Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Autumn 2016: This is the season of sentimentality

It started with a dress - a wedding dress to be precise. But not any old wedding dress, the one all celeb followers have been waiting for-ev-er to see: Angelina Jolie's.
Her simple gown and veil covered with scribbles and doodles may not have been to everyone's taste but it epitomised the real reason why Angelina and Brad Pitt waited until August 2014 to get married. It was the final piece in their perfect family jigsaw. They were content, settled and surrounded by love and happiness with their brood of children - and marriage, for them, was just a little footnote to their lives.

Fashion isn't typically for the sentimental: you get touches of it here and there - take Chanel's tweed for example, loved and used in every collection since the days of Coco - but clothes are more throw away these days, with only a few making it into fashion halls of fame.

But this is the season that all that changes.

Like Angelina's dress, the collections debuted at the recent fashion weeks have been about so much more than clothes: Valentino's gowns are even more romantic than usual, made of pretty flowing tulle and adorned with embroidered flowers and quotes from Shakespeare and Dante.

There was something incredibly beautiful about seeing Keira Knightley plus baby bump wearing a softly layered dress, adorned with the most loving words at this year's Oscars - she was, by far, the stand out star at the ceremony.

And the sentimentality hasn't stopped at haute couture and bridal - Dolce & Gabbana's autumn/winter 2016 collection is adorned with kid's drawings, while the catwalk was crowded with little ones at their Milan Fashion Week show.

The celebration of motherhood was beautiful, and made any soft-hearted fashion ed sat on the FROW well up at the sight.

But what does this all mean for the High Street? Well I'm guessing we're going to see the Not on the High Street 'I love my mummy' kitsch stepping up its game, and a new level of pretty party dresses. It's going to be less about blocks of floral patterns, and more about the single rose, accompanied with pretty words, and made with a whole lot of love.

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