Retro Feels: The Catwalk Edit

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Surely nothing feels more indulgent than filling your proverbial basket with a catwalk look Kaia Gerber has given her sartorial seal of approval to?!

As seasonal as trends can feel, they always have a way of coming back. That certainly rings true for AW19 – where designers have been spinning modern takes on all our old favourites. Style cues have been taken from every decade, with a firm focus on the ‘70s, and we’re feeling rather nostalgic.

Pay tribute to years gone by, and shop these runway looks now…



Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s fourth collection for Chloé showcased the best of her part bohemian, part glamorous aesthetic. If ever a look summed up the mood it was Kaia Gerber’s. The model walked the catwalk in a ‘70s-inspired shearling trimmed coat, electric blue skirt and polo combo, retro shades and the big gold earrings.

Leather shearling trimmed coat and asymmetric jacquard skirt, CHLOÉ

Natacha said the Chloe girl is exploring “the volatile territory between love, passion, and commitment.” The accessories also proved irresistible with the Alby chain bag and Alby padlock clutch working their way to the top of our wish list. Available now at MyTheresa.



Michael Kors was inspired by Studio 54 for this season – somewhere he frequently partied until the early hours. That fun was translated in the catwalk. Models walked the to the sounds of Andrea True’s More, More, More in feathers, sequins and unbuttoned blouses. The hair was voluminous with knits and leathers laying the foundations for the earthy colour palette so symbolic of that time. 

Belted patchwork leather coat, MICHAEL KORS

Just add sparkling accessories to this patchwork metallic leather coat, or layer it over flares and you’ll be stepping back to Michael Kors’ beat. Available now at Net-A-Porter.



Michael Halpern is known for his unapologetically glamorous aesthetic. The AW collection was no exception. “For so many seasons I talked about escapism and doing this type of clothing that allows people to forget about the horrible things that are happening,” Halpern said, “and I feel like decadence is an appropriate way of saying that now.”

Sequinned halterneck dress, HALPERN

He took inspiration from Art Deco motifs by the Russian-born French artist Erté, and turned kaleidoscopic prints into nostalgic evening wear worthy of its own red carpet moment. Available at Matches Fashion.



Apart from the slightly disturbing headgear that accompanied Alessando Michele’s AW19 collection for Gucci – “Masks show and disguise us at the same time,” he said – the clothes showed all the signatures Michele has become known for – oversized tailoring, preppy knits, and a youthful dose of kitsch.

Checked wool-blend jumpsuit, GUCCI

All together some of the looks came across as overwhelming – too much going on to digest. But deconstruct any of them, and the artistry and the wearability is plain-to-see. Case in point is this checked one-piece. Available now at Net-A-Porter.

  • Words by Elaine Lloyd-Jones
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