SINGAPORE — While we observed colour-blocking in Spring, where clashing colours take precedence as a nod to the ‘80s, there’s nothing more chic and classy than neutrals with a dash of colour. Looking through the racks of Fall/Winter 2019, we observed your usual neutrals - camel, burgundy, grey - but with an updated look, such as luggage stripes (as a nod to Loro Piana brand’s heritage) or obvious logos emblazoned across modern wear.
Loro Piana, the sixth-generation textile heritage house that’s known to trade premium wool and cashmere textiles for a growing haute couture industry, diversified into luxury goods and developed an international retail arm. In the year 2013, the brand joined the LVMH group when the latter bought 80% of the label from founder Pier Luigi Loro Piana for US$2.57billion.
Under LVMH, the brand expanded retail stores across Dubai, New York and Singapore, offering ready-to-wear and luxury goods. At their Fall/Winter 2019/20 collection, we observed wool, cashmere interchanged with leather and even nylon for a modern cool/low-key look. A wintry women’s camel coat combined baby cashmere with satin lapels for that chic, edgy look; while for men’s, one suede jacket even had knitted long sleeves, giving it a fresh style.
At French fashion house Chloe, which was founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion, dreamt a vision to give women the freedom to dare to be themselves. She launched Chloe’s first fashion show for the Spring/Summer 1958 collection at the artist’s house Cafe de Flore. Chloe’s romantic, cool, glamourous designs were carried on by Gerard Pipart, Clare Waight Keller, and today, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, who trained under Nicolas Ghesquiere, both in his role at Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga.
Designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi brought about polished dresses, with logomania and an inspired equestrian look to Chloe’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection, to accentuate the cool attitude. Some of the clothing featured full-on graphic love stories, with printed Cs logo, while some had detachable sequin collars. A deep blue turtleneck top was accompanied with a quirky tailoring of lacy sleeve hems, for that understated feminine touch. Boxy, oversized sweaters came with detachable ribbed knit sleeves, giving it a snug/loose feel.
Sandro, another French label which began operations in 1984 by creative director Eevelyne Chetrite, with a standalone shop in the center of Paris’ Marais district, now runs the business with her son Ilan Chetrite. Keeping prices affordable for modern women looking for cool, chic wear, Sandro’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection offers a straight-up, fussed-free range.
The outerwear had your usual knitwear sweaters, to flannel wear and short-hemmed dresses. For a safe wintry wear, they have a leather jacket tailored with shearling fur to keep you warm; long-sleeved cotton tops, with lace detailing to capture that Parisian je ne sais quoi.
Tory Burch, an American fashion label owned and founded by designer Tory Burch herself, showcased their Fall/Winter 2019 collection that was inspired by an influential liberal arts college called the Black Mountain College. Besides the usual knitwear and coats, we see mixed modern, polished classic styles weaved in with floral prints, ruffles, multi patchworks and modern silhouettes.
Take their cotton cardigan with a splash of silk front design or a long knitwear cardigan with wool embellishments.
French brand Longchamp’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection by Creative Director Sophie Delafontaine captures the free-spirited energy of travelers, women who rove the globe with a rock 'n' roll attitude and a wardrobe to match. The collection counts billowy silk dresses and pleated skirts in embroidered tulle or wool gauze as their must-haves. There are also crisp black leather tops and architectural coats that are made from graphic or Appaloosa prints indicative of New York’s urbanity.