Before We Say Good-Bye: Fashion Month’s 13 Most Memorable Moments

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Fashion Week is the most ungodly of misnomers. After all, it is most definitely not a month. Just ask the jetlagged EICs who’ve been sprinting around Europe for four weeks straight on barely more than a few espressos. And yet! The marathon (literally, if you’re Karlie Kloss or Glamour’s Cindi Leive)  is coming to a close and everyone is heading back to their respective fashion capitols. And now, a real break has come. The madness won’t resume until September–that’s six whole months! Let’s all go to St. Barths!

Before you forget it ever happened, let’s recap the most unforgettable moments.

1. Kim Kardashian dyes her hair blonde, goes to great lengths to conceal it until debuting it at Balmain

Leave it to Kimmy K to try to be the center of attention at bestie, Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain show (her #frow seat clearly wasn’t enough). Note: this was a show in which practically every super walked, and Kim still stole it. Lest you think this was some coincidence, it was not. 

So close…but if you look closely! En route, Kardashian was almost meticulous enough to keep her tricks under wraps.

Obviously, many memes ensued:

  2. But then someone else showed up with a new platinum look too! Jared Leto + Kim’s hair = Style twins!! The guess is that, this, having left essentially no time for us to mourn the most epic man-bre there ever was, is in anticipation of his upcoming role as The Joker for 2016’s Suicide Squad film.

2. Lottie Moss makes her runway debut at Rykiel

A casting coup at Rykiel’s library inspired show.

3. Bella Hadid walks Tom Ford With Sister Gigi

 

Sister, Sister.

4. Poodles Steal the Show at VFILES

…And everyone bookmarked DI$COUNT UNIVER$E and poodles.

 

5. Givenchy’s Faux-Piercings and Gelled Baby Hair Stir Controversy

Not everyone was a fan of Riccardo Tisci’s “Victorian Chola Girl” inspired beauty look. Critics pointed out that the “high fashion” look was blatant cultural appropriation.

 

6. Snoop Dogg hit the runway for the Etam show

What’s a lingerie show without a musical guest!?

 

7. Taylor and Karlie sit #FROW at Oscar de la Renta

Vogue’s favorite fashionable besties made an appearance because two is chicer than one.

road tripping in Oscar. @taylorswift @karliekloss from @voguemagazine

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This is how we road trip too. 8. Ralph Lauren Melted Yeezy’s Steely Heart From his Style.com interview:

Ralph is the god. And that’s all I want to say about Ralph.

 

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9. Chanel Made a Restaurant

Wonder what this cost…

 

10. Kanye Got a Do-Over

After two rather poorly-received attempts at design in Paris in 2011/2012, Kanye made a triumphant (mostly?) return, at NYFW–and Kylie got a moment in the sun/shoes of a model. Want a pair of Adidas Yeezy Boosts? Well you can’t have them…
Though 9000 of the sneakers were released to the public, even at $350 a pair, they, unsurprisingly, all sold out. If you are literally in major need of a Yeezy fix, hold tight, Adidas has plans to restock the shoe.

Read more about Yeezy’s super upscale Spanx here.

11. Peter Copping’s OdlR Debut

Hand-picked to work at de la Renta’s side before his passing last fall, Peter Copping stayed graceful in spite of the pressure, with a collection that felt elegant (like any OdlR one should) but refreshingly youthful. It felt like a fitting tribute (rather than a tired repetition) of the house’s trademark uptown style.

 

12. Alessandro Michele Takes the Helm at Gucci

Alessandro Michele’s debut marked a significant break from Friday Giannini’s Gucci. Romantic, eccentric, unkempt, a touch of geek chic, and maybe most notably, those furry hairy shoes. Is it what the Gucci execs were hoping for to boost sales–who knows? But the the internet loved it, and in 2015, that counts…for something.

 

13. …and of course Zoolander 2 Hits Up Valentino!

In a brilliant cross-promotional stunt, the upcoming Zoolander 2 movie and Valentino pulled off the ultimate runway show stunt. Even if you don’t follow fashion at all, odds are you caught Derek Zoolander and Hansel’s Valentino runway walk-off.

More here, (and trust, the more, the better). 

 

PEACE OUT, ‘TIL SEPTEMBER!

Insta-Critic: Sea-Inspired Dressing at Armani

Giorgio Armani is committed to easy, classic tailoring. Closing out MFW today, he showed a daytime uniform of sorts, consisting of fluid trousers and gently-cropped jackets. What broke the tedium of tradition was the season’s ocean inspiration. A jacket in seaglass green and inky black borrowed its texture of fish scales, a shawl with fringe in marine blue fanned like sea spray behind a model as she walked. Even the brushstroke details that cropped up on handbags mimicked the fluidity of the fabrics. For evening, Armani things casual: pink dress + flat boots = ready for the ball.

