While fashion might be saying more than basics, it also seems to be heading back to nature. An influx of prints, striped prints, bright prints, and animal prints was all the rage this season. Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Giambalista Valli, Blumarine, Burberry Porsum, Dolce and Gabanna all shared in the animal fever. Along with infusions of color, there were definite inspirations from wildlife in clothes, and accessories with fur, feathers, and fringe. Alexander McQueen had a fabulous orange butterfly dress that at first glance looked like snake skin pattern. What Sarah Burton did with feathers, and texture to create a whimsical fairy, heroine with tailoring techniques, goddess divine shoes, and accessories sent chills down my creative being and made my head spin. She was able to stay true to the house, yet bring the artwork down to earth in a real life fantastical way. The wedges were a fairytale creation of desire to be coveted. Completed with perfectly balanced and more subtle handbag designs, and a phenomenal feather encrusted corset style belt. The show, for more reasons than this, was one to be remembered.
For the young at heart, Wunderkind along with Stella McCartney did some really fun, and bright prints. Isabel Marmant was the perfect young Parisian embodiment of eclectic chic. Russian designer Valentin Yudashkin did a fab job combining bright fruit punchy colors that actually are able to be worn on that once a year color of carpet that we all look forward to watching. There seemed to be a reoccurring push of the tunic and my favorite was Giambattista Valli sheer number with the shock of orange silk screened motif. I will once again mention Christopher Bailey, his sense of reinvention, and nod to heritage but totally new look is ingenuously fresh and hot. He is another excellent example of a designer who is keeping the company bones intact, while bringing it into the twenty first century. His ability to brand, yet revolutionize the designs and company are ingenious. I am totally lured in.