This is why
Here is a question: why are we taking a look at all kind of different collections? More often than not the interest doesn’t translate into an instant plan to buy one of those garments in the near future, right?
I think that the main reason is…wait, now comes a heavy heavy word…inspiration. Watching a collection means finding new colour combinations and learning about new ways to combine different garments. When we do it regularly, it probably sharpens our eye for fabrics and prints and what is maybe even more crucial, proportions. It certainly helps us to develop our own style, just because we learn over time what we do like and what we do not like. Ultimately we even will be able to make the distinction between what we like to look at and what really suits us.
If I had to name one designer which would serve as a good example, and there are many which I would consider naming here, I would opt for Dries Van Noten. He excels in the art of layering and by choosing different kinds of fabrics, he underlines beautifully their respective textures. One should not forget to mention his sense for wonderful prints and impeccable styling. All this combined leads to collections which are always worth a second look (and a little bit of swooning). The latest one would make no exception.
Mark Holgate from Vogue.com spoke about „a textbook Dries Van Noten show“. I definitely want to read all the chapters.