Ralph Lauren referenced China for his collection. He was one of many designers with references to Asia.
I loved Missoni's use of snakeskin.
Said or unsaid in the liner notes, the influence of 20's drop waist silhouettes and art deco style geometric prints, were everywhere:
Prada, of course, scored the fashion double whammy with Art Deco and snakeskin.
Versus by Versace proves it's still hip to be square
Also of interest is a return to a certain type of formality, pulled together, perfectly matched, prim and proper, suits. Maybe old lady, yes, but I love it. As far as new ideas, this old one seems as fresh to me as ideas go. Both Donna Karan with her Grace Kelly inspired collection and Jean Paul Gaultier totally seemed to understand this. I felt as if it was a reference to an old-fashioned sort of glam that I would like to see returned to fashion. How far can we take this era of casual dress, jeans and t-shirts?
And lets not forget Stella McCartney, who reinvents power dressing with her version of the masculine/feminine mix:
Stella truly gave us the bold shoulder. I love the strong but at the same time soft silhouettes she created.
All in all after show after show referencing the 1970's fashion we finally did find some fresh, new ideas in the mix. The trends I am most excited about are the snake, the geometric prints, and hints of Asia. I can't wait to see these items referenced for the market next season.