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Your 9 point guide to understanding the Fall/Winter fashion shows

What's got London, New York and Paris buzzing?

By Rahul Vijay  March 10th, 2017

The curtains have been drawn on the first cycle of Fashion Weeks for the year, and do we have a lot to catch up on. The dust from Brexit has finally settled, but America is leaving the niceties aside: runways were more politically charged than ever, with designers gunning for big revolution through equally loud messages. In case your invite got mixed up in the mail, here’s all that you missed, from ELLE February cover girl Radhika Nair’s silent invasion of the ramp to Chanel’s larger-than-life spaceship runway.

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The debut

‘Parade’, Raf Simon’s debut collection for Calvin Klein will definitely be the most talked-about fashion moment of 2017. Featuring menswear and womenswear, it paid  ‘homage to America’ and reflected both the political and environmental climate within the country. Transparent fabrics, power coats, and pared-down silhouettes in bright hues were the highlights of the collection. Our pick: Brooke Shields' iconic Calvin Klein ad campaign used as a jeans tag. 

The trend 

If pink is your new black this season, then we assure you that you will be wearing everything navy next winter. Take a cue from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s all-blue Dior collection. 

The set

There is no denying the fact that Chanel has now become synonymous with elaborate runway stagings. For his latest trick, Lagerfeld turned the runway into an elaborate set of a space programme, complete with a rocket that launched during the show’s finale. The launch was accompanied by the soundtrack of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” and the hashtag #ChanelGroundControl. 

The front row star

Cara Delevingne took the (unusual) combination of mixing couture with athleisure a notch higher. The model mixed her Chanel cardigan with baggy trackpants — worn low enough to flash her Supreme boxers, proving that she still means business when it comes to fashion-forward front row sightings. Is this a hint for a possible Chanel X Supreme collaboration soon? We're waiting...

The model

Our February cover girl Radhika Nair was on every designer’s wishlist. After walking exclusively for Balenciaga last season, she opened for Estoban Cortezar (PFW) and walked for Miu Miu (PFW), Ann Demeulemeester (PFW) and Etro (MFW) to name a few. 

The collection

Effortlessly luxurious and extremely pared back, The Row’s F/W17 collection has to be their most engaging yet. Kimono-style frocks, ankle-grazing skirts, and belted jackets in a neutral palette were the highlights. This season, when most designers are sending out collections with strong political messages (in-your-face slogan T-shirts), The Row used embroidered words ‘dignity’, ‘freedom’, and ‘unity’ on the clothes that could be barely seen. Strong yet impactful.

The shoe

If the YSL heel was the most-talked about shoe on the S/S17 runways, Anthony Vaccarello will ensure you talk about his concert-ready rhinestone knee boots next season. Obviously, Rihanna had first dibs, wearing them less than 24 hours after their debut.

The moment 

Paying tribute to late George Michael, the finale of Stella McCartney had models storm the runway dancing and shouting out the lyrics to the late singer’s hit, ‘Faith’.