New York Fashion Week Men’s Recap: Fall/Winter 2017

If you didn’t find time to make it to New York Fashion Week this year, have no fear. We have compiled a list of a few noteworthy designers and their contributions to this year’s runway. If you are looking for style inspiration, you have come to the right place. Let us guide you by displaying some of our favourite menswear looks that are fresh off the runway.

Raf Simons

Photo Credit: Gerardo Somoza / Indigital.tv

We couldn’t mention our favourite Fall/Winter 2017 collections without first discussing Raf Simons. Perhaps the most anticipated show of the season, Raf Simon’s debut at New York Fashion Week was incredible. Championing the title of Chief Creative Officer at Calvin Klein in August, Raf has certainly been busy. The collection devotes itself to New York City, with bold titles of “NY” carefully placed on knit sweaters. A highlight from the collection is noted in the accessorizing of the models. Oversize beaded necklaces hung off each model and displayed messages such as “I LOVE YOU” and “WALK WITH ME.” This collection presented a youthful exuberance inspired by those native to New York City, while making it accessible to all.

John Elliot

John Elliot’s Fall/Winter 2017 menswear collection presented itself as a sportswear brand that doubles as a streetwear brand. This season, the runway was recreated to look like a basketball court and engaged the cultural exchange taking place within the world of sports. John Elliot incorporated satin and silk materials onto metallic bomber jackets and reinvented the classic leather jacket by adding an array of colours. While not only including incredible texture into this line, John Elliot integrated hues of blue, green, and silver together, creating a colour palette that won’t go unnoticed.

 

Ovadia & Sons

Photo Credit: Gerardo Somoza / Indigital.tv

Ovadia & Sons brought military inspired wear to this year’s runway with camo prints and army greens. The collection, created by twin brothers Shimon and Ariel Ovadia, features a personal history inspired by their father — a professional soccer player who was conscripted into the army. The collection recounts his time spent in the Israeli army and creates a visual canvas of his past as a soccer player. Much of the line fits into the athlesiure wear trend that is very popular in today’s menswear. As both designers were born in Jerusalem, they took inspiration from their roots while presenting their personal history onto their clothing, by adding Hebrew lettering to soccer jerseys. Ovadia & Sons let us into their world by sharing their intimate details, and allowing individuals everywhere to partake in their history.  

Orley

Orley has masterfully integrated neutral tones onto knit workwear. The collection trademarks a preppy aesthetic, while at the same time drawing inspiration from singer-songwriter Nick Drake. The collection creates a nostalgic kinship for the seventies, and features corduroy as one of its main textures. Orley offers a collection that is polished and perfectly tailored to the individual. Since the brand’s debut in 2012, Orley has achieved a great deal of success. This season, Orley continues to make a name for itself while offering a clean collection that is carefully crafted. The line exudes vintage tones through its’ presentation of wool sweaters and cashmere suits.

Uri Minkoff

Uri Minkoff crafted a collection inspired for the metropolitan man and his daily commute. The line includes tailored clothing that is carefully designed for men on-the-g0. For example, Uri Minkoff included buttons on the ankles of pants to ensure that chain grease from bicycles doesn’t soil the garment. The runway was recreated after a New York City crosswalk and appeals to bike messengers and businessmen everywhere. Uri Minkoff  includes weatherproof jackets with fashion forward designs. Accessories were also a stand-out of this collection, through cross-body bags, to smaller-type luggage. The collection is timeless as it is effortlessly trendy, while practical.

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5 Designers to watch for at NYFW: Men’s

Men’s fashion month is fully underway! With tomorrow being the last day of Pitti Uomo — the second stop in the annual men’s fashion month journey, we decided to put together a list of a few menswear designers we think you should look out for this coming season in New York! Get your Google tabs open and ready to do some research if you don’t already know these pantomimists because they undoubtedly will be the highlights of NYFW: Men’s!

