This past week, The Row took home the CFDA award for Womenswear Designer of the Year. The Row has had a huge amount of influence on the younger and hip, working crowd. This seems fitting since the founders, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, have been huge icons and role models for the 18-25 crowd in terms of sisterly advice, detective work and fashion ever since their careers began in the 1980s.
While reflecting on my favorite looks from Fashion Week 2015, I noticed some contradictions. All of the shows were amazing, but all had very different aesthetics. For instance, The Row channeled simplicity and elegance with their neutral tones and A-line silhouettes.
On the other hand, Yves Saint Laurent avoided the typical, “Florals? For spring? How groundbreaking,” reaction by mixing loud, colorful and unique prints. The brand has embraced the young and fresh look by focusing on baby-doll skirts and dresses. This begs the question: How can a Fashionista create outfits inspired by multiple trends without becoming overwhelmed?
My philosophy has always been that the designs and outfits featured in a fashion show are not meant to be exactly copied. Instead, they are meant to inspire. It is important to recognize what your favorite aspects of a show or line are and then add your own personal touch. With this in mind, it is much easier to incorporate multiple trends into your wardrobe.
Accessories are a great tool since they allow you to try out new trends without overpowering your look. However, when trying to find the perfect accessory, let’s all take a cue from the 2015 The Row collection and remember that less sometimes truly is more.
This Fashionista did exactly that. By combining both understated colors and simple silhouettes along with out-there shapes and patterns, she was able to exude a look that channeled a modern ’60s. Although every article of clothing works together nicely to create the perfect outfit, my favorite aspect by far is the accessories. In particular, I was impressed by this Fashionista’s ability to pull off heart-shaped sunglasses. I have always been too intimidated by their boldness, but they are surprisingly underwhelming when they come in black. You can find a pair like them here.
How To: This Fashionista’s take on the flatform is also awesome. I am used to them coming in exclusively bright pastels and whites, which can restrict them to the summer season. However, in darker colors and prints, they become much more versatile; they can make your outfit seem retro or futuristic.