Now that Paris Fashion Week is over, our buyers have had a chance to figure out what they want for fall. Jen Mankins, Bird owner, is already on the phone with Isabel Marant, Tsumori Chisato, and Vanessa Bruno.
This bohemian-cool collection has a cultlike following and is hands-down my best-selling brand. Slouchy trousers and pocket skirts are layered with military-inspired jackets and vests, all worn with perfectly scrunched suede tall boots. There was a strong Native American influence in the stunning embroidered tunics and fringed dresses. Plaids were important too, both in traditional black-and-red wool flannel and in slub-silk dresses and button-downs. I am already pining for the amazing fox-fur-lined jackets and coats!
View a slideshow of the Isabel Marant collection.
Hailing from Japan, Tsumori is one of the most innovative and creative designers showing in Paris —or anywhere for that matter. Mixing colors, dramatic proportions and wild prints is what she is known for, and this season was beautiful! A soft, pastel color palette of ecru, gray, and dusty lilac were mixed with shots of bright colors like royal blue, violet, and chartreuse. The shaggy, ombré-mohair overcoat with a dramatic gathered neckline was simply stunning, as was the show-ending floor-length floral-printed chiffon dress. The trouble with this collection is deciding what not to order!
This designer's season was a study in contrasts. Dark, moody blacks and grays were offset by striking looks in all-white and cream, while slinky silk dresses and trousers were paired with tailored wool jackets and coats. Fur was very important: It showed up in every look from fuzzy white skullcaps to a chubby cropped jacket and long vest in the most beautiful shade of dark green. Gorgeous, layered silk-printed dresses were inspired by butterflies and their patterned wings. One of my favorite looks was the black silk cocktail dress, whose exaggerated fringed hem can double as a built-in scarf.
View a slideshow of the Vanessa Bruno collection.