As the frost begins to take over outside and we see the whole spring and summer craze from the September and October Fashion Week shows around the world begin to die down, we cannot help but keep looking for the next in line. Some designers are still revealing their warm weather pieces, but it is the pre-fall 2016 that has begun to capture our attentions with ease, especially since we know that these items will be around for at least a 5-month period, teasing us into wearing some of the loveliest designs the fashion houses can offer. This, of course, means that sister collections also reveal what they’ve got, including bringing to us the presentation of the See by Chloe pre-fall 2016 collection with its turn to grunge in terms of styling. It certainly seems to be a common theme for the spring and summer as well, a trend that was seen with many of the designer line-ups, particularly those like Alexander Wang, who have a certain love for the darker and the more underworld depictions of fashionable attire.
The pleasant thing about See by Chloe’s collection here though is the fact that it does not take inspiration from the dark, Cobain stripe, but instead brings in hints of feral glee from Bjork when she was famous in the ‘90s timeline. It is sexed up and moody, with fringed haircuts and long trench coats that fall to the floor. We see knit top velvet boots on the stage, comfy heeled and shiny toed, alongside suede mules and overalls with a skirt bottom, a slit slashes askew from the center. We notice the focus on denim is strong, darker washes with high cuffs worn with brown suede lace up boots that have heeled platform height, the whole collection taking on a more shapeless and slouchy appeal.
The most fun we can have with these looks is with the side slits and open belly ensembles, seeing awesome textured trousers in white with slight flares at the bottoms to really frilly dresses that keep bringing coral colored bells to mind. We have to say though that the biggest trend we notice here is the whole corded knit socks at different heights, always peeking over whatever shoe or boot is worn with the outfits.
There are cape jackets and textured handbags, athletically stylish leisure clothing with ruffle neck vintage tops. Mules come with open toes or closed and some outfits have a distinctly Western effect to them, complete with matching beige and brown blouse and layered skirt. Then again, our favourite just has to be the youthful button down denim dress in black, worn with a pretty high collared textured shirt underneath and maroon boots paired with red knee high socks down below.
We see cashmere and we see wool, we see long sleeves and pretty boots. Honestly, we kind of want these looks for now as we have the sun shine out but the snow covering the ground, particularly as we try to navigate strutting like a penguin instead of a peacock over ice, hoping we still look stylish enough. We don’t know about you, but the whole vintage 1970s thing happening here is quite desired in 2016 as well. We have no intention of waiting till the coming year before we enjoy some of these incredibly trendy fall and winter looks. It may be called pre-fall, but that only works if we are talking about pre-fall in the Arctic or Siberia.