Gucci: Geek Chic
Alessandro Michele won over the fashion crowd yet again with another redefining Gucci collection. The show encapsulated a street style attitude with the help from graffiti artist ‘Trouble Andrew’ who Michele hired for this season to freestyle paint on bags and create graffiti prints for statement pieces. The collection yet again exuded an electric mix of colours and prints, all of which was beautifully composed together; creating a show that looked SO effortlessly curated. Michele has continued to stay close to the classic geek chic vibe of his collection, where a focus on androgyny and the push towards a genderless fashion future; in the face of a modern renaissance. It’s pretty safe to say that the Gucci utopia is showing no signs of dulling down.
My inspired Gucci look from the high street was based on the all in one colour palette featured in the show. I was completley obsessed with the totally gorgeous sherbet pink head to-toe look and the floral print suits, I decided to mix them together and Gucci-fy myself in this perfect pink suit from Topshop. I added a pink pussy-bow blouse from ASOS underneath; in keeping with the much loved geek-chic trend. I loved the contrast of the pastel tones and the harshness of the bold black bow finish. To pull the look all together I added this dreamy metallic floral print jacket also from ASOS; a nod to the outstanding eccentricity of Michele’s use of print, texture and diverse mixture in materials. In keeping with his eccentricity I added these to-die-for metallic gold ankle boots from Topshop…a total must-have!
Coach: The Cool-Girl Gang
It’s back to school with Coach 1941’s AW16 collection; even the show space was a gymnasium on the West Side Highway. Stuart Vevers created an Ivy league street style collection with easy-to-wear floral butterfly collared blouses, oversized varsity bomber jackets and metallic boots. With clothes not being such a strong element to the brand in the past, Vevers has brought the brand back to the forefront of fashion by sticking to the brands strong American heritage and identity. In keeping with this idea he has managed to create playful, upbeat and quirky collections over his past two years at Coach. Taking archetypal pieces such as the classic varsity bomber jacket and turning it into something new. The varsity jacket highlights upon the traditional idea of being part of a gang, in this case a TOTALLY awesome and well-dressed girl gang… that we all wanna be a part of! Not forgetting an absolute must-have statement piece for next years AW16 wardrobe.
I styled this look with a cool-girl attitude to an alternative school uniform, hyping it up with this immense hot pink sequin collared shirt from ASOS, a classic leather mini skirt from Urban Outfitters and finishing off the outfit with biker boots from ASOS and this ultimate oversized bomber jacket from New Look. I loved the fun youthfulness that the collection imitated, mixing classic preppy looks with playful out there metallic touches. I tried to emulate that in my look with the sequin collared shirt and shiny bold bomber jacket proving that sequins do work for daytime, just remember to keep the rest of your outfit simple, like wearing these flat biker boots.
Alexander Wang: New Age Punk
Alexander Wang’s AW16 collection set the stage for a new age punk; Wang’s girl embodied a rebellious attitude, with models stomping down the catwalk at Saint Bartholomew’s Church. Wang moved slightly away from his usual model off-duty vibe and instead created an updated version of the traditional punk leather clad. The collection showed a distinct change to the prototypical grunge ‘I don’t care’ attitude in clothing, a twist on the tend resulted in perfectly frayed tweed and leather suits finished with metal details, mohair crop-tops, neon beanies and dripping with chain and leather jewellery, not forgetting the marijuana leaf print pieces, talk about Instabait! Wang has definitely returned to his roots after his creative direction at Balenciaga, with the sense of the angelic luxury designs out of his system, it's safe to say his rebellious return has paved its way to a new era in punk dressing and I can't deny...I’m kinda feeling it.
I styled my Wang look with this fabulous fluffy coat from ASOS; which reminded me of the similar faux fur patterns included in the show. I loved the shaggy laid-back attitude that the coat had contrasted with this leather mini skirt from Urban Outfitters; adding an element of structure to the look, which was shown in Wang’s leather pieces. I teamed the look with this mesh top from Missguided, fishnet tights to emulate that punk element, a black velvet chocker necklace from Urban Outfitters and finally a vintage chain belt of my own; that I found in this fantastic little vintage shop in downtown New York.
Burberry: 70s Glam Rock
This season Burberry’s AW16 collection had a buy now element with customers able to pre-order selected pieces from the show and later view the whole collection in all its glory; at the Regent Street flagship store. With their previous show falling on the day the nation lost a national treasure; David Bowie, there was a noticeable sense of Ziggy Stardust showman style in the collection; an underlining tribute to the legend himself perhaps? Christopher Bailey’s revamp of the 70s glam-rock era involved bold flower power sequin dresses, contrasted with tomboy biker boots, floaty maxi dresses and cool military jackets. There was an underlining quirkiness to the collection and the collection emulated a laid-back rock’n’roll vibe, with easy to wear pieces.
I was totally in love with the mini sequin dresses and long laid-back khaki trench combo, the idea of daytime sequins…LOVE. As I said earlier, when worn right (like these Burbs dresses) it can be a total killer look. I styled this Burberry look with this awesome striped sequin t-shirt dress, long khaki trench and black studded biker boots; all from ASOS.