Monday, October 6, 2014

S/S 2015: Paris Fashion Week

 Alexander McQueen

Slightly futuristic, or slightly alien? Whichever you pick, they both relate to the McQueen fashion show. Surely, the face masks won't be making a move into our wardrobes any time soon, unless wearing a shiny black balaclava without the middle part appeals to you at all? It may look strange to us, but it's a smart move by McQueen as he makes a signature fashion show which I'm sure we'll be remembering for quite some time due to those face masks. But enough about the face, moving down the body, monochrome once again stole the limelight with the traditional floral patterns of summer taken to a new abstract and detailed level. Think the bigger the shape the better. In contrast to these bold shapes, the delicate beading technique was used to create a beautiful natural flow on the garment and a highly textural texture. One thing is for sure, the person who sewed all those beads down has got the patience of a Jedi. 


Since the 1920s, Chanel has been providing us with classic and contemporary designs including the famous little black dress. Even though Chanel herself has passed away, her brand still continues to climb to the top thanks to the help of Karl Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld had the job of creative director for the fashion show and who says you can't have a protest on a catwalk? Usually at Fashion week the protestors are outside, away from the action, with signs commanding NO FUR! But it wasn't these popular protestors, it was Lagerfeld himself along with Cara Delevigne and a parade of models. The whole protest was aimed at womens independence and feminism which Emma Watson's campaign brought this issue to the limelight. Saying all this, of course the fashion couldn't be left out, so therefore continued "normally" afterwards.  Chanel took on 60s mod shapes in their garments as many were accompanied with a simple A line skirt. As for the material tweed is completely unexpected due to it being an itchy material, but Chanel showed it at it's best as Cara strutted a whole tweed suit down the catwalk. 

Oh, one more thing to keep an eye out for is Chanel's new No5 perfume advert that lasts over a good 2 minutes, it's worth the watch.


How low can you go? According to Chloe the neckline can go as low as it pleases as long as it slightly covers the naughty areas, cheeky. Chloe experimented with the necklines at fashion week the most; some were flowery; some were V shaped and some were intertwined together using lace and ribbons. In other words, your spoilt for choice. If you did opt for a low V neckline that's a VERY floaty fabric, my only advice is don't go wearing it on a windy day, that's all I'm saying, and I'm pretty sure you'll thank me for that. Moving onto the garments the detail showed was mainly in lace or ribbons that intertwined together keeping the bottom and the top half of the garments attached to create an almost sheer fabric kind of property that many designers have gone for this season. Clever Chloe however, made their own kind of sheer fabric (kind of). Brains and beauty. 


From all the major fashion designer houses, Rochas is probably the most that is taken forgranted. Often confused with the new rising designer Simone Rocha, this fashion house is sometimes forgotten about, but thanks to Paris fashion week Rochas have been able to up their game and show what they're all about. With fashion, many of the trends seem to go around in circles every year, and flowers is a major part of this rule. However, monochrome seems to be the trend that's being worn throughout the whole year as many fashion designers parade this look at most of their shows lately, like Rochas. A huge fabric trend, sheer, has been used by many designers this season which have twisted, pleated and dyed this kind of fabric for a delicate collection. Rochas used the combination of monochrome and sheer fabric to create levels and layers to the garment and embrace 2 major trends. The shapes on all the garments stayed quite tailored with collars and strong straight lines dominating the pieces. Who knows what Rochas is going to pull out the bag next fashion week, but I'm sure a little hint of monochrome will be there.


Valentino is the show I most look forward to. Each show never disappoints through the beautiful designs which are none the comparison to other designers, Valentino truly is the favourite. The huge amount of patterned detail with a mixture of simplicity, made the perfect collection. Each garment was elegant and floaty in it's texture and stayed quite sophisticated with longer hemlines. With several of the designs taking on tribal colours and patterns they seemed to be the inspired from an urban theme for the collection. To add to the sophistication and quality finish, the use of symmetry in the designs is crucial as it helps to bring the pattern to justice. Now that you've seen Valentino's collection from this fashion week, you should check out my post from A/W Fashion week in February or even just give it a quick Google, you'll be blown away that Valentino produces exceptional garments like these every fashion week.

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