To prepare myself for the upcoming tasks of my apprenticeship, one of the first things I was asked to do was watch ALL of the Spring/Summer 2016 fashion shows. At first I was excited that I would get to do my two favorite things for three hours out of my day, sit and watch models walking in beautiful clothing, made by some of the top designers in the world. I didn’t even think that taking notes on the shows would be boring because for once I would be taking notes on things I was interested in. I sat down to watch my first fashion show of the day, Alberta Ferretti. And I loved it. The loose, elegant clothes were gorgeous and the calm yet exciting desert theme was inspiring, everything I had expected. I remained in a positive mind space about the assignment for exactly two more shows before realizing that Lore had been right when she said that this would quickly become a daunting task. After three shows, my eyelids were drooping and I was no longer interested in writing down all the details from the shows. I was only able to get through six shows in total that day before giving up. The biggest surprise of the 2016 spring summer trends had turned out to be falling asleep. And it wasn’t just the note taking that had become tedious. It was the uninventive and repetitive themes illustrated by lackluster clothes.
Later in the week as I became more accustomed to shows and endless parade of models, I began to notice more than just the details of garments and the various ways the models were walking. I noticed recurring trends, models, and disappointment. But of course that cannot be said for every show. Once in a while a collection like Chanel’s gorgeous airport theme and Alexander Wang’s digital background, would make me feel the same flutter of
excitement as I had felt watching that first show. Those were the shows that woke me up and reminded me why I love fashion and find it so compelling. But the majority of the spring/summer shows had me yawing and glancing at the clock, wondering when it was lunchtime.
At first I was nervous about my lack of enthusiasm towards the shows. Did I not like them because I was too young? Didn’t understand real fashion? Wasn’t as trendy as I thought? But when I started talking to Lore and asking her opinions, she agreed with me – Spring/Summer 2016 was a SHEAR SNORE. We talked about how this year had been one of the worst years for spring fashion. So what could be the reason for this be? The truth is my opinion may not be yours. But to make a fair judgment you too will have to sit down and watch 97 fashion shows. Ten minutes per show on average, almost 50 hours total. You will find yourselves immersed in tier ruffles, satin, lots of sheer, patterns, more colors then you can count, and the other trends for this season. Granted if you watch them all, you too will learn how to decipher themes, collection transitions, (when the first half of the show ends and when the second half begins), and most importantly when to give your eyes a break. My recommendations include the Alexander Wang, Chanel, Versace, and Balenciaga shows. In conclusion, if you’re a twelve year old who loves to take selfies… stay away from Dolce and Gabbana. See it to understand it.