10 best moments from fashion week you might have missed
Shock and awe
And just like that, fall/winter fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris have come and gone. At a glance, the shows went on as predicted. Karl Lagerfeld proved yet again that he is an unstoppable force (maybe 'g-force' is more appropriate in light of Chanel's fall/winter show), Jeremy Scott had millennial tongues wagging at Moschino, and as with every season, there was one colourway that will paint much of what fill stores this September — engine red.
Having said that, look a little closer and you'll notice a ripple, a subtle but significant departure from traditions this year. Fashion got vocal and visual with politics (hello, Prabal Gurung, Public School, Missoni), it finally started to truly embrace diversity (thank you, Dries Van Noten, The Row and Yeezy) and the blueprints of past runways were tossed for a new era of reimagination (Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs).
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr famously said, "The more things change, the more they stay the same". Thankfully, we're a lot more optimistic than a 209-year-old French critic. No offense. Oh and here are the omg/wtf/lol/yay moments from fashion week that we love.
1. Chanel blasts off
Trust the kaiser to actually pull off launching a rocket ship during the finale of the Chanel show at the Grand Palais, after showing 96 space-themed looks Neil Armstrong would have been proud of. Lift off happened at a countdown to 5, because Chanel No. 5. Brill. #toinfinityandbeyond
2. Dries Van Noten's 100th show
A centennial is not the time to indulge in a restrained commemoration, although it was reportedly what Dries Van Noten wanted for the maison. While some agree that he succeeded, we maintain that his tribute was the grandest of all — the designer cast 54 models of all ages, all of whom have shared his colourful history of 100 shows. Why yes, 50 is the new 20.
3. Halima Aden wears hijab on runways
Statistically, the runways of fall/winter 2017 season were not as diverse as that of the spring/summer 2017 season, but can you deny that Halima Aden and her hijab, as seen at Yeezy, Max Mara and Alberta Ferretti, shattered long-established stereotypes about Muslim women? Singapore has more than our fair share of hijabi style stars, so we're glad the rest of the world is getting a clue at long last.
4. The return of Vivienne Westwood
What do you do after you let your husband take the creative reign on your eponymous label? Become a model superstar, of course. Andreas Kronthaler's second rendition of label Vivienne Westwood was darling, but divine was his wife taking centre stage, not once, but twice. Bravo!
5. Giambattista Valli gets sporty
Athleisure is a trend that rose in 2014 and there has been more than enough evidence to suggest it's here for the long haul. See our reports on it here, here, here and here. On that note, I think we are all on consensus that leggings are not pants, but what about compression tights? If you ask Giambattista Valli, he has an answer for you below. Wear at your own risk.
6. Stella McCartney orchestrates a karaoke dance party
Fashion is a serious business to many. True to form, Stella McCartney can't be bothered to follow the rules and she's all the better for it. At the end of her fall/winter 2017 show, models stormed the stage to a glorious song and dance to “Faith” by George Michael and “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles. Of all the political undertones we've seen (more on that later), hers is our favourite.
7. Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid
This wasn't just a fashion show, this was a fashion festival in its own right. The 65-year-old designer tapped into the rage that is the 21-year-old model for a spectacle that none of its 2000 guests and 1000 media will soon forget. The big guns: Performance by Fergie. Park rides. Merchandise booth. Kick-ass sartorial parade at sundown. Now that's how you take on see-now-buy-now.
8. Raf Simons' Calvin Klein debut
We could make jokes about how it takes a European to fix an American mess, but we won't, we won't. Humour aside, Simons' revision of the iconic at New York Fashion Week was met with bated breath and disappoint, he did not. Read our full review here.
9. Missoni wears the pussyhat (and other political statements)
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) endorsed Planned Parenthood by distributing pink buttons. Prabal Gurung's models donned T-shirts prophesying: The future is female. Public School reappropriated Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" cap to read "Make America New York". Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author and activist who coined the term Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri made famous, "We should all be feminists", sat front row at the fall/winter show. But few political messages have been more creative than the one designer Angela Missoni parlayed in Milan. The pink beanies with kitty ears seen on the Women's March on 19 January, dubbed "pussyhats", put women's rights on a platform it's never quite been on before — at least, not like this. Trends come and go, but feminism, deftly woven into fashion, is just getting started.
10. 21 Reasons Why by Madeline Stuart is everything
Meet Madeline Stuart, girl extraordinaire. The 20-year-old Australian had her breakthrough when she modelled in New York Fashion Week less than two years ago. Now she's back, albeit with a slightly different agenda. We're uncertain how she's balancing being both a budding designer of 21 Reasons Why and a full-fledged model, but one thing's for sure: Keep your eyes on this one. Oh and by the way, she has Down Syndrome. No biggie.