The whirlwind of fashion may have just taken a pause after crossing from New York to London, to Paris and Milan in the last few weeks. One show after another, we are intrigued, inspired and even entertained by the theatrics of each runway show. Even Sebastian from The Little Mermaid has been incarnated into a rather contrived red-claw dress in Thom Browne’s show in Paris Fashion Week.

Browne’s debut since its buyout was rather unpleasant to watch as models had their arms bound by netting or faces covered with a Hannibal Lecter-esque masks. The collection, which also included looks inspired by a feather seagull, mermaids and a shark, left us wondering if fashion is really taken seriously or is it just a mere joke?

Comme Des Garçons forayed into the world of maternity fashion with a show that featured baby bumps. Pier Paolo Piccioli, on the other hand, amused with giant feathered straw hats on each model to complement a romanticised ensemble for Valentino — his take on couture meets ready-to-wear.

Comedy aside, the usual suspects like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hermes all brought their A-game to the runway with to-die-for looks for the upcoming season. Even Dior’s dance-inspired show captivated with a repertoire of designs inspired by rigour and fantasy. There are many to look forward to as we bid goodbye to Fall/Winter 2018 and embrace the colours of Spring/Summer 2019. Here are some of our latest obsessions from the recent fashion weeks.

Chanel’s Paris Fashion Week beach set-up

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We are always intrigued when it comes to Chanel’s runway shows and this season, Chanel has yet to disappoint. They turned the Paris’s Grand Palais into their version of a Chanel beach, complete with sand, waves and a lifeguard on duty. Find a tiki hut and a boardwalk around the set where Karl Lagerfeld later took his final bow when the show ended. Models were walking barefoot on the ‘beach’ — all dressed in the latest ensembles from Chanel including vintage-inspired swimsuits, beautiful feminine silhouettes, large straw hats and even biker shorts.

Jacquemus’ outrageously sized straw bags

Simon Porte Jacquemus has done it yet again. Early this year, we first had a glimpse of the oversized straw hats that became an instant hit among models and celebrities. This time, the designer wows with oversized straw bags of equally large proportions. Inspired by his previous hat design, the French designer continues to use straw as the main highlight as it is currently the trending material. If these are too big for you, there are medium-sized versions that are perfect for everyday use.

Gigi Hadid is the Moschino bride

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Gigi Hadid continues to be the ‘it’ girl in the fashion world with her latest appearance in Milan Fashion Week SS19 as the gorgeous Moschino bride in a grand reveal filled with splendour and fantasy. Hadid wore a white bubble wedding dress down the runway accompanied by butterflies carried by men camouflaged in black. One thing that has been prominent with Moschino is a theme that revolves around flowers and florals. Remember the flower dress that Hadid walked in the previous season?

Dolce & Gabbana all-embracing diversity

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The resurgence of legendary supermodels of the 90s and women of all sizes, colours and eminence in the fashion industry is not something new. In fact, it has gotten more prominent in the last year with fashion runways showcasing some of the most iconic women of the century — an all-embracing act of female empowerment.

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Dolce & Gabbana enlisted a diverse cast for its SS19 show with recognisable faces including Monica Bellucci, Ashley Graham, Emily Ratajkowski as well as British aristocracy, Lady Kitty Spencer (Princess Diana’s niece) and Emma Weymouth (first black viscountess in Britain).

Versace continues its maximalist approach

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Versace SS19 star-studded runway featured some of the industry’s most revered models of the 90s including Irina Shayk, Anya Rubik and Shalom Harlow, as well as the most in-demand new-gens like Kaia Gerber, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. An excessive display of floral dresses and gipsy-inspired pieces, paired with colour-centric elements like tinted see-through bags embodied the maximalist spirit that Donatella Versace was aiming for. If there is one message that Versace wants to send across with its latest SS19 collection, it’ll be more is more. This is the kind of ‘extra’ you want to have in your wardrobe.