AW19 is instead a kind of pivot point. Diversity of all kinds (opinion, thought, aesthetic) is on the rise in fashion as well as in zeitgeist. The shows were simply recognition of the fact that there are many different forms of power and ways to design for them.
This is all about the Bright Young Things, those swinging-from-the-chandeliers debutantes from the 1920s and 1930s, seen through the prism of the 1970s.
From slinky slips to sequin frocks, this is high-shine hedonism with a curve-caressing bias cut or kick-flip hem. This is XL glamour.
The Look: shine bright in silk, satin and sequinned dresses and skirts that fall to the ankle. Dip your toe into the trend with costume jewellery in the form of statement earrings with a matching necklace.
Celine is anything to go by (culottes, gilt chain belts, silk blouses, tweed sports jackets).
AW19’s update on bourgeoise dressing is town, not country; Parisian mademoiselle, not lady of the manor, with heritage checks and after-hours tartan providing the through-line.
The Look: you’ll want to wear your knife-pleat culottes, shrunken argyle knit or pussybow blouse with a side serving of sass to undercut the high-net-worth loaded vibe.
From the faux-grass lookalike pumps at Ashley Williams, through to Tom Ford's giant fur bucket hats, fuzzy, flurry, furry (but make it faux) accessories are the cuddly accompaniment to almost any outfit.
Nostalgia is nothing new, but this throwback to the 80s and 90s is extra fun.
Think Studio 54 at its most glam. Diamanté waterfall earrings, embellished everything. From belts through to bum bags and even your coat fastenings, make them glam, make them sparkle like an IRL Kira Kira filter. Go big.
This doesn't mean you need to run out shopping. Look for items that you already have. If you must shop please shop responsibly: Vintage shops I recommend in the Boston area are LXR and Co and Great Eastern Trading Co.