Every season there are a few choice moments that get us excited about fashion all over again. Whether these moments come courtesy of established designers or emerging talents is irrelevant: what matters is how these instances make us feel. This season was chock full of excitement for everyone involved, but these were the moments, places, people and things that made me stand up and take note.
01. Alexander McQueen
The show of the season hands-down and a personal favorite: everything, from the sci-fi makeup to the outlandish shoes, was unlike anything else. In a season where designers were cutting back, scaling down and generally eschewing creativity in favor of monotony,Alexander McQueen managed to break boundaries and inspire.
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Ingenious little details are what set Acne Jeans apart from other lines; the metal touches on their jeans this season managed to be reminiscent of Balenciaga without feeling derivative. I cannot wait to see these jeans worn in real life by especially daring girls
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03. Danielle Scutt
There was something so unabashedly girly about the glittering pink lips Hannah Murray gave the girls at Danielle Scuttâ€™s show. The look isnâ€™t particularly user friendly off the runway, but the hard texture of the glitter just stands out beautifully against that bright fuchsia lip color: tiny little changes can really elevate a look from ordinary to extraordinary.
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04. Viktor and Rolf
The idea of Viktor & Rolfsawing into their tulle ball gowns with chainsaws is the kind of ultimate fashion moment that deserves to be preserved. Hereâ€™s to hoping that someone has video of the momentous preparations that led up to their S/S show.
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05. DARIA at Balmain
In a season dominated by newcomers, it was refreshing to see a familiar face. Ms. Werbowyâ€™s opening slot at Balmain was the highlight of the show â€“ gold lamÃ© bondage dresses notwithstanding â€“ and the selective appearance reminded us just how a true modeling MVP can elevate a whole look.
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06. Christopher Kane
Like everyone else looking at Kane, I really expected an encore presentation of either fallâ€™s tough girl chic or last springâ€™s dainty scalloped edges: unforeseen were the series of plaid dresses straight out of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book. If there was anyone on earth who saw this coming, they deserve either a special medal or their own psychic hotline ala Sylvia Brown. Christopher just keeps us on our toes, even if you didnâ€™t love this collection you still have to wonder just what is coming next.
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07. Gareth Pugh
Granted, the Pugh feathers were definitely conjuring images of Phillip Treacyâ€™s creations for McQueen, but you canâ€™t deny the visual impact they gave on the runway.
08. Rick Owens
This was perhaps the lightest, brightest, most freewheelingÂ Rick Owens collection ever crafted. One could practically hear birds chirping in the background, from the cheerfulness of it all.
09. Ohne Titel
If you didnâ€™t pick up on the strappy bondage inspired shoe trend this season, you were either fast-asleep or purposefully ignoring the wave of perilous footwear coming our way. Of all the staggering heels designed to entice our inner foot fetishist,Â Ohne Titel‘sÂ were the most fabulous.
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Riccardo Tisci is constantly critiqued for his lack of cohesiveness within collections, but I have always found that the lack of cohesion can make for welcome surprises. One of my favorite dresses of the season was a frothy yellow number worn by Ranya Mordanova: in a collection praised for its graphic black and white severity, this was a welcome and wholly unexpected touch of softness and delicacy. On the right girl â€“ someone please contact Thandie Newtonâ€™s publicist â€“ I can imagine this being the perfect spring dress.