so much goodness in these three collections, two from brands that i’m all too familiar with and one that’s the debut show from the designer of another of my favorite lines, no. 21. the common thread of all three is powerful women, one unafraid to wear a challenging silhouette, futuristic fabric, or garish colors. alexander wang came out of the balenciaga archives and into the nicolas ghesquiere years, showing a collection of elegant sportswear full of techno fabrics. and the casting—natasha poly, mariacarla, caroline trentini, and queen gisele—throwback names to ghesquiere’s time. dries van noten just did what he does best: mixed prints, textures, and shine, and this time added a 3d element. i’m totally craving a midi tulip hem skirt and an aztec print bomber in safety orange. finally at rochas, alessandro dell’acqua played with less sexy, but no less powerful silhouettes, like shorter jackets layered over a longer flounce top paired with a knee length skirt. and like wang, he played with artificial fabrics like patent leather and dense crystals on shoes, gloves, and jackets. it may not be how i can dress on a daily basis, but exuding strength and power through style is definitely something i aspire to.
pics from style.com; collage by me