Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Paris Fashion Week (Recap Part 1)

As Paris Fashion Week is slowly coming to an end I thought that a two-part recap would be a perfect way to end it, especially since a lot of people enjoyed my New York Fashion Week recaps. 

Paris Fashion week is a lot different with a much more luxurious feel with the top fashion houses in couture and ready-to-wear. Here are a few of my favorite designers from week one (Tues 9/29-Fri 10/2). 

I did not include Christian Dior's show because I loved it so much that I'll be doing a separate post on that as well as the Chanel collection, aside from my part two. Now feast your eyes on some gorgeous clothing that I'm sure we all want in our closets. 
Alber Elbaz designed a gorgeous collection for Lanvin's Spring/Summer 2016 season. "The looks were strong, and the models were styled with hard lines and short hair. The minimalistic makeup played to this masculine theme, with the bulk of makeup being used to add a harder look to the cheekbones." The collection featured a few black and white outfits, along with red garments and simple colored pieces throughout. The show simply faded from masculine to feminine towards the end.
The Balmain Spring/Summer 2016 collection was once again a reference to Roustein's favorite oversized belts tightly cinched at the waist, somehow rigorous square shoulders that were doubly highlighting Balmain woman's moral strength. There were super-minis audaciously baring sensual thighs and, of course, the number one indicators of Routing's aesthetic- intricate macrame frocks having some round motifs on them, sophisticated beaded panels that seemed to be so heavy to carry, an explosion of latticework, mesh and fishnet that were proudly showing some fragments of the strong and sexual bodies of the models.
Designer Clare Waight Keller loosened up her perspective for Chloe's Spring/Summer 2016 collection. There was a mix of Retro (think Run DMC) tracksuits with ultra-feminine lace tops and flowing dresses that gave somewhat of a sporty vibe. There were beautiful colors in girly designs as well, which had a chic boho beauty to them with chiffon gowns and full pants. This was a futuristic collection that made for a fun and gorgeous show.
"Dries Van Noten is a man who knows his way around a print. He is also pretty talented when it comes to his color combinations and use of embellishments." He sent 62 looks down the runway in glossy bold hues. There were strong sequined patterns and graphic geometric prints which made for a fun and flashy collection. "Eccentric can be a sad old lady with twenty-five cats. A flamboyant lady is the lady who lives. She wears and she dares and she has fun," said Van Noten. In these clothes, yes, she certainly does.
In the Maison Margiela Spring/Summer 2016 collection, creative director John Galliano found beauty in unexpected places. For example, a dress crafted from broken bits of mirror with a reflection of a flower print. This season he took 1950's gowns and knee length coats and revealed two-dimensional patterns and painted backs. There were also Geisha-inspired silk kimonos paired with kitten heels, something very different than what is currently happening in fashion now.
Anthony Vaccarello's Spring/Summer 2016 collection feeled more like Versace than ever. Since he is also the creative director of the Versace house, sometimes's it's hard to see where his and Donatella's vision starts and ends, without blending the two brands together. This collection showed a spark of something fresh and original with a lot of black and solid-patterned hues. There were a lot of menswear-inspired pieces with bold gold buttoned pant cuffs, a few flowing dresses, and he even added some jeans into the mix. However this collection was somewhat of a disappointment considering it lacked a lot of sex appeal where he usually makes his models look stunning.

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