As summer comes to an end, it’s time to look to the coming fall—and what better way to do so than a peek at the best fashion of the upcoming season? We may not have back to school these days, but now more than ever, there’s a case to be made for updating your closet come Labor Day. And we aren’t talking a new pair of jeans or basic sweater (though, by all means, throw those in, as well). This season, it’s all about the extremes. From Pierpaolo Piccioli’s extravagant take on the Moncler puffer to Tomo Koizumi‘s organza explosion, these are the season’s most elevated looks that are heads above the rest. Here, a look at the best of the best, as modeled by another industry best: Raquel Zimmermann.
Things are looking rosy for Kei Ninomiya, whose signature scrunching technique appears in full bloom.
Noir Kei Ninomiya dress; Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs hat; Budd Shirtmakers socks; Atsuko Kudo stockings; Schiaparelli Haute Couture shoes.
Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello blazer, pants, and boots; Dr Noki’s NHS T-shirt and necklace; Budd Shirtmakers socks. Beauty note: Take a shot in the dark. Nars Satin Lipstick in Opulent Red delivers full-coverage color in a single swipe.
In his final collection for Schiaparelli, the designer Bertrand Guyon relied on bold strokes of creative whimsy—like Schiap herself.
Schiaparelli Haute Couture coatdress; Atsuko Kudo top, leggings, and gloves; Prada boots.
The message for Marc Jacobs is clear: The bigger, the better, especially when it’s be-feathered.
Marc Jacobs dress, underskirt, hairpins, tights, and shoes; Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs hat.
Make way for Richard Quinn’s megasize party frocks. Wallflowers need not apply.
Richard Quinn caftan; Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs hat; Atsuko Kudo gloves.
Inspired by the work of the glam-rock costumer Larry Legaspi, Rick Owens’s postapocalyptic vision has been infused with a little space oddity.
Rick Owens top.
Filled with sublime tailoring and airy alpine sensibilities, Karl Lagerfeld’s last collection for Chanel hit a high note.
Chanel cape, blouse, pants, and boots; Dr Noki’s NHS necklace (in hand).
Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia has gone full Gallic chic with sharp tailoring and cocoon silhouettes from the archives.
Balenciaga coat, blouse, jeans, and boots.
The spirit of Britain’s postwar Teddy Girls informed Maria Grazia Chiuri’s proudly feminist Dior collection.
Dior bodysuit and boots; Marc Jacobs hair combs; Maison Gerbe Paris 1904 tights.
Tomo Koizumi exploded onto the fashion scene this year with a parade of colorful organza poufs.
Tomo Koizumi jacket, skirt, leggings, bow, gloves, and train; Marc Jacobs hairpin.
Matty Bovan, the British designer’s mad assemblage of materials may be homespun, but it’s all about elegance and flair.
Matty Bovan jacket and pants; Prada shirt; Stephen Jones for Coach x Matty Bovan hat; vintage tie from Cenci Vintage, London; vintage belt; Budd Shirtmakers socks; Gina for Coach x Matty Bovan shoes.