The Fall 2019 fashion shows featured sophisticated clothing with notes of dominance and power. Countless tailored suits and blazers walked the runway – and many of them were enhanced with cinched waists, heavy capes, and ’80s power shoulders. Directly contrasting with this style was the multitude of romantic embellishments. Layers of tulle oppose the long capes while puffy sleeves diverge from the structured, padded shoulders. These pretty features, often on dresses, are just as striking as the powerful suit designs. Lucky for us, this fall we can have the best of both worlds, sophistication and romance. For now, however, here is a recap of the styles that will make you swoon:
The runways tell all: bows are for grown-ups too. Bows were seemingly everywhere on the catwalk, and in every way. Teeny bows on shoulders and waists, oversized bows across dresses, bow patterns, softly tied-bows on shoulders and around necks, multiple bow embellishments, and, of course, hair bows are just a few of the possible designs.
First Row: Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Off-White; Second Row: Rodarte, Zimmermann, Zimmermann; Third Row: Rodarte
Three-dimensional flowers, floral prints, and a combination of the two also made their appearance on the runway. Designers like Rodarte used brightly colored floral prints and large flowers as hair accessories. Many other designers used dark florals, with rich colored-flowers against black hues. Large-scale floral prints also appeared to be a common pattern.
First Row: Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton; Second Row: Prada, Rodarte, Rodarte; Third Row: Prada
Like the dark florals, lace was given a certain edginess on the catwalks. The material was featured in numerous mini and maxi dresses, often in solid white or black and paired with materials like leather or tailored business pants and blazers. Meanwhile, Gucci featured colored lace stockings on their female models and white lace shirts on male models.
First Row: Gucci; Second Row: Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci; Third Row: Gucci
The square neckline that screams Romeo and Juliet has time-travelled to the 21st century. The Renaissance-esque dresses were given a modern reboot by designers like Emilia Wickstead and Vaquera who were not afraid to show skin in their designs. Many of these gowns also tie in other popular trends, like ruffles, puffy sleeves, and floral patterns.
First Row: Emilia Wickstead, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Rochas; Second Row: Simone Rocha, Y/Project, Y/Project; Third Row: Vaquera
Pink, blue, yellow, purple – feathers are coming in all different colors for fall 2019. Designers embellished collars, sleeves, and even shoes with subtle feather accents. However, some designers like Mary Katrantzou and Prabal Gurung went a little more feather-heavy with full coats complete with a myriad of brightly colored plumes.
First Row: Valentino, Valentino, Giambattista Valli; Second Row: Mary Katrantzou, Mary Katrantzou, and Prabal Gurung; Third Row: Marc Jacobs