No doubt, there is an inherent overlap between food and fashion--from the public scrutiny of models' diets to the fact that both food and clothing are required to fill our basic human needs. But the phrase, you are what you eat and what you wear, has taken on an entirely new meaning as the fashion and food worlds have come to collide in more overt, bold ways. We're seeing more and more designs and accessories mimicking what’s on our dinner plates and in our fridges, proving that what we crave on the table translates well to something we crave on the runway. And the recent 2017 Spring/Summer Fashion Weeks around the globe were no exception.
At Joseph Altuzarra’s show in New York, life handed the ready-to-wear designer lemons, and he made an evening dress and denim-printed python blazer adorned with sequined lemons. Rounding out the fruit bowl, Altuzarra also covered his knits and outerwear in other fruits, including cherries. Gucci’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, may have been inspired by foraged foods, as a mushroom-patterned vest was one of many highlights during his Milan Fashion Week showing. But it was handbag and accessories designer Charlotte Dellal’s designs for the eponymous brand, Charlotte Olympia, at London Fashion Week that had me going bananas (literally). For her recent collection, Dellal seemed to have taken some cues from Carmen Miranda’s infamous fruit headdress and from French performer Josephine Baker’s banana skirt, sending models down the runway dressed in fruit costumes and accessories. Yes, they actually dressed as bananas, strawberries, watermelon, pineapples, etc.
All that being said, all of this made me hungry--not just for fresh finds to upgrade my closet or for the perfect solution to my Halloween costume dilemma, but for some fresh, vibrant foods to add to my diet this fall. As much as I love it, a girl can't eat heavy comfort food and hearty bowls of warm gooey goodness every day. So here's to letting my fashion-inspired food flag fly high with my top autumnal salad picks, inspired b the catwalk.
Proof that fashion and food go together like two p’s in...apparel. Now, dig in.