N-P-Elliott

With their avant-garde nature infused with elevated streetwear, N-P-Elliott is going to be one to watch for this upcoming season. Having seen last season’s ecclesiastical references in his works, I cannot wait to find out what different elements Nicholas Elliott will combine when we experience his January 31st show!
www.npelliott.com

Ovadia and Sons

The brothers behind Ovadia & Sons — nominated for the 2015 CFDA Swarovski Menswear Designer of the Year Award — were born in Jerusalem and grew up in Brooklyn. The brothers’ last collection really showcased their ‘edgy bad boy’ aesthetic with leather biker jackets and distressed oversized sweaters.
www.ovadiaandsons.com

Rochambeau

As finalists for the 2016 Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund, the duo behind Rochambeau are one to watch for this season. Rochambeau explored elements of streetwear with artistic components of various silhouettes and colors in their Moroccan themed Spring/Summer 2017 collection. We cannot wait to see what they have in store for us in February.
www.rochambeau.nyc

Palomo Spain

Not afraid to blur the lines between what defines menswear and womenswear, Palomo Spain allows males to portray their feminine sides in a genuine manner. This European brand is new to the Big Apple, but you can guarantee they won’t leave without making a statement.
www.palomospain.com

Headliner: Raf Simon’s

Paris veteran Raf Simon’s decision to show in New York for the first time is rumoured to be due to his new position as the new chief creative officer at Calvin Klein. Simon’s collection for Fall 2016 was intentionally three times too large for the average human but was well-received by both the press and consumers alike. There is no doubt this legend will captivate New York next month.
www.rafsimons.com

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The Best Ad Campaigns of 2016

Ad campaigns have long been a brand’s first line of offence when it comes to exposure. Unlike social media advertising and TV spots, print campaigns aim at catching the attention of specific groups of people, usually fashion lovers or potential clientele. This strategy is called the rifle strategy. Rather than using a shotgun strategy to shoot out your content for everyone to see, like social media media advertising does. Rifle strategies aim at eliminating wasted resources by targeting people who are more likely to buy what they see in the magazines they’ve bought or skimmed through.

But enough about the technical about the technical side fashion ads. Let’s get to the part we all love; the fashion! Now brands, their designers, and their holding companies don’t spend a ridiculous amount of money, time, and effort to just for fun. There’s an artistic vision behind every photo that’s taken. It isn’t just about slapping something pretty on a pretty model. It’s about telling a story, painting a complete picture of the collection that will make you want it so much, you’ll buy it! With that said, not all campaigns end up being works of advertising art. Sure they make get the job done, but in the end, they just end up being ads. However, there are some ads that do much more than just sell a brand’s product. They transcend traditional print ads and become works of art on their own. Here’s a list of some of 2016’s greatest print campaigns.

Photo: Missoni

Missoni Fall/ Winter 2016

Have you ever wondered what a modern day water sprite would look like? Missoni must have wondered the same thing too. In their fall 2016 campaign, model Frederikke Sofie stars as a delicate, yet completely intimidating free spirit that seems to just rise out of the water like pure magic. Sofie’s curly hair blowing in the wind, mixed with the easiness of Missoni’s iconic knits, only helped add a sense of ethereal beauty to the campaign.

Photo: Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo Fall/ Winter 2016

Who knew a static portrait could be so alluring? Model Ming Xi is accompanied by Ine Neefs and Valery Kaufman in this photo by photographer Craig McDean. The photo depicts all three women posed towards the camera in a stately photograph. What’s special about the photo is it’s simplicity. It manages to ease the uptight-rich-European woman vibe that Ferragamo is known, with an airy lightness that creates a sense  of timeless elegance. Like a dominant, yet caring matriarch watching over her high fashion family.

Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Les Parfums

Luxury leather goods giant Louis Vuitton is probably the most recognisable brand when one thinks of luxury travel wares. So it came as no surprise that Louis Vuitton wanted to showcase its perfume as being “beyond perfume.” The Vuitton team chose to create a personal paradise for its fans. The campaign, shot by photography legend Patrick Demarchalier and starring top actress Lea Seydoux, encompasses everything that Louis Vuitton is about. Travel, the destination, and the invocation of luxury that goes beyond what traditional fashion brands can do. The tropical setting, with its dark – cascading stone waterfalls set against Lea’s ethereal perfection, create a fairy tale of a princess set free in the untamed wild.

