PARIS FASHION WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2017

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And the season’s about to wrap as it comes to an end with the final fashion week in the fashion capital of Paris. It’s the city where all fall in love and we fall in love with it’s fashion. The enchanted city had as much to offer. From one designer to the next, many stunning collections were presented and we fell in love with almost all of them.

Let us take a look at the hop highlights and rends of Paris Fashion Week:

Chanel: It was all about technology. But the talented Mr. Karl transformed that concept into an intimate one. Just when we thought he had done it all, surprise surprise. One might question the relationship between such concepts, yet the only mind in fashion to pull such a stunt off is Karl Lagerfeild. The stage set consisted one large mainframe computer as two model robots dressed ever so chic opened the show with a walk. Technology is ever changing yet so is fashion, only Karl can combine such ideas together yet creating a spectacular, sophisticated collection that still sticks to Chanel’s aesthetic. The collection varied from twinkling tweeds and vibrant silky prints to light weight chiffon sundresses. And let’s not forget the item of the season, the 3d Chanel robot clutch which we’ve got our eye on if it ever hits the stores!

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Christian Dior: Maria Grazia Churi’s debut of being the first woman to creatively design for Dior has done a sublime job this season. She introduced a fresh point of view while still balancing the brand’s aesthetic for a new audience. Opening the show was Ruth Bell who emerged in with a shaved head wearing  a white fencing jacket and knickerbockers. Most had expectations for the opening look to come out in a romantic style but Churi surprised us all. The collection featured it’s inspiration from fencing as the concept behind the scene was to involve both the heart and mind simultaneously. Looks included quilted optic fencing kits that were paired with buckled on halters along with sneakers from the new line. It also featured knee high boots that had bee designs embroidered all over. The questioning of the bee designs relate to drawing from the fashion house’s previous motifs, in this case from Hedi Slimane. Under some pieces, quotes written included ‘We should all be feminists.’ This just shows the extent of direction Churi’s plans on taking after such a strong first impression as the first female creative director of Dior. We are super excited to see more from her next season.

Balenciaga: This is Demma Gvasalia’s second collection for Balenciaga and we must say it was vibrant and superb. There were so many risks taken with this collection and they turned out fantastic. The collection featured use of spandex, which was so unexpected but had great results of color intensity, beautiful prints, and shrink ability that  it draped on models in a very kinkily and glamorous way. Usually used for sport attire, Balanciaga proved another purpose for it in such a creative manner. So much more innovation in design was present as it was portrayed in the shouldering techniques of the garments. Each model that had come down the runway owned every garment and that is exactly what we love from Balenciaga.

Balmain: Over the past couple of seasons, creative director, Olivier Rousteing has given Balmain a whole persona and aesthetic of its own. This season there was an absence of the usual heavy embroidery but it certainly was not minimalistic. There were plenty of other over the top elements. The collection featured cutout on bodices, revealing under boobs, high cut slits and sheerness. This time color did all the talking. The color palette consisted of desert tones, brights and cargo green. There were also prints that varied from snakeskin to graphical stripes. Unlike the previous seasons, these garments were much softer on the wallet yet still so fabulous. We’re quite liking the growth path Balmain is headed towards.

A beautiful fashion season filled with exciting collections, sublime design and spectacular sets. As the major fashion city closes the fashion season of weeks and weeks of showcases, we’ve picked out the most popular trends from the french runways:

  1. Back to the 90’s
  2. Structured Sleeves
  3. Chic o Rock
  4. Knife Pleat
  5. Plain White
  6. Printed Tropics
  7. Tied Up Bows
  8. A Modern Boho Twist

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