A TALE OF FOUR CITIES

LON­DON, PARIS, NEW YORK, MILAN—TRAV­EL­LING THE WORLD’S FASH­ION CAP­I­TALS RE­VEALS TAI­LORED TAKES ON THE SEA­SON’S TOP TRENDS. BY: FRANK DE JESÚS

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Frank de Jesús breaks down the top trends from Milan, Paris, Lon­don and New York.

When Shake­speare wrote “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely play­ers; they have their ex­its and their en­trances,” he could have been re­fer­ring to the fash­ion world it­self, with its myr­iad de­sign­ers and cre­ative forces who sur­face twice a year to show the world what they’ve been con­coct­ing in their stu­dios and ate­liers. The fash­ion cy­cle is also one with many ex­its and en­trances for its cre­ative men and women, as fresh blood is fre­quently in­jected into es­tab­lished fash­ion houses with the com­ing and go­ing of new tal­ent.

Ev­ery sea­son, as trends over­lap from one fash­ion cap­i­tal to the next, each city and its de­sign­ers of­fer their own take on the sub­ject. For ex­am­ple, vel­vet is a favoured can­vas for Fall 2016, how­ever, how it is pre­sented dif­fers from one group of de­sign­ers to the next and seems to rely heav­ily on their lo­cale. As you’d ex­pect, de­sign­ers in New York will han­dle that plush stuff with a cer­tain ath­letic aplomb while de­sign­ers in Milan have their own op­u­lent ap­proach.

It is in­deed a truly global so­ci­ety we re­side in now, com­pared to the world of Shake­speare. Yet each city, coun­try and tribe does play a part in the cre­ative zeit­geist, in­form­ing and in­flu­enc­ing the trends and looks we adopt for the sea­son. Here’s a look at the ma­jor fash­ion cap­i­tals of the world and the news they’re cre­at­ing this fall.

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