Now that we've had a good look at the general state of fashion on our own small island for the coming spring/summer season, courtesy of London Fashion Week, let's now turn our attentions to events in the world of style on the other side of the English Channel. Naturally, we're referring to Paris Fashion Week, and there were more than a few hints of what you may don yourself this coming season, when you seek a little assistance from the personal shopper services in London that we offer here at Shikkuu Guides.
Of course, if you just wanted to do some celeb-spotting and marvel at all of the most exotic fashions from labels a long way out of your own budget, Paris was a pretty good place to be. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian turned up to the launch of Givenchy's ready-to-wear collection, while there were also plenty of world-famous fashionistas at the Chanel show, where Miranda Kerr and Cara Delevingne turned heads flaunting a triumphant country chic collection, characterised by powder blues and bluish pinks.
West and Kardashian will no doubt have been wooed by the Givenchy show's outrageous five car pile-up on the catwalk, prior to the emergence of the models in tribal glitter masks made from Swarovski crystals. Jean Paul Gaultier's show wasn't exactly understated either, with the runway turning into a dance floor on which Karlie Kloss and Coco Rocha strutted their stuff. It all left our stylists in London desperate to just see some clothes, and there were some pretty good ones on show from the likes of Dior, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and basically any other internationally renowned fashion label or designer that you may care to mention.
In seeing everything, there were a fair few trends that our fashion stylists in London were able to pick out. First of all, minimalism is out, and the iconic knife-edge pleat of Japanese designer Issey Miyake is definitely in, making an appearance on skirts, gowns and even laser-cut leather, diagonally and vertically as well as paired with silk, in addition to with tulle. Meanwhile, those who want to look skinny with their chosen fashions may just be inspired by the resurgence of the vertical line, with no shortage of athletic and op-art influences apparent in the big, bold stripes pounding Parisian catwalks this autumn.
Nor could any style advisor in London of ours have failed to notice a curious combination of casual fashions and heavy metals like gold, platinum, bronze and copper. Somehow, we doubt that you'll be using a 24-carat dress as a lazy afternoon T-shirt any time soon. A bit more realistic as a fashion piece for Shikkuu Guides clients is surely the shirtdress, which feels akin to a thrown-on shirt from your boyfriend's drawer. It's a little unconventional, a little short and leaves you a little exposed, perhaps showing how buttoned-up isn't always... buttoned-up.