Photo: Jacquemus

Jacquemus Fall/ Winter 2016

Simon Porte Jacquemus has been an innovator. Since it’s debut, Jacquemus has been able to push the boundaries of what’s expected in the fashion industry. His designs are exactly the type of high fashion avant garde clothing young women want and they’re also surprisingly affordable compared to his competitors designs. And it’s in this surprisingly fresh take on design where everything else falls into place perfectly. For its fall campaign. Jacquemus sought the help of artist Willi Dorner to create a quirky and striking ad campaign that completely encompasses what Jacquemus as a brand is. The setting is simple, a park bench located somewhere is Paris or a in a small French town maybe. The backdrop looks very pedestrian, until you see what’s on the bench. Just like Jacquemus itself, the seemingly normal is made abnormal. A jumble of models wearing Simon’s designs are seen huddled together to create a human ball. And that’s the fun of it. That’s what Jacquemus stands for. Understanding the love people have for things that are beautiful, yet slightly off.

Photo: Gucci

Gucci  (All of them)

It seems that Alessandro Michele’s influence at Gucci extends far beyond the clothing and accessories. This year, fashion lovers were treated to a surprise at Gucci. The iconic brand, once known for its mature and distinctly Italian flare, underwent a total overhaul. Designers were changed and brand images were reworked, resulting in a fresh and whimsical take on the brand that’s won over the hearts of young luxury enthusiasts around the world. But it didn’t stop there, if Gucci had to change order image, it had to change everything about its image. In turn, the fashion world was treated to a year long ad campaign that fused 70s style camera work with the sugary perfection of a Sofia Coppola movie. Models posed alongside slot machines and Japanese geishas with the words “relentless buzzing sound” and “whispers lost in wind” as subtitles, while other models danced among a sea of bubbles (“pop”) and a pair of Gucci pumps on a motorcycle (“sirens in distance”). Which created the perfect atmosphere for Alessandro Michele’s Gucci. Like a daydream that may have been reality. Gucci encompasses the dreams of the here and now.

H&M Holiday

Although not a print ad, there really wasn’t any other option than adding this gem of a campaign from H&M. What do a lot of people do during the holiday season? They travel of course. And H&M and director Wes Anderson want you know that they get that. They understand the dread of driving hours on end to see your parents or having to hop on a train to visit loved ones. So why not make the dreaded holiday commute a fashion wonderland. Like a quirky polar express, fans of the Swedish fashion giant are treated to candy coloured locomotive paradise. The walls look like candied chocolate; the outfits, like sparkly little cake toppers. The beauty of this campaign is it not only feed into shoppers need for holiday outfits, but it also subconsciously feeds into our need to want the cutest and sparkliest things we can buy for the holidays, and all for H&M’s famous affordable prices.

Photo: Prada

Prada Candy Kiss

Leave it to Prada to pick one of the most in demand models of the moment to be the face of one of their best selling fragrances. Lexi Boling stars in this year’s Prada Candy Kiss campaign, which started off as an adorable take on femininity in its first run of ad and quickly blossomed into and ad made perfectly for a modern vixen. She’s sweet, yet intimidating, alluring, yet distant. She’s the woman you want, but will never have. The campaign, which was shot by famed photographer Steven Meisel, conjures up a quote from one of the greatest female poets ever, Sylvia Plath. “If the moon smiled, she would resemble you. You leave the same impression of something beautiful, but annihilating.” Which who the Prada Candy Kiss woman is, beautiful, but annihilating.

Photo: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton / Square Enix

Louis Vuitton appears a second time on the list with their Square Enix collaboration for Louis Vuitton’s SERIES of ads. Which aim at involving multiple artists to show their personal take on the brand in Louis Vuitton’s marketing strategy. For the Louis Vuitton SERIES 4 ad campaign. Tetsuya Nomura of Square Enix used Final Fantasy 13’s protagonist Lightning as his model. The ad campaign aimed at embracing the growing relationship between fashion and technology, while also helping further showcase the new face of Louis Vuitton. Rather using a traditional print ad, Nicolas Ghesquiere incorporates his love of technology  into the global market by presenting his designs as digital renderings. Showing the global where luxury fashion may be heading.

