Seen it, done it and ready to move on. That LA hills look of long to the floor flower dresses, fishtail braided tresses, feathery earrings and boots with fringed crossover bags.
When did we know we were ready to retire that boho chic?
Spring collections during Paris Fashion Week, Dries Van Noten was the turning point. Dries Van Noten never goes with the stream, incongruous could be used as the closest adjective to describe how he blurs the lines of masculine and feminine in an exquisite and subtle manner. He whispers to the few: when you get caught by his bug is when you understand him and want to embrace him. The spring collection was an exquisite manipulation of grunge couple Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. Unexpected plaid (masculine and workerist pattern) on taffeta, shantung, lame and organza, masterly mixed with flower prints, unbalanced volumes contrasted with the transparency of a mousseline, couture silhouettes like peplum and smock sleeves, encrusted flowers, and more cashmere and silks. A collection that came out as a poem recital, line after line submerging the viewers into a mood of time past with a modern twist.
How to replicate it without compromising the next two paychecks? The best bets are Zara.com and asos.com: have fun and play.
In real life, Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller is the blogueuse extraordinaire who masters plaid in the most fun, entertaining "man repelling" way.
True to the principle of this series of articles, where is the connection with the Fall collection if not in the faux pas of Mr. Slimane and the California grunge? He knew he was under the monocles of critics and customers. Legacy is his main homework, something like Raf Simmons for Dior, but he already reduced the name eliminating from the typeface the Yves himself. He moved the studio to California (may we suggest Morocco? did you ever, Mr. Slimane, even bothered read his bio?). It was not only inappropriate, there was no legacy or longing nor nostalgia. It wasn't even new. It was that blonde high school girl with mini dresses and distressed fishnet and biker boots continents and oceans away from Yves mastery interpretation of feminine. It seemed like reading Teen Vogue or watching a lush runway from asos.com It was so old that "nothing is new under the fashion sun" sounded cliche' too.
This is a do-not-follow-please trend, hoping that something will happen that Hedi will go to the principal's office, sent back to repeat the year to see if he gets it. Please we would not want to see you dropping out.