The transition from pop star to fashion designer isn’t easy, but with each season Victoria Beckham proves her naysayers wrong. Taking a brighter, more “carefree” tone for next season, Beckham suggested a new attitude at her brand with colour blocking on paper-thin suedes, bold abstract prints splashed across zip jackets and giant suede saddle-shaped bags— and all this, with nary a high heel in sight.
There are so many ways denim is treated, and Thakoon isn’t making the task of keeping up with the various techniques any easier for us. But fashion has no time for complaints; Thakoon surged forward by opening his show with a sequence of tie-dyed denim offerings, elevating the workman fabric into objects of desire. His collection then took a floral turn, with blooms spreading their petals and leaves scattered across womanly numbers.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Dedicated to Fortuna, the Goddess of Luck, Diane von Furstenberg’s dressed her leggy posse as if they were celestial beings descending onto Earth for a round of sun drenched fun. Empowering women has always been the modus operandi at DVF, and the doyenne did exactly that with printed dresses (in a variety of lengths to suit any mood), rompers, belted jackets, bright blue eyeshadow and wild tresses modelled after her own. If this isn’t good fortune, we don’t know what is.
It’s hard to imagine a Tommy Hilfiger collection without stripes. He’s done them in various ways, either collegiate or nautical, but his latest proposition is perhaps his most invigorating yet. Part hippie, part Rastafari, Hilfiger brought us on an island getaway, applying crochet on almost everything, and then dipping the clothes in saturated tones that would match the azure blue waters of the Caribbean islands perfectly.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM
Alexander Wang isn’t the only American designer celebrating his first decade in fashion; Phillip Lim has been working the fashion scene for the past ten years as well, but unlike Wang’s go-hard-or-go-home celebration, Lim’s was a more measured affair. He chose to collaborate with artist and environmentalist, Maya Lin, decorating his set with giant mounds of earth (coincidentally, the industrial space was where Wang held his party a few days before). There was also a sense of quiet sophistication that informed the clothes: Crisp shirts were sliced, while printed pants were cinched and worn high-waisted. Shades of olive green, navy and camel made up the colour wheel at the brand. Ten years isn’t a long time in fashion, but according to Lim, it pays to slow down and smell the roses.
Text by Gerald Tan