”Don´t you just love New York in the fall?” This was the question posed at Stockmann`s latest style venture entitled “Brooklynn”. If the capacity crowd said anything, it was that they love autumn in New York very much.
And what was not to love? The Liisa Kokko styled and Niina Kurkinen fronted fashion show was very “of the moment” in street fashion.
There was the “granny chic” trend of wearing, frankly, the clothing of our Grandmothers but reimagined (think boxy statement coats and pussy bow dresses that power clash with patterns). Then there was the nod to seventies revival (think felt floppy hats and a return to wide legged pants) and athleisure footwear (think early 80’s sneaker styles in bold colours.)
Many of the looks were topped with soft and slouchy knitted beanies which looks back to the dream of nineties: grunge. It was all very wearable and yet wouldn’t look out of place as an outfit of the day post on (former editor-in chief of Lucky magazine) Eva Chen’s Instagram account.
Kokko did brilliantly by pairing bold statement coats with simple separates that let the outerwear take center stage.
Personally, my favourite part of the show was the bright structured handbags. As bucket bags were the “it” accessory of the early part of the year, a more feminine and formal bag has taken over in bold colours and shiny hardware.
Culottes were also very present, as Kurkinen wore a leather pair teamed with a light pink blouse while a similar pair were part of a styled look on the runway.
The show also featured menswear looks that focused on slim, tailored suiting and a range of fashion time periods. Kokko dressed one man in an outfit straight out of a young Marlon Brando’s closet by mixing a leather moto jacket and cuffed denim, while another gentleman was given a wool blazer with a button down shirt and v-neck sweater peeking out that was very eighties preppy inspired. Like the models who stepped down the catwalk, there were clothes for every age and sartorial mood.
And the most important part? The shoes all had thick, flat rubber soles, so you can focus on the foliage changing around you as your feet stay firmly planted on the ground because everyone knows that eating cobblestone isn’t very chic.