Photo: Raf Simons

Raf Simons Spring/ Summer 2016

Sometimes fashion isn’t always fun and games. Sometimes bright colours and energetic photoshoots can’t encompass the story that’s being told. That must have been what Willy Vandeperre and Raf Simons had in had in mind when creating the brands spring ad campaign. The overly bleak atmosphere of the ad felt melancholic. But as many artists know, some of the most beautiful moments in art aren’t happy ones. The ads, which feature an emotionless Luca Lemaire staring off into the distance, accompanied by three different dark and brooding backdrops that seem surreal, yet eerily present throughout the campaign. There’s also a sense of freedom (or escape) within the photos themselves. The barefoot model seems animalistic, like a man who’s run from everything that the world forced him to be, but he’s far from that now. He’s one with nature and no one can take him back now.

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Novella Editors Summarize Their Style Using SS17 Runway Looks

Inspired by Vogue, we loved the idea of summarizing our style in three runway looks. Because sometimes we feel like designers can see inside our heads and hearts and feel exactly what we need and throw it on the runway, the fashion team at Novella decided to mood board our style using Spring ’17 runway looks.

Isabel Mundigo-Moore, Fashion Editor

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L to R: Creatures of Comfort (Luca Tombolini, Indigital), Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Rejina Pyo

I love a muted colour palette, loose silhouettes, and pieces that hold their structure and shape. Because I don’t wear too much colour, I like to play around with volume, shape, and layering. I love minimalist pieces with interesting design details–extra large pockets, tiny collars, long sleeves–or pieces that evoke a moment from the past. My style is centred on the idea of investing in pieces that will last forever, pieces that I will want to mend over and over, that are timeless (pardon the cliché). Above everything, I feel most confident when I comfortable.

Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief 

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L to R: Gucci, Raf Simons, Robert Geller | Photos: Vogue

My style changes daily based on mood. I am not a morning person, so picking out what to wear can be cumbersome. It’s important that each outfit can easily take me from day to night if needed. I choose looks from Gucci, Raf Simons, and Robert Geller spring ’17 collections. Each look to me feels effortless but still very fashionable.  I tend to buy and gravitate towards pieces that are interchangeable rather than the current trend.

Celia Fernandez, Fashion Features Editor

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L to R: Beaufille, Valentino, J.Crew

Ever since culottes came back (around three or four seasons ago), I’ve been completely in love/obsessed with them. For the past two seasons I believe I bought around eight, and I’m not planning to stop. Culottes are cool in any format or version, but if we add a high waist and kick flare to the equation, the result is explosive. Given that my body type isn’t necessary curvy, when it comes to dresses, I love clean lines and simple shapes. However, I like the dress to have some character so, if I find an original fabric or a fun color combination, I’m sold! Finally, I have to talk about my dearest denim. Besides oxygen and water, the third element I need to survive is denim – and chocolate, probably -. I will never get enough of jeans and if you are wondering what I’ll keep buying till 2074, the answer is simple: high-waisted and cropped.

Claire Ball, Editorial Contributor

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L to R: Saint Laurent, Band of Outsiders, Yeezy | Photos: Vogue

I tend to stick with what I know, so my style is very repetitive. I often purchase the same item in multiple colours because I know I like it. Overall my style is pretty casual, and I usually go for things that are easily interchangeable with other outfits. I like plain, basic t-shirts, tank tops, and dresses paired with some kind of layer on top, like a jacket or vest. I am really into outwear and layering. Layering oversized shirts (I’m a sucker for plaid), and dresses with hoodies, or leather, jean, or bomber jackets are my go-to. I love wearing all black. Nothing makes me feel more confident and on my game than wearing all black everything.

Jennifer Lee, Marketing Coordinator

L to R: Fendi, Isabel Marant, Christian Dior
L to R: Fendi, Isabel Marant, Christian Dior | Photo: Vogue

I’m often in one outfit from early in the morning until past midnight. Rather than taking too many factors like occasion or practicality into consideration, I try to get through my long days by wearing what best reflects my style. I’m happiest this way. Religiously gravitating towards romantic silhouettes, I find myself pairing blouses and denim or structured shorts like a uniform. If I could mix in all these details to any daily fits, they’d be: ruffles, bows, beaded details, silky PJs, and oversized sleeves. Oh, and all the looks I adore from Zimmermann, Chloe, and Isabel Marant runways.

