As I was watching the Fall 2014 runway collections last month, I pinned what the designers of the collections wore to their own fashion shows. As the creators of trendsetting fashion, I find it extremely interesting to see how they present themselves to the world, especially against the backdrop of their collection.
Of course, their style is extremely varied — everything from trendy to classic, neutral to brights, avant-garde to nondescript, dressy to casual and polished to rough around the edges — but I did find a few general themes.
Their Own Creations
- Trousers and cashmere sweater from the designer’s own line.
- Tracy Reese in her own fit-and-flare dress with gold sneakers.
- Diane von Furstenberg wears one of her own dresses with hose and sandals.
- Lela Rose in a jacket from her own collection with ankle pants.
- Carolina Herrera in her own A-line suit with booties.
- Fabulous his and hers matching harem pants with the family boxer. They had me with the doggie so this one is my favourite designer style.
- Grey jeans, leather bomber and big black trainers.
- Leather cropped pants and white sneakers.
- Black and white with layers and beanie.
- Isabel Marant in white jeans with shearling booties and oversized topper.
- Alexander Wang in very simple black and grey.
- White makes everything look fresh.
- Skinnies and a turtleneck.
- Opening Ceremony is casual, comfy, fun and happy.
- A little belt glitz to repeat the colours in his hair.
- Tadashi Shoji in signature colourful jeans with dressy separates and geek chic specs.
- The statement scarf with blazer.
- Ralph Lauren matches sleek with hiking boots.
- White out.
- Buttoned up with a waistcoat.
Black from Head to Toe
- Textured and angular.
- Slouchy and drapey.
- Jason Wu in trousers, tee and blazer.
- Mary Katrantzou in a dash of ink.
- Michael Kors in tailored black.
- Victoria Beckham in a midi, sweater and pointy toe pumps.
- Body con and alluring.
- Double-breasted blazer with tight pants.
- Classic business casual for Dries Van Noten.
- Twin Suits from Dsquared.
- Tom Ford is Dapper Deluxe.
- Zac Posen brings back the ‘70s.
- Bearded preppy country style from Costello Tagliapietra.
- Oversized skirt and sweater with opaques and sneakers for her, but urban casual for him.
- Donna Karan in avant-garde and earthy hard edge.
- Phillip Lim is baggy, retro and crisp with big white sneakers.
- Karl Lagerfeld in his uniform.
- Vivienne Westwood in a kaftan with headpiece.
- Floral moto with ankle pants.
- Comfy rolled jeans and roomy tops for Creatures of the Wind.
- Jeans, white tee and sneakers for Prabal Gurung.
- Jeans, shirt and trainers for Richard Chai.
- Khakis, tee and sneakers for Joseph Altuzarra.
- Khakis, sweaters, sneakers and a guitar.
- Comfy maternity style.
- Marc Jacobs in Adidas track pants.
Perhaps most of all, and perhaps expectedly, I find that designers march to their own drum. Whether it is conservative or crazy, their style is seldom a slave to the trends.