We can place safe bets that 99% of the editors attending fashion month have recently gone shopping with the purpose of crafting their new-season looks. But there's a glitch in such a preparatory system: When you see the next round of shows (right now, designers are offering up S/S 17 wares), the urge to buy, buy, buy strikes again. And no more so than when you experience back-to-back runways with Roksanda and Erdem. It's a dream fashion sandwich: one delightfully unique dress after the other, one sumptuous colour palette following the next, one very long must-purchase list growing ever longer…
Roksanda's vibrant mix of berry, purple and nude tones had the crowd enthralled and ready to shed their winter darks. The feather plume-dotted gowns were instant red carpet smashes, sculptural bags would satisfy art collectors as much as they would fashion lovers and we fell hard for the layered ankle-grazing dresses that made looking elegant seem far easier than we ever imagined.
Erdem's attention was focused on the past; had his Victorian ladies been shipwrecked? Their stunning couture-like dresses looked ever so slightly roughed up and all the cooler for it. The craftsmanship was, as always, beyond impeccable, and we were envious of his bevy of front-row A-listers (Dianna Agron, Poppy Delevingne, Eva Herzigová, Daisy Lowe, Doina Ciobanu, et al) who will undoubtedly be first to float around in these divine creations.
Between these two standout shows, three major trends (ones we've seen developing all week) were confirmed:
Flatforms are big (and getting bigger). We've seen the chunky-soled sandals across the runways of New York, but if even Erdem's ultra-ladylike models are wearing them, a fresh fan club may well be emerging.