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RUNWAY RECAP

WOMEN’S FALL 2019

Mario Grauso, President, and Joseph Tang, Fashion Director, round up their top trends and moments from the Fall 2019 womenswear collections in New York, London, Milan, and Paris

TOP TREND

Varsity Blues

“Varsity-inspired clothes were shown in each city, especially Paris. There was a strong influence of English tailoring and menswear fabrics done in feminine silhouettes, like school boy jackets in Prince of Wales checks and oversized plaid coats, along with midi skirts and fitted jumpers paired with beautiful silk blouses.”

—Mario Grauso

TOP TREND

Defense Force

“This season’s military-inspired outerwear is the perfect way for the urban women to defend herself from the elements. We saw a lot of utilitarian details in shades of khaki, navy, and black, and the thick-soled combat boot is what completes the look.”

—Joseph Tang

FAVOURITE COLLECTION

Chanel

“Chanel was a winter wonderland of snow and an incredible assortment of everything we love about the brand—the tweeds, touches of romantic lightness, and that undeniable chic attitude. The touching moment of silence for Karl had the entire room reflecting on his undeniable influence on the fashion world.”

—Mario Grauso

FAVOURITE COLLECTION

Saint Laurent

“I love Anthony Vaccarello’s references of Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking and tailoring with the perfect tuxedoes and emphasis on the exaggerated power shoulder. The ‘80s-inspired glow in the dark finale was a perfectly trippy way to the end the show.”

—Joseph Tang

FAVOURITE COLLECTION

Dior

“I have to give an honourable mention to Dior for the cozy buffalo check filled collection. It felt like an unknowing nod to Canadians and would be the perfect wardrobe for surviving next winter in style.”

—Joseph Tang

BEST VENUE

Metal Works

“Ambitious and eccentric are two words that describe this season’s Louis Vuitton collection, and this extends to the set too. The Louvre’s Cour Carrée was transformed into a re-creation of the Renzo Piano– and Richard Rogers–designed metal-made, primary-coloured Centre Pompido, providing the perfect backdrop to the ‘80s-influenced clothes.”

—Mario Grauso

BEST VENUE

Variety Show

“Moncler created an immersive experience to live and breathe the lifestyles of the Genius collaboration. From the music to the visual effects, each designer brought their signature DNA to the brand. Highlights were the LED floors at Fragment Hiroshi Fujiwara and the Dr. Seuss-inspired room for Grenoble.”

—Joseph Tang

MUST-HAVE

Fashion Forward

“Statement outerwear and accessories, like Balenciaga’s puff-sleeved parka, Miu Miu’s floral anorak, and Louis Vuitton’s puzzle-piece clutch, are exactly the fashion-forward takes on wardrobe essentials that I expect from the world’s top designers.”

—Mario Grauso

MUST-HAVE

Power Players

“Power dressing is making a return for Fall 2019, and the tailored blazers at Thom Browne and Givenchy along with the knee high boots at Celine are the right way to make an impact.”

—Joseph Tang