I am currently layering camisoles and bralette tops over every single piece I pick up from my closet (everyday- it’s become a little obssessive). There are definitely some outfits that make me feel more like “me”, and I’m constantly reaching out to find more of these. My favourite thing to hear is, “you are wearing a very Jen outfit”. It’s one thing to put on clothes for the sake of walking out the door, but there is a distinctive narrative to one’s style, which I believe radiates naturally once one is  comfortable with their worldview towards fashion and the varying ways of portrayal. I remind myself to stay true to my own style, because I really believe in the power of connecting with others using outfits as the medium of message- like the time I wore the same shoes as Celia during my Novella interview!

Christopher Zaghi, Fashion Writer

L to R: Issey Miyake ss17, Comme Des Garcons Shirt ss17, Hopman Design ss17 / Photos: Vogue
L to R: Issey Miyake ss17, Comme Des Garcons Shirt ss17, Topman Design ss17 | Photos: Vogue

In my opinion, personal style is probably one of, if not the most important thing a person must discover if they’d like to work within the fashion industry. Anyone can wear trends as they’re put together by designers, but it’s personal style shows adaptability and freedom. It allows you to put your own personal touch into what’s being sent down the runway, rather than just wearing it straight off of the runway. However, building your own sense of personal style is a difficult talent to learn. Being able to pull things apart to make them your own is a skill that I’m always learning and developing. Often times, it’s hard for me to express my personal style; it’s something that’s ever changing. It’s almost liquid in a sense. One day I may lean towards something a tad bit gothic, other times I’ll lean towards softer, more effervescent looks, while other times it’s athletic wear that catches my eye. It’s this simple mish mash of style choices that truly defines me as a person. That’s why I chose three distinct looks that blend the light and airy colour pallet at Issey Miyake, the gothic elements at Comme Des Garcons Shirt, and a touch of sportswear from the Topman Design collection to truly showcase how flexible my personal style is.

Another aspect of my personal that plays a big part in how I dress is the fact that I’ve never really liked formal wear, so I tend to avoid it at all costs. Luckily, the ss17 collections for men seemed to separate themselves from traditional formal wear for men, and in turn, introduced a new idea for what can be considered luxurious and formal for a man. In the end, It’s really all of these elements that make me who I am style wise. I guess i’m just your average run-of-the-mill 80’s workout wear, suit hating, pastel loving, classic goth appreciating style icon – In my own mind that is!

Liat Neuman, Fashion Writer

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L To R: Chloe, Rochas, Proenza Schouler

During the spring time, I love to wear easy breezy pieces and I also have a weakness to a pop of colour, which I know can add a fresh and playful touch to my appearance.

Chloe: The bohemian and free-spirited hippie vibes always inspired me. I love the delicate pieces, such as the airy maxi dress and  I admire the silhouettes that are voluminous yet relaxed.

Rochas: You can’t go wrong with a slip dress worn over a light sweater in shades of beige and the peplum details on top are instantly adding an edgy sophistication to the feminine springy look.

I adore this cool look from Proenza Schouler spring/summer 2017 collection. The bold colours, statement earrings, and the way they play with proportions are all things on my personal style checklist. This asymmetrical skirt paired with oversize sweatshirt is a great pick for an everyday look.

Iconic Moments in Fashion: Jil Sander f/w 2012

Photo: Bloginity
Photo: Bloginity

Since the birth of contemporary fashion, many designers have stunned the fashion world with collections that push the boundaries of fashion and exceed the expectations of those within the fashion world. Their contributions not only solidify them as them as fashion geniuses, but also as artists in the rawest form, able to take inspirations from everyday life and turn them into moments of pure magic.

When it was announced that Belgian designer Raf Simons would not be returning as creative director for Jil Sander after the house’s fall / winter 2012 collection, the fashion world was left aghast. After having spent 7 successful years at the helm of Jil Sander, Raf and the fashion world were thrown into a flurry over the ordeal. Ultimately, Raf’s future within the fashion industry was placed into question. Where would he go? Why was he leaving? Would her lose his touch at another house? Soon after, rumours began to swirl that Simons was at the top of the list to receive the newly opened position at Dior after the unfortunate events that led to John Galliano’s termination at the historic house.

