As the slew of this season’s shows sashay past the runways, it all boils down to two of the most apparent themes—the ’60s and the ’70s. Whether in low-key cool or in high-glam and luxurious iterations, the two eras are having a moment in a play of contrasts; tailored versus loose silhouettes, solid versus patterned textures, pastel versus earthy tones.
If I’m being totally honest, my inner hippie squeals all too joyfully at the return of the free-spiritedness of the ’70s on the runways. Gucci emerges with chiffon tiered and pleated dresses and skirts, billowy blouses, and accessorizes with scarves and berets. Stella Jean makes a Himalayan-inspired lineup the coolest in an assortment of eye-catching patterns and colors, while Chloé goes on a play of neutrals with French girl nonchalance present in pretty much every collection, really. Sonia Rykiel is all about the navy mohair sweaters, shearling-lined coats, and corduroy flares. But the shocker of the season is Burberry Prorsum, abandoning their signature tailored aesthetic for an abundance of patchwork, patterns, and textures (fringe, people!).
I can’t say I’m displeased that the ’60s are here to stay, either. Prada eased into Fashion Week with a pastel feast as models strutted down the runways in baby doll and trapeze dresses coupled with mary-janes. Fendi turns to a sleeker route in prim, proper, and ladylike classics in unusual proportions, as Max Mara channels the sensuality of Marilyn Monroe in the most alluring neutrals. Peter Pilotto and Valentino make an unforgettable presence with their loud graphics (and a Zoolander cameo from the latter, no less) this season.
Now ladies, it’s all on us to take it from the runway and wear it the real way.