This week in fashion news, the designer Karl Lagerfeld recently died. The infamous and outspoken man, rarely seen without his iconic gloves, silver ponytail and sunglasses, was the creative director of Chanel and an inspiration to a lot of big named brands, including Fendi and Louis Vuitton.
Although arguably immoral when discussing his chosen methods (choosing the traditional stick thin, childlike models lacking in any sort of blemishes to wear his clothing over modernising the brand with more “realistic” models being one example), it’s hard to pretend he hasn’t had an impact on the fashion industry.
Looking at his latest women’s collection, which is expensive but not completely unaffordable, it’s easy to see what the icon assumed to be the most relevant and striking styles for the spring/summer season for 2019.
So what did I learn from my research?
It seems that there are two very distinct styles, one being masculine formal wear, where loose fitting shirts and straight legged trousers adorn slim models, creating straight silhouettes. This style is one I adore but it is also a style which rarely feels exciting, almost lacking in creativity or passion. The often monochrome clothing on the models could be jazzed up with a little colour or pattern to make it more visually stimulating. For instance, while walking through town I spotted a lady wearing striped black and white trousers and although they were a tad bit reminiscent of Beetlejuice, they made such a statement and I thought she looked so put together.
The second style is not a style I’ve really tried myself but it definitely something I would like to try: Tops, shirts, and dresses adorned with ruffled sleeves which seem to extend from the shoulders to the middle of the top, depending on the design, I assume, to create the illusion of a smaller waist and broader shoulders. This dainty style is overtly feminine and directly opposite to the other noticeable style in Lagerfeld’s collection but feels modern, reserved (as the tops usually have a higher neckline) and professional, without feeling whimsical.
It’s not to say that Lagerfeld is the only one adopting these styles. Religion Clothing have brought out a special SS19 collection with one particular, the ruffled crop tee, catching my attention for a much more affordable price than the £100+ prices on Karl’s website.
I for one am super excited to see how far the dainty feminine style will extend throughout the rest of the year as it will allow me to experiment with less masculine inspired clothing and see what works and what doesn’t work for my body shape.
What are your thoughts on the two trends mentioned above? Would you wear them?
Until next time.