The Fashion Month Moments You Need to Know About

By: Salma Ahmed

With the unfolding of fashion month, an overwhelming amount of new collections are being revealed. and from the large number of shows presented this month, few stand out for more than a single reason. Here are some of the most memorable shows and moments from fashion month so far!

1. Prabal Gurung's tribute to the #MeToo movement
The Prabal Gurung show, opened and closed by each of the Hadid sisters, featured 44 colorful looks. His collection was dominated by a variety of beautiful fabrics and patterns, which the designer paired with minimal silhouettes in order to let the loose fabrics steal the spotlight. His use of bright colors and various textiles was definitely unexpected from the designer, who usually sticks to colorless designs or minimal pops of pastel. Although the designer delivered a beautiful show, his finale is what got everyone talking. Gurung used his voice in the industry to make a statement. The designer ended his show by sending the models down the runway holding white roses to show his support for the #MeToo movement. 

2. Carolina Herrera showcases her final collection before stepping down as CH's creative director
After 37 years, Carolina Herrera is stepping down from her position as creative head of her eponymous brand. Her final collection was a tribute to her signature sleek, sophisticated designs. The ready-to-wear collection was a beautiful twist on the classic pieces that the brand is most known for. The runway show, opened by Gisele Fox, witnessed a beautiful transition from black and white simple fabrics to colorful, wild prints. The 58-look collection ended with 20 looks that were a fresh take on Herrera's famous white button downs paired with various colored skirts and equally colorful chunky waist belts. The skirts came in all the unexpected colors: bright yellow, emerald and various shades of pink, but the one thing they had in common was the beautiful draping that gave each of the pieces movement and volume. The show then ended with Herrera in one of her classic looks - a white button down and black fitted trousers, waving at those who came to support her final collection. Herrera will be dearly missed, but we are looking forward to see what Wes Gordon has in store for the brand as he takes on the role of creative director. 

3. Christopher Bailey makes a statement for his final collection at Burberry
Christopher Bailey, former chief executive for Burberry, ended his 17 years with the British brand with a highly personal collection. The designer chose to make his final show a celebration of pride by paying tribute to Burberry's past and the British style of the 80's. The designer went as far as reinventing the iconic Burberry print, be adding hits of rainbow colors to the mostly neutral colored print. Burberry's impact on the fashion industry is undeniable, so paying tribute to the LGBT community in one of its collections is sure to make the voices of those silent, heard. Bailey may be leaving the brand but his impact and vision are surely to live on forever. 


4. Gucci took accessories to another level
 
With the attention Gucci has been getting this past year, the brand had to deliver something totally show stopping to keep the success and attention going. What better way to get people talking than with the models holding all sorts of crazy items while strutting down the runway. The accessories were so odd that people almost didn't notice the hospital inspired set. The models held items like baby dragons, snakes, and even human heads identical to the models who held them. Although the unique props put Gucci in the spotlight, there was little talk about the actual clothes. 

5. The Queen made an appearance
Usually when we talk about royalty during fashion week, we mean fashion royalty, as it is not often that members of the royal family get mixed up with the world of fashion. This is why heads turned when Queen Elizabeth made an appearance at Richard Quinn's show. Her majesty attended her first fashion show to present Quinn with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The queen wasn't the only royalty that attended the show; Anna Wintour was seated front and center right next to the queen. The two of them were spotted exchanging laughs and stories. Although few criticized Wintour's behavior, that didn't make the moment any less iconic. 

Fashion month is still in action and we can't wait to see what the rest of the fashion capitals have to deliver. From the collections and models to the street style, this fashion month has been anything but disappointing.