard one… Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Maison Martin Margiela, Chloe, and Dries Van Noten… just to name a few. 

xx, Ivanka

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