The Impression brings you our Top 10 Shows of Season.
By Kenneth Richard |The Impressionist
After a whirlwind 28 straight days of shows, it is easy to be numbed by the volume of looks offered, yet Fall 2015 left us inspired by fashion’s current state of renewal. While obvious that the industry is in flux from grooming new talent to dealing with economic stagnation, the shows hinted at optimism and the promise of a new guard that is ready to step up. New York saw some of its established houses find their inner core and produce strong commercial as well as editorial worthy collections with Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors leading the charge. Younger houses including Rodarte, Jason Wu, and Proenza Schouler displayed collections that showed how well American fashion could play on an international stage.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Peter Pilotto gave London a lift while fellow British designer Sarah Burton in her Paris showing for Alexander McQueen produced a haunting, dreamlike romanticism that was ultimately sensual and stunning. Haunting was indeed a theme repeated from Marc Jacobs to Alexander McQueen to No.21, but all with an air of romance.
Milan, traditionally grounded in tradition, mixed it up this season mainly due to Alessandro Michele’s reworking of Gucci, steering the brand in the polar opposite direction to that of previous steward, Tom Ford. The result was a softer side of sexiness, whose success will ultimately be determined via the cash register. Prada also found its softness, offering an updated and pretty version of the brand which it hasn’t shown in years. Meanwhile, Trussardi toughened up and marched to its own drum with an ultra strong and sexy, sophisticated collection full of rich metallics and sexy knits. Karl Lagerfeld offered a strong cubist vision at Fendi that we believe may lead to one of fall’s most dynamic ad campaigns.
Paris came out a winner this season, with Karl Lagerfeld offering a richly traditional collection for the suit set at Chanel while Alber Elbaz drew from his roots at Geoffrey Beene to produce an ultra powerful version of the Lanvin woman. Balenciaga received a mixed reaction, yet designer Alexander Wang’s dip into the brand’s heritage silhouettes brought relevant femininity to the brand and added a unique tool to his designer toolkit. We are excited to see what he does with it next.
After all of The Impression review scores, the final tallies are in and here are The Impression’s Top 10 Shows of Fall 2015.