Is it me or does Mary Katrantzou just keeps on getting chicer and chicer? It seems as if the further she walks away from her print comfort zone, the better her collections become. In case AW14 wasn’t amazing enough, her Resort 2015 collection has shown a totally new side of her. It is elegant but fresh, sexy but subtle, fun but refined. This is a more mature version of Katrantzou, but it is definitely still so Mary.
Going over Marc Jacobs Cruise 2015 collection was like unwrapping a shimmering mid-year present. It’s like one of those gifts that shimmer so brightly, you actually consider not unwrapping it at all. It seems as if that was what the designers at MJ had in mind when they came up with Resort 2015. Why choose between the colourful wrapping paper, the lush ribbons or the glossy bows, when the sight of them combined brings us such excitement?
If I am an accessory-holic (and there is a big chance of it), then I have definitely found accessories to indulge in. Shoes and handbags were all-glitter, all-bows, all-embellishments. And don’t even get me started on the boots (which have a high resemblance to Saint Laurent AW14 ones, if I may point out). Guipure lace here and there also made a stellar appearance in the form of dresses and trousers. This was surely a season made only for the lively ones!
Some people think that first impressions are of utmost importance. For me, first impressions are like book covers, you get a glimpse of what the book is about and what praises it gets, but you don’t really know if you like it or not until you get immersed in the story that it withholds.
So Ghesquière’s AW14 show for Louis Vuitton was the cover to this book, and Resort 2015 was the prologue. I have to admit, his second collection really engaged me. It absorbed me into an underwater world of coral reefs and slenderness. How could it not? There were models walking on water (who said fashion couldn’t defy gravity?) and colourful garments swaying in and out of the runway, as if swiftly pushed by the ocean waves. It was a relaxing voyage to a place of experimentation. Mix-matching prints, colours and materials were everywhere to be seen. The reinventing of silhouettes, genres, and pieces had its climax on that reversed off-the-shoulder top. My absolute favourite, however, were those super elegant, and elongating flare trousers in pastel pink and yellow! Yes, Yes, Yes! Need I say anything more about them?
The first thing I noticed at Chanel Cruise 2015 were the big half moons glued to the models’ foreheads. Karl’s muses marched down the runway sporting their wild manes pushed back by headbands, as if they were Sailor Moon’s Luna’s soldiers (remember?, the super cute cat with a moon stuck to her head?) Total childhood memories! Am I right?
Second in line of the most noticeable pieces were the absolutely unnecessary knee-length socks paired up with summer sandals, which I ironically hated and loved at the same time! And let’s not forget that huge pearl handbag, as well as those intricate and billowy harem trousers (oh yes, and they were practically under everything…) For all I know, the 84 looks rose up to the classic One thousand and One Nights. After this collection, you’ll definitely find me wishing upon a blue moon.