Tuesday, October 22, 2013

On the Catwalk

Because I have been taking my first fashion business class while in Korea, to do research for my assignments, I have to look at a dizzying amount of collections and runway shows in order to research trends and how the market reacts to the designs put on the runway each season. It's really incredible to think about all the players in the fashion industry: the people who are predicting colors for 6 years in the future, and then looking at mega trends, and the teams who are deciding the popular fabrics, then designers who need to take all that knowledge and design 2 years in advance, etc. It's really interesting! At first, seeing all the designers who just showed in one city was crazy, but then going on to look at all the other cities and all the designers in each region, it's really incredible! I'm quite blown away by it all. I think I'm even more blown away by all those viewers who give up sleep and food to run to each show and watch.

After researching so many opinions and designs, I have a new found respect for designers and their point of view, even if I don't personally like what they've created. I also found that I love the collections coming out of Valentino for the past few years! I first fell in love with them when looking in Vogue and seeing one of their ads. I thought I only loved the clothing for the photograph that it was in, but looking at this year's collection and next year's collection, I realized that I not only love the ads, but the clothing as well! (So just as a warning, more than half of this post is of Valentino...)

Also, I know the point of a runway show is to have the models look cohesive, but it's makes me uncomfortable when they all look exactly the same. Like, with Jean Paul Gautlier, at least he allowed the models to wear their hair naturally and that gave them all a bit different of a look. But with Valentino (as much as I love the clothes), they even pick really similar looking models, which boxes them into a single type of girl who can wear their clothing. Tall, thin, pale, light hair. I know that's their style, but over a few different collections, they've stayed so close to the same girl. Though I need to give them credit for their S/S 2014 Ready-to-Wear runway, since they did get varying degrees of models, but it was still dominated by the pale girls with extremely sharp features.

Anyway, here are clothes I really liked from this year and last year!

New York Fashion Week 2014, photographed by Gilwoo Lee

S/S 2014 Ready-to-Wear: 10 Crosby Derek Lam

S/S 2014 Ready-to-Wear: Creatures of Comfort

S/S 2014 Ready-to-Wear: Jean Paul Gaultier (I mostly just LOVE the hair)

F/W 2013 Ready-to-Wear: Valentino

F/W 2013 Ready-to-Wear: Valentino

F/W 2013 Ready-to-Wear: Valentino

S/S 2013 Resort: Valentino

S/S 2014 Ready-to-Wear: Red Valentino

F/W 2013 Ready-to-Wear: Red Valentino

F/W 2013 Pre-Collection: Valentino

F/W 2013 Pre-Collection: Valentino

F/W 2013 Pre-Collection: Valentino

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