As I browse for the millionth time through the display of Autumn/Winter fashions to come I can be drawn to the creativity of Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and Jean Paul Gaultier. I love the huge hats and huge buttons of Louis Vuitton and the effortless snow feathers of Alexander McQueen. I can enter into Narnia with A.McQueen’s ‘snow boots’. But ultimately I am drawn back to this strong undercurrent of female independence and sophistication; a strength in simple lines and strong fabrics. Masha Ma leads this theme I think. Catwalk lines breathe ‘powerful woman’ with a touch of vunerability when the colour theme is changed to white. It is the interplay between light and dark, tough and tender which seems to repeat time and time again throughout each designer this season.
Alexander Wang gives us a look of strength and independence and Dior continues albeit with a more gentle vision. These jackets still give off a feel of princess/warrior combination. Calvin Klein has severe but oh so sophisticated leather clad ‘warriors’ whilst Yves Saint Laurent has taken the simple lines of female strength and given us a very sophisticated look.