And so we come to the final destination of Fashion Week and where better to finish off than in chic Parisian style. Here’s our favourite picks from Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015.
The models at Balmian graced the runway with conviction. With hair slicked back, they exuded power and attitude. The collection was sexy in a kind of dominatrix way, with cage-like lattice work on entire garment pieces; sheer inserts within a black gridded framework. The colour palette was one we had already seen for SS15, monochrome complimented with the primary trio; red, yellow, blue. As if the models waists weren’t minute enough, cinched in with thick, black belts, their waists were near to none existent. The gridded silhouettes soon made way for vertical stripes like a primary rainbow. One thing is for sure, flares are set for a big come-back.
At the Lanvin show, it opened with modern, grecian goddesses, dressed in floor-sweeping column dresses slashed provocatively up the thigh. The look was clean, simple and chic, accessorised with chunky, statement gold necklaces like a picture hanging on a frame. The colours started off somewhat subdued; black, navy, blue, broken up with the occasion white and beige. The details were minimal giving way to the slinky silhouettes. Then came the introduction of lace. Lots of black and blue lace, thrown together like patchwork. After lace, came the layering of sheer, printed textures of deers galavanting, overlaying mesh and sequins in luxuriously rich hues.
Alexander Wang’s collection for Balenciaga started off quite Matrix like, as in the 1999 Keanu Reeves sci-fi blockbuster, with models storming the runaway in black, floor-length coats accessorised with mirrored sunglasses. Again, black and white seem to dominate but then gave way to the usual suspects, peach and lavender, shades we are more accustomed to seeing come Spring. The collection managed to combine sport luxe through mesh, techie fabrics and simple lines, with femininity, through light, ruched fabric and pretty embroidery.
Roland Mouret’s Spring/Summer 2015 offering was vibrant in colour, whilst fresh and youthful in tone. His signature; form fitting dresses, were given a modern shakeup. Asymetric panels joined at the seams in bright, clashing colours like patchwork, reminiscent to the folds in japanese origami. Giant flowers were either embroidered on or cut out to reveal just bare flesh underneath. Whilst his collection mainly comprised of soft pastels complimented with monochrome accents, it finished with fiery red pieces with an embroidered design that looked like a pair of pouty lips.
Tribal chic was the name of the game at the Isabel Marant show in Paris with layering, fringed hems, sewn on shells, feathers, tassles and gladiator sandals. Think the modern day Pocahontas and you’re almost there. The monochrome palette was complimented with rustic, earthy tones like burnt orange, deep terracota and burgandy. The occasional print that cropped up was reminiscent to camouflage but in graffiti form, again reinforcing modernity. Pocahontas has grown up.