By Dorothy Crouch | January 16, 2020
The innate elegance of the Halstonette, with inspiration rooted in the modern majesty of Northern Spain, defines Halston’s pre-Spring 2020 collection, which translates modern details of the city’s artistic sites into updated formalwear.
Fashion designer and innovator Dalia MacPhee celebrated strong, yet elegant, women through a collaboration with mountain-bike Olympian Emily Batty for a Spring 2020 campaign that was shot in California’s Lucerne Valley.
In his pre-Fall 2020 collection, Tadashi Shoji blended Byzantine and Ottoman inspirations to create garments that draw from the artistic craftwork found in Istanbul’s wondrous historic sites.
Falling for Fantasy
A magical fashion season is on the horizon for next year, according to Monique Lhuillier, who recently introduced her whimsical Fall 2020 collection of ethereal garments.
Throughout 2019, the Black Design Collective maintained its commitment to highlighting the accomplishments of black fashion creatives by hosting a number of events and building a community within the fashion industry.
True L.A. Holiday
Launching its Holiday 2019 collection—amid the chief executive appointment of Michael Buckley—Los Angeles’ True Religion kicked off the season with pieces that sparkle, shimmer and inspire cozying up California style during winter.
At the Oct. 10 FCI Fashion School student show, there was a wide exploration of fantasy-inspired looks. The event took place at the Phylm Studios event space near downtown Los Angeles and showcased styles of 11 students from the private fashion school, which teaches accelerated courses in fashion design and merchandising.
Heart of L.A.
The Los Angeles Fashion Week production of Art Hearts Fashion saw the unveiling of Nathalia Gaviria’s Spring 2020 collection for her NG Gold brand. Inspired by styles of the late 1990s and childhood playtime spent dressing her toys such as Barbie and Ken, the designer brought fun back into fashion.
Feeling the need to remain fashionable at the most casual moments of her life, including spending downtime at home, Jill Burrows has long experienced a desire to own well-made slippers. Despite her thoughts that it would be easy to find a quality-made, stylish slipper that didn’t resemble an accouterment to sleepwear, Burrows couldn’t quite locate a proper fit for her vision.
LA Fashion Week
During LA Fashion Week at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles brand the No. J showed Spring/Summer 2020 fashions. Designed by Jane Wu, the collection reflected a luxurious approach to street-inspired garments.
Some of the buzzwords to describe the new styles for Spring/Summer 2020 are utility and haute hippie, but Directives West, the West Coast merchandising and consulting division of The Doneger Group, also wanted to try something new for the trend forecast it presents at every LA Majors Market.
Returning to the French roots of founder Max Azria for its Fall/Winter 2019 collection, BCBGeneration incorporated pop-culture elements from the region with an air of youthful sophistication.
Working in fashion, both as a designer and an educator at a college such as the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, I have to stay on top of what’s new, what’s next and keep abreast of trends or what could be a future trend.