Monday, 12 October 2015

Paris Fashion Week Highlights

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Paris Fashion Week is over for another year, with dozens of designers showing off their latest pieces for spring/summer 2016 and countless stand out moments from the catwalk.

From the Chanel Airlines show and Dior’s flower frenzy to the beautiful clothes at Valentino and the hard, powerful women at Balmain, this season was alive and buzzing with style.

Louis Vuitton was one of the stand out shows on the final day of PFW. Creative director Nicholas Ghesquiere presented an immaculate collection inspired by video games, and the futuristic sci-fi characters we love to play with when gaming. Models walked with hair slightly dishevelled hair with small plaits running along the face, while makeup was video game-tastic! We were brought straight into the world of gaming with the first model, who had bright pink, candyfloss hair. Working a pink and black leather jacket and a warrior style pair of shorts, she pretty much summed up this collection which was super cool and stylish.

While at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into an airport terminal, much to the excitement of the eager fashion press. The collection opened with Edie Campbell wearing a neon pink and green gingham jumpsuit, pulling a suitcase along with her, of course! Gingham was also a big thing at Stella McCartney and Miu Miu, so something to look out for next season. Then it was just a roll call of fashionable Chanel passengers, all in tweed suits, bright blue eyeliner which looked like a sci-fi visor over the eyes, chunky skirts and silk blouses adorned with pops of colour.

Kenzo, Balmain (which featured an army of the hottest models), Isabel Marant, Elie Saab and Maison Margiela were other big shows of the week, as well as Christian Dior. With Rihanna sitting on the front row, designer Raf Simmons presented a delicate, soft collection for Dior which was beautiful and intricate. The sheer dresses in neutral pinks, baby blues and white were stunning layered over lace shorts and tiny tops, the sleek long jackets and midi dresses looked like an instant red carpet favourite.

We said goodbye to Alexander Wang at Balenciaga, as he showed at PFW for the final time before leaving the luxury brand. The whole collection was all in simple, virginal white, which was then either draped, twisted, pressed or ruffled to perfection. Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin, Thierry Mugler and Hermes also gave us amazing collections, which focused on beautiful evening wear and plenty of show stopping dresses to choose from.

Valentino was also a star attraction. The collection opened with sculptural black evening and day dresses, some falling to the ground and others sitting comfortably on the knee. With an ode to Africa, models sported tightly braided hair which gave way to messy buns at the back of the head while wearing earthy colours mirroring the plains of Africa, such as browns, orange, yellow and beige which were sublime and beautiful.