LONDON, United Kingdom — From Marc Jacobs' standout show in New York to Karl Lagerfeld’s final show for Chanel at the Grand Palais in Paris, another fashion month has come to a close. Here, BoF's editors pick the top ten shows of the Autumn/Winter 2019 season. Which was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.
Rei Kawakubo drew on a repertoire of the most civilised dress, but mutated her finery with hard industrial elements. The impact of this dystopian couture was stunning: society through a glass darkly.
2. Prada — designed by Miuccia Prada, MFW
It might have been one of Miuccia Prada’s most curiously uncompromising collections. She has always twisted tropes to animate her collections, but there’s more urgency now.
3. Loewe — designed by Jonathan Anderson, PFW
Jonathan Anderson makes oddity effortless. But his maturity as a designer means that the eccentricity is merely one arrow in his quiver of very convincing fashion possibilities.
4. Victoria Beckham — designed by Victoria Beckham, LFW
Victoria Beckham's collection impressed with its sensual rigour and a razor-like precision that would suit the most exacting – possibly transgressive — demands.
5. Balenciaga — designed by Demna Gvasalia, PFW
The codes of Cristobal’s legacy give Demna Gvasalia’s Balenciaga its spine because that’s what he feels compelled to mutate for modern times. After last season’s psychedelic tunnel, he wanted the focus to be purely on the clothes.
There was something restrained about this show, all the way to the last look, which felt like John Galliano was holding fire, poised, plotting his next assault on orthodoxy.
7. Marc Jacobs — designed by Marc Jacobs, NYFW
Marc Jacobs showed one of his best collections in years, with actual, desirable clothes. Fantastical, but not a fantasy.
8. Chanel — designed by Karl Lagerfeld, PFW
In his final collection, which made crystal clear that fashion’s empire builder is no more, the late Karl Lagerfeld offered a fresh take on Chanel classics.
9. Rick Owens — designed by Rick Owens, PFW
Rick Owens wanted his collection to be full-on glam: the platform boot, the sharp sci-fi shoulder, the sexual provocation. His clothes are always grand, though it doesn’t explain their animal magic.
10. JW Anderson — designed by Jonathan Anderson, PFW
Jonathan Anderson is working some fine line between purity and provocation. It's irresistible, even if it demands a lot of its wearer.