Backstage at Giorgio Armani FW’15

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A jacket worth jumping for

Blue is the warmest color at @Armani. #GiorgioArmani #blue #mfw #fw15 #YutopiaFashionWeekDiary #lastday #floral #armani

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Marine details at Armani

The new pantsuit backstage

Llega la colección #FW15 de Giorgio @Armani, presentada hoy durante #MFW. #GiorgioArmani

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Black collar evening

Armani finale in pink! @armani #graziamfw #seenbygrazia #mfw

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Ballgowns and boots

Insta-Critic: New Takes on Old Patterns Saturday at MFW

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Stripes, psychedelics, houndstooth…the list goes on. The Saturday shows at Milan Fashion Week were all about print play as designers proved they’re still finding inventive ways to remix old classics.

Bottega Veneta

Show-goers agreed that this season marked a serious style departure for Bottega Veneta. Designer Tomas Maier was clearly feeling bold: his tailoring featured big, sharp shoulders and menswear references, while arty, geometric brush strokes and dots suggested a new enthusiasm for pattern.

#bottegavenetta

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A graphic poncho at Bottega Veneta

Brian Atwood

Based on the glimpse we caught on Instagram, Brian Atwood’s collection featured plenty of lust-worthy boots. We noticed the rubber boots in monochromatic harlequin prints but the real stand-outs were those ridiculously high leather and suede boots–which will replace pants altogether when paired with cozy sweater dresses come fall.

 

Sky-high boots at Brian Atwood

Pucci

Saturday marked the end of Peter Dundas’s six year tenure at Pucci. The creative director signed off injecting his unapologetic penchant for rock ‘n roll into the house’s trademark psychedelic prints. A bevy of black and whites kicked off the show, and things closed with form-fitting dresses illustrated with astrological motifs inspired by each model’s zodiac sign.

Llega la colección #FW15 de @emiliopucci, a cargo de su Director Creativo, @peter_dundas. #Repost #EmilioPucci #PeterDundas

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Graphic dressing at Pucci

Jil Sander

Creative director Rodolfo Paglialunga sent out tailored, wearable, architectural looks inspired by a ’70s sense of color experimentation while staying true to the label’s modern, minimalist aesthetic.

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Cool cross-hatched separates at Jil Sander

Ermanno Scervino

Scervino’s collection opened with high-end takes on the puffer (reminiscent of Fendi last week). These arctic-tundra-chic looks were followed by monochrome dressing in bold royal blue. Finally, there were a host of looks dedicated to houndstooth: Scervino playfully abstracted and scattered the pattern across dresses, jackets, and even chubby fur coats. No matter the look though, models sported brooding, dark lips throughout the show.

Houndstooth dresses backstage

Insta-Critic: Sunday in Milan Has Color Blocking for Everyone

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If, like me, you imagine that the Milanese spend their days soaking up the infinite opportunities for arts and culture that surround them, then the painterly, artistic touches on the clothes in many of Sunday’s collections at MFW will come as no surprise.

MSGM

The silhouettes at MSGM were sophisticated (tailored jackets, trousers, and necks wrapped up in scarves) but the colors (which popped up as contrasting pockets, and on extra-long scarves) reminded us of the youthful-appeal for which the brand is known.

#MSGM #MassimoGiorgetti #WomenCollection #FallWinter2015 #FW15 #Backstage #MFW | @mrmsgm @msgm_official |

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(Some of the other color-blocked scarves nearly hit the floor).

Missoni

The classic Italian brand’s collection served as a this-is-how-it’s-done lesson in print-mixing.      

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Oversized blazers gave off subtle 80s vibes.  

Salvatore Ferragamo

Another collection dedicated to waist accentuation–(see also, Sportmax, earlier this week), a majority of the looks that went down the Ferragamo runway were accented by knotted belts ranging in color and texture, but not style or impact. The collection also featured a host of color-blocked creations (a trend for sure, but in far more muted-colors than the ones at MSGM) which looked like they could just as easily be framed-canvas-creations.

Arrivederci Milano! Thankyou @ferragamo for having me in your beautiful show today!

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The Ferragamo belt.

Marni

With a pared-down aesthetic, signature Marni quirk was delivered via big, artsy earrings, and colorful snakeskin shoes. The clothes themselves were cut in simple silhouettes, and mostly neutral hues. Add another talley mark to your waist-accentuation count, though at Marni this came in the form of totally unembellished, wider belts. Finally, there was ample use of fur, most notably on pockets.

