We recreated four looks from Fashion Month with our own closets
Chanel stunned with classic silhouettes, Cecilie Bahnsen was nothing short of a textural dream and Valentino has us prepping our summer whites, and it’s only the Oct. 9. From Paris, Milan, Copenhagen to New York, Fashion Month was a whirlwind. To say that Daily Style is brimming with inspiration on the cusp of these shows would be an understatement.
In the style of a brilliantly styled Man Repeller piece, Daily Style has decided to try our hand at recreating some of the runway’s most sought after moments. Easier said than done of course, considering especially the closets of college students and that we spend at least five days a week in and out of classrooms; not the most ideal runway. But, these limitations forced us to get creative, to extrapolate from the looks of fashion month, to build a new approach to getting dressed, to include more than just an elite group in a couture conversation. This exploration was a chance to rethink how we approach our closets, to mix and match, no matter how comical or far off the results may be. If nothing else, these recreations were an excuse to play dress up, and who would say no to that?
— Margaret Sheridan, Style Beat Editor
I can’t stress how difficult it was to choose a favorite look from Collina Strada’s sustainably-minded Spring Summer 2020 collection, entitled “Thank You Very Much for Helping Me,” but I settled on this one for the sense of urgency it conveys. The beige top, emblazoned with a childlike drawing of a globe and the show’s titular phrase, is an eerie reminder of what little time we have to combat climate change. A mesh bag replete with produce is slung over the model’s left shoulder, giving the impression that she’s hurrying home from the farmer’s market to toss locally-sourced potatoes into her energy-saving fridge (yes, she lives in Bushwick). Tied together with a billowing patterned skirt, thin beaded belt and chunky sandals, the look represents everything I want the fashion industry to become as it starts taking responsibility for its environmental impact.
My recreation of this outfit is far from precise, but I tried to stay true to its central themes. Layered above my years-old turtleneck (and untucked for accuracy) is a graphic tee I screen-printed for September’s Global Climate Strike — I feel like it exudes a similar energy to the original look’s. My skirt is reminiscent of the slip style from the show only in that it contains the color orange, but I’m fine with that. A thin chain-link belt functions as my take on the beaded version, and my favorite pair of pink platform Tevas felt right in the footwear department. But the aspect of my faux-Collina Strada look I’m most proud of is, by far, the bag of kale I brought out of my fridge for the occasion.
— Tess Garcia, Daily Style Writer
As I started pairing outfits together for this piece, I quickly found myself surrounded by the entirety of my closet on the floor, overwhelmed at the potential for new outfit anatomies. Not to say that any of the pieces I have selected exactly make sense together, in fact, this outfit walks a fine line between multiple seasons. At its core however, this outfit is extrapolated from the key moments and pieces I saw on the runway.
When considering my design icons, I looked no further than the Dries Van Noten Spring 2020 Ready-to-Wear collection, a landscape of florals, polka dots and damn good jackets. While my recreation of this look is far from accurate, I tried to center my iteration around the color and textural relationships at play between base layers and a power jacket on top. Drawn to the lavender billowing pants, I reached for a pair of thrifted lilac bermudas that tie at the waist. A Zara blouse — that I am shamelessly wearing backwards — attempts to embody the airy, high neckline slip seen on the model. As for a layer over these pieces, I went back and forth between my signature orange puffer and a blue faux fur number, ultimately deciding on the latter, given the way the texture of the jacket anchors the original look in the Van Noten show. Although the dusty blue coupled with the lilac is not nearly as dreamy as the lilac and neon orange moment that happened on the runway, the faux fur seemed like too much of a focal point to disregard. To top it off, I again reflected color in footwear, selecting a pair of subtly wedged minty green mules, their finish and hue coming close to the characteristics of those on the model. So, while my recreation makes it unclear as to whether I’m headed to bed, the beach or to brave a tundra, I certainly felt empowered while grappling through the curation of my outfit. That holds more weight to me than any designer coat.
— Margaret Sheridan, Daily Style Editor
Jean cut-offs (sometimes known as “jorts”) and a blazer have never stood out to me as two things that naturally fit together. The first I associate with hot temperatures in my native Los Angeles backyard and then the other I group with what I wear to an interview where my future is on the line: two very different states of mind. However, Givenchy proved me wrong this year, topping off their wide use of jorts with formalwear. According to W Magazine, Givenchy’s Artistic Director, Claire Waight Keller, was inspired by ’90s fashion after reading a book by Allison Yarrow titled, “90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality.” Therefore, Keller made ’90s fashion her goal but put a spin on it that she called “liberated femininity” in which she altered popular looks from these decades to appear more free, strong and a little bit grunge. With my own personal style being very casual and sticking to a single theme, this look was a little more difficult for me to get down. I decided to settle for a more casual tee as opposed to a professional button down shirt because besides being safer, it also channels what I see “liberated femininity” to be. I finished it off with high heeled black boots thinking it would exude the toughness that Keller was looking for. In my mind, my outfit illustrates that I don’t lose sense of who I am or my power in the workplace when surrounded by toxic masculinity. I am a professional and do my work, but I am not eager to please when it comes to sacrificing my morals.
— Sophia Hughes, Daily Style Writer
According to Fashionista, Marc Jacobs included a review of his Spring/Summer 2002 show at his namesake label in this season’s shownotes. The show took place on the day before Sept. 11, 2001, and spoke of how the joy expressed in that collection eerily encapsulated an era before the panic, before the earth-shifting events that were to take place the very next morning. Closing out NYFW SS20 on Sept. 11, 2020, the inclusion could not be more appropriate. This collection, in his words, is “a celebration of life, joy, equality, individuality, optimism, happiness, indulgence, dreams and a future unwritten.” This review has only grown in accuracy over time, as the United States quickly evolved into a surveillance state led by fear and hatred after those tragic events. This collection was about taking a pause and celebrating life during a time that runs several parallels to the time that review was published. In a sociopolitical sphere that feels as though every day has to be a fight and turning on a news channel or simply tapping the twitter app on our phones can trigger an anxiety attack, allowing ourselves the space to feel the pulse that makes life worth living is absolutely vital. On days when I feel anxious and want to hide, I spend a little extra time on my appearance as a way to give myself that extra push to get through it all. This ridiculous sequin pantsuit and red mockneck combo brings me joy, I hope it does the same for you!
— Sam Kremke, Daily Style Writer
Correction: The final photo in this article was originally published with the incorrect photo credit. We have updated the piece to include the name of the correct photographer, Ariel Friedlander.