For many, Byblos is a magical city in Lebanon that all who venture towards the Middle East should visit at least once. The wonder of the place is remarkable. In the fashion world, however, Byblos is an Italian fashion house with incredibly good looking designs meant for both men and women. It even has an art hotel holding its namesake. The lines Byblos carried include more than just womenswear, featuring fragrances, shoes and home collections alongside the men’s and women’s apparel in ready to wear designs. It also is no wonder that we were anticipating the Byblos fall/winter 2015-2016 collection to be shown off on the Milan Fashion Week runway today either.
The fashion house simply dazzled us with the optical illusions, particularly at the end, though looking at the initial knee length trench coat in a pinkish coral with the black leggings and turtleneck sweater, finished off with black leather boots, you would not even think it was possible. The sharp geometric shapes have certainly done their number on us, from the bold blue, black, white and red stripes of the second pieces to be worn out onto the runway to the purplish pink, pinkish coral, black and white A-line flared midi dress coming in a few looks later. We loved the asymmetrical black and white woven check patterning on the slip of a midi dress and the leather bow belted top, while we could not help but admire the black and white with coral inserts stripes jacket over the turtleneck fitted sweater and asymmetrical coral color blocked skirt ensemble we were treated to.
While there didn’t seem to be a large amount of focus on the trending fashion styles throughout the fall and winter collections on any of the Fashion Week runway shows around the world, there were still odes to the trends in certain pieces, such as the asymmetrical hems in the skirts and even the coatdresses, the plunging necklines that are not so plunging in these designs, and the ankle straps on the shoes that nearly all designers have added for extra feminine effect. The midi skirts are there, as well as the looser fitting pants, while we are also given a small taste of translucent materials that barely cover up the bare chest underneath. We even have the crop top with high waist belted trouser design that has us staring at the chest because of the black and white optical illusion creating along the bust.
Those optical illusions play a major role in the final batch of the outfits presented, particularly one particular piece that is just too lovely to pass by. It is a round collar midi dress with a frilled A-line skirt and a leather T-belt tied at the waist. The optical illusions change from the chest down to the skirt, starting with a checked design and moving into swirling checks that look as if we are staring through a fish eye. The ankle strapped black high heeled shoes in question definitely do much to show off the length of the legs, while the dress itself elongates the torso and looks quite demure in its styling. We have once again fallen in love with the Byblos fashion house, and that with really good reason.
Photos courtesy of Fashionising