– MARNI –

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Insta-Critic: Emoji-Dressing at Versace

A heavily-sequined, glam-fueled affair is par for the course when it comes to Versace–and today’s show in Milan was no exception. What sets this season apart is a new approach to the label’s heritage. In a bold but basic palette of red, yellow, green, and blue, the Versace logo emerged as a design element, winding its way across shoulder straps and shoe heels, while alphabet letters spelled out the label’s name on sweatshirts and suit jackets. If this seems like a return to 90s logomania, think again. Donatella Versace had a decidedly contemporary take on the matter: her show notes called all those reworked logos “the emoji of the future.”

Red lights at @versace_official. Waiting for the show #mfw

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The pre-show staging at Versace

 

 

Miss Kloss shows off the bling

Donatella revisiting @Versace_Official in the 1990’s for AW 2015

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90s game strong at Versace

 

The letters of @versace_official remixed like the blingiest alphabet soup ever

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The logo laden line up

Detalles en la colección #FW15 de @versace_official, presentada hoy durante #MFW. #Versace

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Pattern detail and primary color

Insta-Critic: Leather-Tied Waists at Sportmax

Sportmax showed a sumptuous collection brimming with rich fabrics. Cognac leather coats and warm camel wraps stayed cinched at the waist, tied by leather knots–a detail that carried throughout most of the show’s looks. Still, by no means did it feel stuffy. Edges were unfinished or decked out in fringe, while sweaters dangled off shoulders and featured slouchy sleeves that skimmed the models’ fingertips. Black floral prints on day dresses were repeated in eye-catching evening wear appliqués. But the piece that got all the smart phones in a frenzy? A sweater with the same black print, wittily reincarnated in graphic shag.

#Sportmax#Camel#italy#fashion#Fashion#Ready-to-wear#FW15#fashion-show

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Rich camel wraps

From the Sportmax’s finale. Spotted Binx Walton wearing classy leather coat. #MFW #milan #FW15 #AW15 #sportmax #fashion #runway

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The runway finale at Sportmax

Sportmax AW 2015-16#sportmax #mfw #fashion #GFR #globefashionrunway #fashionweek #milan #runway #rtw

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The sweater of the season on the runway

Thank you @lindatol_ for stopping for a picture! :)) #sportmax #graziathailandtomilanfashionweek #mfw

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…and on the street.

Insta-Critic: Moschino Gets Hip Hop Happy

If there’s a lesson to be learned from Moschino’s explosive show today, it’s that hip hop’s going nowhere. Designer Jeremy Scott made classical hip-hop references with over-sized clothes (taken to extreme proportions with the added help of inflation), graffiti-print ballgowns, baseball caps, and plenty of heavy-duty gold chains. And just in case Scott’s penchant for splashing Looney Tunes cartoons across clothes seems like a bit of a digression, look again: even Daffy Duck was sporting a flat-top and a whole lot of bling.

@Moschino gang. #Moschino F/W’15 by @itsjeremyscott. #MFW

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Inflatable brights backstage

Loving @moschino ‘s AW15 Looney Tunes collection

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Looney Tunes on parade

Boom Bang @moschino #MFW

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Teddy bear party girls

#moschino #jeremyscott

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Insta-Critic: Prada’s Very Modern Princess

One would imagine, based on the looks of it, that to live in Miuccia Prada’s imagination, would be a beautiful thing. Today’s whimsical collection was full of Prada-typical unusual color combos, lots of suiting (in neoprene!), tweed coats with fur panels, and 90s babydoll dresses with embellishments fit for a fairy princess. Finally, homage was paid to Amal Clooney’s gloves, almost all the models wore elbow-length colorful iterations, and get ready to see a lot of those two-toned loafers this time next year.

The @Prada parade, full of neoprene suits (and Amal Clooney gloves) @glamourmag

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A parade of fun suits

Prada in pink, with a wink. (RG @id_magazine).

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Unexpected color combinations and unusual embellishments.

Modern day princess vibes.

Pastels on parade at @prada.

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Quirky elegance

Insta-Critic: Fendi’s Furry Feet

Fendi (& Karl) understand that winter is rough, and so why not take a puffer jacket and make it a strapless evening dress? Why not cover wedge boots in shearling? Such were the tones–of ultra-glam comfort in exclusively autumnal hues at Fendi this morning in Milan. Collars, turtlenecks, and gorgeously tailored coats met more voluminous, quirky fashions–the furs, the shearlings, and the leather pinafores. A bit of a 60s vibe echoed throughout the collection as well–think round shades, color-blocking in muted-tones reminiscent of abstract art, and a long white shag vest. May warmth in winter always be so chic.

Joan Smalls in a strapless puffer.

Wedge boot shown with every look @fendi #mfw #fall15

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Fendi wedge boots–and a single flower in the bag.

Leather tunics @fendi

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Leather overall vibes and shearling feet.

A bit of fur @fendi #mfw

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All fur, everywhere.