With such a sombre scenario, one would assume that Simons would try to go out with an extravagant bang a la Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton or an extremely dark and moody atmosphere like the one seen during Christian Lacroix’s final collection. Instead, Raf created a world where clothing seemed to caress the models in the simplest and most sensual way. A collection which grounded in the softest pastels and neutrals, was offset by striking flashes of metallics, daring cuts, and tasteful glimpses of nudity.

Photo: Marcus Tondo
Photo: Marcus Tondo

The first thing one notices when looking at the collection, is the sense of purity and refinement it creates. Simons sent models down the runway elegantly holding their oversized coats together. This simple gesture creates an air of mystery about the woman Raf is showcasing. She’s fresh faced, pure, and angelic on the surface, but is she hiding more behind her first impressions? Is she hinting that she isn’t as one dimensional as the sweet pastels make her seem? This is the important question Raf Simons poses throughout the collection. His woman isn’t here or there, she isn’t this or the other, she’s a woman with many facets and isn’t going to hesitate to let those facets gleam. This is evident as the opening look, a delicately held together blush pink coat transitions into a warm chocolate brown variant, then navy (no longer held open), and finally entering a stage of sensual sheer numbers that help continue Raf’s theme.

Photo: Marcus Tondo
Photo: Marcus Tondo

After having digested Raf’s initial idea of soft, reserved, and mysterious femininity, he introduces the next facet of his Jil Sander woman. Models began walking out in dresses and ensembles that were bathed in different shades of nude. The nude outfits, which more often than not came complete with sheer panels, created a sense of sensuality. His woman was still the same as she was when she walked out in her plush coat, she’s just revealed a little bit more about herself with time. The idea of female sensuality ran rampant throughout the collection, however, it wasn’t shown in an exploitative way, rather, the complete opposite; she was empowered. Simons’ vision for his Jil Sander woman was clear. She’s a woman in charge of her own sexuality, she can choose to wear sheer panels across her breasts if she likes, she can expose parts of her body in a sensual way rather than a vulgar, because she knows who she is and what she wants from others. One key piece in this section of the collection is the first sheer strapless dress that’s seen after the first initial coats are introduced. The dress is magical in its own way. It manages to encompass the softness and delicacy of the the female body whilst simultaneously introducing an underlying sense of sexuality, where the line between demure and dominant are blurred.

Photo: Marcus Tondo
Photo: Marcus Tondo

Once the nude tones finish telling their story, Raf Simons continues to his glorious finale. Soft pastels and neutrals are replaced with deep shades of navy, red, black, and various metallics. His woman has finally revealed the extent of herself, she’s unmasked herself and peeled back every layer. You can finally see the raw sensuality in Raf’s designs through the navy dresses, expertly tailored with just the right amount of bare skin showing on the shoulders and chest. His jolts of metallic peeking through the neutral coats add a sense of flirtiness to the final looks; allowing the collection to continue feeling light, even in it’s darkest shades. The finale is then introduced by a symphonic boom brought to you by none other than the Smashing Pumpkins song “Tonight, Tonight,” which builds the level of emotions in the room to a breaking point. Seeing the collection end with 5 black dresses that all feature varying amounts of shiny black leather, some parts almost looking lacquered, while simultaneously hearing Corgan sing “we’ll crucify the insincere tonight” neatly wraps the entire collection together. These dresses tell the final chapter of Raf’s story, where his soft spoken woman tricked the world into thinking she could only be demure, yet she transformed into a dominant lioness right before our very eyes.

Photo: Marcus Tondo
Photo: Marcus Tondo

In the end, no one would have guessed that Simons greatest collection would come from a time of uncertainty. With so much at stake, the collection manages to stun and awe. Perfectly encapsulating his work for Jil Sander, all the while giving his audience a taste for what was to come at Dior. His mastery of tailoring and his play on volume show us why Monsieur Simons is held in such high regard among the fashion world and this, his greatest collection, was just stepping stone to greater things.

Look at this way, how many times has a designer and a collection brought a model to tears? Exactly.

Photo: The Fashion Spot
Photo: The Fashion Spot