Aalto, the Paris-based label known for drawing inspiration from Finland’s teen scene, exuded a more grown-up feel for fall, which dovetailed smoothly from its pre-fall line chockablock with masculine-inspired tailoring.
For both seasons, Tuomas Merikoski opted for a “Paradise Lost” theme — a nod to 17th-century English poet John Milton — fashioning pieces for “the next generation of great explorers and resilient women” with a nod to futuristic films such as “Blade Runner” and “Gattaca.”
Sartorial elements came with interesting twists — like the black-and-white pinstripe pants suit sported with a red fur wrap around the waist or the multipaneled jacket overlaying tailored yet patched trousers.
The collection’s mash-up of old and new was meant to create a quasi-chaotic aesthetic, which sometimes bewildered. Sporty details, such as dangling suspenders or belted pant legs, came off more as distractions than embellishments.
This collection was more for dressing up than down, with the fur V-neck dress in brown, black and red a standout piece.