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Digital Coverage of PFW Fall/Winter 2015-16 Day 3: Barbara Bui

Throughout the last month, I’ve started noticing something that has grown to be rather ubiquitous on the runways in NYFW, LFW, MFW, and now PFW. That something seems to be a resurgence of the 1990s. Two collections for the Fall/Winter 15-16 season have specifically taken their line back to the late 1990s-through the first couple years of the new millennium (which was between 14 and 15 years ago, respectively). The second designer who did this, and successfully grabbed my attention in the process was Barbara Bui. For all my harping on about the disdain towards the normcore minimalism that was rampant last spring, the one positive I see in the kind of minimalism in this collection is clearly drawn from late 1990s minimalism, you know before that dreaded hipster element that is normcore permeated it and ruined it for me.

With a minimal color palette that actually had color in it, dominated by shades of blue, there were other colors used to balance out the dominant shades. One such color was Pantone’s color of the year, marsala. Other than that, black, white, and brown were also seen in Bui’s collection. Keeping true to the late 1990s style minimalism, I was surprised to see low-rise flared pants on some of the models who walked the runway. I actually liked the low-rise trend, it’s something that keeps me motivated enough to work on my abs. The minimalism shown in Bui’s collection for Fall/Winter, however fantastic it is, is also balanced out by the embellishments used in some of the looks. Sequins were de rigeur in some looks, whether they were used as a stripe or trim for a pair of pants or a jacket itself had sequins. Different trims were used in some pieces, with leather being used as the trim for the aforementioned sequined jacket and a poncho. Models walked down the runway sporting pointy toed boots and pointy toed ankle boots.

Some trés chic skirts made were spotted, skirts that sported front/side slits. What surprised me the most in this collection, besides the piecing together of different fabrics, was that velvet was used. I’m not sure if faux fur or fur was used, but regardless the judicious use of either type was noticeable. Plunging, keyhole cut necklines were prominent, along with the previously mentioned leg baring skirts and asymmetrical hems seen in other looks. Leather was also used, seen in a jacket or as piping for a poncho. Cigarette leg pants were also sported by various models on the runway.

All in all, Barbara Bui’s 2015-16 collection was a hit with me! I loved it, in fact I loved it so much that I managed to author a somewhat coherent, yet riddled with grammatical errors as far as the eye can see, review.


To see this stunning collection in all its glory, click here:


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