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pre-fall 2015 fashion

Feature: A Move from Modern

Gucci Kris Knight
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pre-fall 2015 fashion
A new fashion Renaissance

It’s pre-fall people! I don’t know how serious we can take it as a season that determines trends, but overall I’m sensing big (and needed) a genre shift. Style is being cast once again on a canvas of romanticism, somberness and realism – and it’s trickling over to fashion backdrops and runways. Remember last season’s over-the-top grocery isle Chanel show? Carb couture was once a thing. Ya – those days are gone as quick as Lagerfield can exclaim Fini at the end of his show.

The minimal, modern trend has been running rampant for quite a stretch. We’re long overdue for a damn floral print. It finally seems like the fashion world is following suit. The trend cropped up first in an art collaboration between Gucci and Canadian realist painter Kris Knight. The resort collection casts discernible prints on refined silhouettes for the ultimate fashion renaissance.

Pre-fall followed suit. The trend picked up momentum with designers choosing to set their models on backdrops that rivaled their clothing in visual appeal. BCBG, Erdem, Sonya Rykiel and Alice + Olivia (clockwise from top left) showcased renaissance-esque creations on backgrounds with artistic intention.

Ever noticed why some fashion photos skyrocket to glossy publication and social infamy? It all boils down to the setup. And the setup these days looks like a painting pulled right from the walls of the Louvre.

 Shop the trends of pre-fall:

Free people


Front Row Shop

Dorothy Perkins


Upend The Trend: Velvet for Holiday

I’ve been seeing this oft-revisited trend springing up again from the fashion archives for Holiday season. I’m always puzzled by the understated tricks to mastering velvet. It takes fitness. It takes boldness. It takes this list.

Velvet can be incorporated perfectly into a wardrobe stocked with this year’s minimal trend that’s still going strong. Following a few easy rules, you can incorporate velvet into your winter wardrobe with ease.

Added bonus: it’s a lux, non-leather statement.

Here’s how:

Velvet dress

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  1.  Channel Karlie Kloss and Crush it. via Topshop
  2. Give credit to Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala. via Zara 
  3. Embrace a graphic print. via Anthropology
  4. Add it to a carry-over trend, your favorite kimono. via UO




Consciously Curated: The Holiday Gifting Edition

Intervention alert. Am I the only one sick of holiday sale click bait and purging my inbox of all those pesky, deal-but-really-no-deal Cyber Monday emails? Thanks, but no thanks for my free scarf with $300 purchase. There I said it…and I know I’m not the only sane shopper. I was in dire need of a pared down …


Upend The Trend: Laid-Back Fall Classics

Today I’m starting what will be a recurring feature on The Peahen – Upend The Trend- where I’ll help you defy trends of the moment so you don’t end up looking like a style carbon copy. May I present edition numero uno. Laid-back fall classics have taken on a minimal aesthetic lately. This is thanks in …


Indie Playlist

Today’s indie snubbers of mainstream are a different brand. They’re a new crop of Warby Parker-wearing, Etsy-loving devout followers of barista culture and the resurgence of record stores. Bottom line? Hipsters.Love.Thrift. But with all this affinity for the second hand, one would assume indie designers would retail at shockingly low price points. Wrong. The latest …


It’s #PFW, but…

I know we’re in the midst of Paris Fashion Week – and I’m swooning over Balenciaga just as much as you –BUT I’m jet setting to San Juan today so I’ve got sugar-saturated piña coladas and just-as-sweet beach separates on my mind. To celebrate I give you my two must haves for a quick weekend getaway. …


Peahen Pick: NYFW Weekend

Judging by this weekend’s shows, we’ve got a somber spring ahead. Two designers from day 3 and 4 of NYFW showcased this trend, choosing to add interest through mixed prints and textures instead of relying on spring’s traditional, color-laden frocks. Diane von Furstenberg, is typically the queen of high-impact color. For spring, she changed the …