Pre-fall used to be a wedged-in mini season used by big brands to fill store shelves in between summer sales and full-scale fall arrivals, but in a high-end market with a near-insatiable thirst for newness and product churn, almost every brand presents a full lineup of ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories for the formerly low-key season.
Paris Couture Week Spring 2016 wrapped up late last week, and although couture tends toward the fantastical, the season’s shoes tended toward minimalism. Compared to previous offerings like Dior’s Spring 2014 Couture Pool Shoes, the season’s footwear is especially wearable, even if the vast majority of us will never be able to wear them.
I like to joke that it’s always Fashion Week somewhere, but lately, that seems to be factually correct. We’ve had Pre-Fall 2016 shows happening regularly for months, and then the men’s shows happened in London, Paris and Milan for a seemingly interminable amount of time, and then, last week, it was Paris Couture Week.
Cultural appropriation in fashion is a super hot topic in the industry at the moment. Partly because the Internet has opened fashion criticism up beyond just the elite, brands are getting called out for their “borrowing” in situations when they wouldn’t have been criticized in the past, and not all of them have figured out solid ways to navigate it.