10. Bibhu Mohapatra’s collection took its style cues from the Eastern world. Models in plenty of red, gold and Asian motifs strutted down the runway, but it was this joyful and feminine look that stole the show early on. A dragonfly embellished coat added playfulness to the sleek silhouette of a knee length pencil skirt and fitted, button-down blouse in contrasting black and white patterns.
9. Erdem’s runway show took us back to an era of glamour, the kind found in a fabulous 1940s film. Combining a ladylike, voluminous silhouette with a rich fabric and gorgeous embellishments, this burgundy coat seemed to make everyone’s wish list the moment it stepped out on the runway.
8. Alberta Ferretti’s collection embraced all things sleepwear: venturing from a world of delicate lingerie to pajama inspired pieces. It was this number, with lavish embroidery and movement that seemed to garner the most admiration from the crowd. The lighter olive color (a hue usually attributed to more utilitarian pieces) also added contrast to the, otherwise, delicate piece.
7. Valentino embraced movement with a collection that celebrated dance and music. Models walked the runway in tutus, evocative of ballerinas coming and going from a very fashionable rehearsal. In a dashing world of black, albeit in a multitude of textures, the standout garment was this long, nude, crystal embroidered gown that looked more apropos for the prima ballerina’s opening night.
6. Above all, Yigal Azrouel’s collection proved that the designer has mastered the art of making a great jacket. At times, Azrouël’s showing felt gloomy, with more serious pieces in a darker color palette in a bevy of heavy fabrics. This black, off the shoulder jacket was fresh and ventured from the sometimes too serious looks that filled the runway show.
5. Max Mara knows the art of perfect proportions and immaculate tailoring. Fabulous coats are to be expected in Fall/Winter collections, but this impeccably tailored, sparkly number meets at just the perfect midway point between femininity and masculinity, making it the perfect piece to pair with trousers.
Dries Van Noten
4. Dries Van Noten’s Fall/Winter collection alluded to a powerful, no nonsense woman, one whose style choices lean more towards structure and lush fabrics and ventures far from anything delicate or too girly. For the confident Dries Van Noten fan, the moment of total runway fulfilment came towards the end of the show. Perfectly structured, but with a print that doesn’t take itself too seriously, this might be the suit that takes the confident fashionista from business to play all through the colder months.
3. Emanuel Ungaro’s show embraced the 1970s, a time of indulgence and dance moves never to be forgotten. In true “save the best for last” fashion, Ungaro’s last piece was the star of the show. The black and gold high number, shiny and flowy, offered up a flirty and fun silhouette for evening wear.
2. We’ve come to expect nothing less than beautiful, feminine looks from Reem Acra, whose designs have catapulted her to a go-to designer for any bride-to-be. For the Fall/Winter collection, though, it was the designer’s black lace looks that had the crowd mesmerized. The crème de la crème was this black lace floor length gown adorned with a dazzling bodice. On its own, the dress was stunning, but with the added art-deco style bodice, the look became pure perfection.
1. Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter show was a crowd-pleaser all around. The show was like something out of a fashion devotee’s most pleasant dreams. Ruffles, lace and butterflies adorned floor length gowns, shorter, frillier dresses and leather pieces. The crowd’s favorite look, though, seemed to be this gorgeous nude gown, with vibrant embroideries borrowing hues and elements from nature. ■