Every fashion week has seen strong vinyl looks this season, but none have been quite as expertly sleazy as London’s. Christopher Kane dominated with the majority of his matte nylon dresses contrasting subtly with ruched and baggy PVC overcoats. Disheveled models in slick vinyl skirt suits sauntered down a runway perfectly located in a deserted London office building. The cavernous space provided a sterile backdrop for beyond 9-5 dressing. At Fyodor Golan, the scene was decidedly after-hours, where severe head-to-toe vinyl outfits shone holographic in the spotlights. Set atop plush pink astroturf the carnal stylings juxtaposed a sense of pleasure and pain. In contrast, the a-line vinyl pieces at Erdem and the midi PVC circle skirts at Emilio de la Morena look as if they were made for the madam.
Fashion weeks’ MVP is French model, Josephine Le Tutour. Crazy enviable bone structure and eyebrows to die for, Le Tutour has walked a staggering number of shows this season and the number will only continue to rise. To say her look is versatile is to only skim the surface of her strengths. She’s utterly convincing as everything from all-American mall girl to stately noblewoman, from innocent Pollyanna to smoldering Domme. Something to do with the golden ratio between the softness of her eyes and the imposing boldness of her brows, surely.
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A Wednesday gift from Delpozo to us. You may have gotten a quick look at these lustrous babes from our story on the Delpozo show at NYFW last week. They looked exceptional paired with the retro-future feminine looks but up close they’re strong enough to wear alone. Or if you’re not harbouring nudist tendencies, a pair of black culottes and paper-thin T-shirt works too. I can’t say enough about everything that makes these shoes so memorable: the unexpected pointed toe, the subtle shine of the leather, the modest platform peeking out from under the foot , and of course, the metallic glow of the gold and magenta leather embellishments. All of these elements combine to give the shoes a distinct superhero vibe, and what woman doesn’t want to feel like that?
Turtlenecks are never not in style, but at NYFW’s AW 2014 presentations they were trending specifically as under-layers, peeking out of structured outfits or grounding drapier looks. The skin-tight versions provided a canvas for a number of designers to build on. Every one of Marc by Marc Jacobs‘ riot grrrl cosmonauts was sent down the runway with a white or black turtleneck underneath their future-feminist get ups. At Rodarte, strange patchwork-clad gowns were pulled over spandex stripey variants. Proenza Schouler crafted boxy top-heavy silhouettes by layering thick, speckled turtlenecks under curvaceous blazers and Karen Walker styled her turtlenecks under collared shirts, smock tops, and mod dresses for a late-60s high school art teacher vibe. Models in Opening Ceremony‘s show sported the trend ever so subtly under multiple bundled layers and there was not one bare neck at Alexander Wang and only a couple at Organic by John Patrick. Don’t get left out in the cold, this is a look you can easily replicate while the weather’s still nasty and before everyone starts copping the style next Fall.