It’s the end of fashion season and we’ve seen an astounding amount of beautiful style. Although this year has been seen by many as a little boring, I, for one, have found this season a breath of fresh air – a far cry from all the pastels, florals and safe colours that are recycled every spring. This season was about bold hues, interesting cuts and strong women – a step in the right direction for fashion. So did this follow through to Paris – the city of romantic and ethereal fashion?
Sarah Burton created a new Alexander McQueen collection that was very far removed from the usual spring fashions. This Japanese-inspired collection was created as an homage to her early days at McQueen while travelling to Japan and was built up from there. Burton’s use of leather and dark colours clashed with the blossom pink colours, reds and monochrome that adorned the fabrics. There was a very masculine feel to the whole collection, like an army of Samurai warriors strutting down the catwalk. Although this collection was far more suited to winter, Sarah Burton created a bold and unique show McQueen would be proud of.
Elie Saab is always one of my favourite shows and this runway collection did not disappoint. Although there were the traditional beautiful gowns, the design house shook things up with strong colours and modern prints. There was a completely different look for this runway show – the dark room and spotlights created an effect that mirrored the dramatic nature of the clothes. Even Elie Saab didn’t just stick with the pastels for spring – there were beautiful ombre colours and watercolour patterns running throughout the collection that gave the design house the modernity it needed.
Like Tom Ford and Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent went with dark colours and heavy materials. The dominatrix style that ran through the runway collection created a dark aesthetic, again very dissimilar to what spring fashion is all about. It’s not unlike Hedi Slimane to rebel against the spring/summer fashion rules – since Slimane took over the fashion house, his collections have been dark. This season boasted a perfect collection of pieces that are ready to wear straight off the runway – leather coats, suede jackets, denim hotpants and minidresses.
Valentino kept it chic, simple and beautiful this season with exquisite pieces that any fashionista will envy. From the simple ballerina-style tulle gowns to the shift dresses, the collection had a little something for everyone and left us wanting more. These were pieces that would look out of place in Monaco or Cannes – beautiful light clothing for any occasion. There was an extreme level of craftsmanship and finery put into each piece and it’s not hard to see why Valentino is one of the best in the business. The fashion house succeeded in making clothes that were both beautiful and timeless but ready to wear also – a real feat of design engineering.
Stella McCartney is always a force to be reckoned with and did what she did best this season. Her structured one and two-pieces were a dream to see walk down the catwalk in her twist on neutrals and basics. McCartney was championing denim, plaid and pyjamas in this collection, staying on trend with her usual timeless and classic style. Staying true to the Stella McCartney aesthetic, everything was simple and chic and in true Parisian style, the runway has beautiful romantic dresses and silks.
Kardashian favourite Balmain was a popular show this season as always. Olivier Rousteing stuck with his utilitarian military style, knowing his target demographic want a stylish strong uniform. We’ve seen Kim Kardashian in a ton of Balmain the last couple of months and those army-like overtones she has been wearing were seen all over the SS15 runway. Most of the pieces were lean, sexy and chic – perfect for the woman who wants that killer wardrobe. The collection was predominantly monochrome with splashes of bright cobalt blue and neon yellow, another designer who steered clear of traditional spring fashion.
As usual, Chloe’s show had a contemporary bohemian feel. Designer Clare Waight Keller kept the Chloe aesthetic alive and the show was dedicated to Gaby Aghion who passed away the night before the show. There were camisoles, kaftans and full-length gowns in suede, crochet, cotton and linen – a collection that Blake Lively or Kristina Bazan would be proud of. This seventies trend was a popular one running through SS15 but Chloe always have a special way of creating bohemian beauty in a way only they know how. Each beautiful outfit was accompanied with a pair of chic lace-up shoes that fit in so perfectly with the theme.
Chanel is always a showstopper but this show hit the headlines for another reason. Karl Lagerfeld set the show up as a feminist rally, sporting Chanel clothing while waving placards. However, a number of media outlets have cited the show as disrespectful to the feminist cause and making a mockery of the feminism movement. This has caused a stir but had distracted from the new collection. The pieces themselves were beautiful with a vast range of styles, colours and patterns – the craftsmanship was immaculate, attention to detail Karl Lagerfeld always makes sure of. There is a little something for every kind of fashion personality. Let’s face it, we all want a bit of Chanel in our lives!
So that is it for fashion season once again! We’ve seen some beautiful fashion this SS15, both on the runway and on the street. This has easily been one of the best fashion seasons we’ve seen in a long time with designers thinking outside the box and bringing in colours seldom seen in spring collections. I can’t wait to see how I can incorporate these colours into my wardrobe – looking forward to seeing next season already!
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