The Room Fall 2016 Campaign: The Old School

Celebrating innovative ideas in fashion.

It’s the perfect time to shine a light on the mainstay labels that have reinvigorated our love for luxury this season. Although these style-set staples have been hanging in the closets of fashion fiends for years, their latest collections prove they are bringing freshly chic ideas to the racks and backs of the sartorially inclined.

Here are a few of the established designer’s that we can’t help but be energized by this season.

J.W. Anderson
Having established his reputation in menswear, Northern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson, has become a go to for pieces that play with proportion and those that blur the line between masculine and feminine. This season’s collection, inspired by a David Hicks quotation about the freedom of choice and the individual’s ability to choose, perfectly aligned with Anderson’s unique approach.

Maison Margiela
Inspired by beauty and brutality, creative director John Galliano unites glamour with classic pieces: A fluid cocktail dress becomes completely original with a flash of silver lame and a cold shoulder, while patent pilgrim shoes are dressed up with eye-catching crystal buckles.

Anthony Vaccarello
Known for thigh-high slits and envelope-pushing sexiness, Vaccarello’s fall collection takes a new approach to provocation. A fluid suit with corsetry-cinched hips is flawlessly cut and changes the direction of contemporary eveningwear. His attention-getting approach has made him a red carpet and industry favourite, ensuring his name will continue to generate big buzz this year. Fans of the label will want to stock up on this season and next, as the designer recently decided to put his brand on hold after Spring 2017.

Simone Rocha
Transformed by motherhood, the London-based designer took inspiration from the female form, swaddling the body in pretty layers of organza, transparent except for beading and embroidery. Shapes are strict, romantic or sometimes both, while the mood is poetic and emotional.

Christopher Kane
Pleather and lace are one example of the masculine and feminine balance present in this dark collection. However the edgy appeal found throughout takes a cue from societal outsiders and the beauty of an object as it ages. As with any Kane collection, this season will in no doubt prove to be both influential and distinct for the British designer.

Proenza Schouler
This American design duo has established a fanatical following for pieces that both observe and are a part of youth culture. This season the downtown girls will covet their takes on texture and movement, with hits of visible stitching, shearling and maritime trousers.

Azzedine Alaïa
Azzedine Alaïa has been a leader in fashion since his body con aesthetic defined the ’80s, though this season’s new shapes may just define a new era for the venerable couturier. That his popularity is so enduring is a testament to how timeless and beautifully constructed his pieces are, whether a little black dress, intricate footwear or eyelet embellished bag.