Dry Clean Only: Infuse runway fashions into your wardrobe

Top: Urban Outfitters, watch: Urban Outfitters, bracelet and earrings: Forever 21. (Demetrius Freeman/HERALD)

Kae Holloway

Fashion month is wrapping up in Paris and with it comes the much anticipated ready-to-wear lines of designers like Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel) and Phoebe Philo (Céline).

With all of that going on, the cliché question to end all cliché questions is posed again: can you actually wear what’s on the runway?

The answer to this timeless question is simple: yes. You most definitely can, but it requires a bit of a creative spin and, at times, a lot of pursuing. 

To start with something simple, let me bring up Pringle of Scotland’s line for London’s fashion week. The 24-piece collection featured a lot of white and off-white knitwear, paired with black pants and skirts. A few pops of dark red and  bright orange offset the dull pairing of the black and white, but all in all it is a very wardrobe-adaptable line. For everyday life, department store sweaters and black pants can evoke the same simple and sleek look achieved in this line.

The graphic print looks incorporated into lines such as Preen, MSGM and Ostwald Helgason are also simple to adapt to your wardrobe. 

I must point out Preen in particular, though. Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton brought a not-so-subtle “hint” of science fiction to their fall ready-to-wear line, shown in London a few weeks ago. Many of their blouses and dresses were emblazoned with none other than Sith lord Darth Vader. 

If there’s one thing I can argue and give advice on, it’s the simplicity of incorporating Vader and any other Star Wars reference into your daily style. Retail stores such as Forever 21 and Old Navy almost always have clothes from a galaxy far, far away in store or online. 

Now there are some lines that, despite their tag of ready to wear, are not easily worn. Take Jeremy Scott’s debut line for Moschino. The majority of his 48-piece collection is borderline unwearable. While the line was adventurous in adapting symbols of modern culture, it’s not practical to try to adapt a ball gown into your wardrobe with a giant nutrition label printed on its pleats. 

For the most part, though, anything you see on the runway can somehow be adapted to your daily wardrobe with enough creativity and patience to find similar pieces for less.

Stores like Zara and H&M are fantastic if you’re trying to copy the runway. Both take ideas from various lines and incorporate them into affordable pieces for their stores. Zara will cost you a bit more than H&M at times, but the quality of the clothes are a testament in itself.

Fall is far away, fashionistas. There’s plenty of time to take what’s been on the runways all of February and infuse them into your wardrobe. 

To see a gallery of the styles and trends I’ve referenced in this article, check Dry Clean Only out on the Herald’s website!