The frenetic but on-trend to-ing and ‘FROWing’ of this year’s Fashion Weeks continues on a chic European note with Paris Fashion Week Menswear and Haute Couture (June 24 – 28: Menswear Spring Summer 2016, July 05 – 10: Haute Couture Fall Winter 2015/2016). All sartorial eyes shift from the slick stylings of Milan to the classic ‘grande-dame’ that is Paris in Fashion Week season once again.
Before thoughts turn to the boys, and to the lucky few around the world who consider themselves part of the sanctified world of ‘haute’, let’s look back at some highlights of Paris Fashion Week Ready to Wear Fall 2015 to get an idea of what the fashion world will be lusting to add to their wardrobes next season.
Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton was in a futuristic state of mind, with sleek white furs and cool metallic accessories sent down the runway (not to mention lust-worthy Vuitton mini steamer trunk bags, which are sure to be a huge hit in the accessories department).
Alexander McQueen was, at first sight at least, a more backward-looking collection, with Sarah Burton seemingly in a haunted mood. But while the styling of the show saw the models made up in heavy white powder, pursed rosebud lips and backcombed, piled-up hair reminiscent of the French Revolution (fitting given that the show was held in the Hall of the Guards of the Conciergerie where Marie Antoinette was held prisoner), the looks were of course far from old-fashioned. There were super-tight caged leather jackets, body-con bustiers and a highly skilled use of applique which looked as modern as the models looked ghostly.
Saint Laurent’s ‘Pretty Boy’ collection was unadulterated punk, with Hedi Slimane being as unapologetic about purloining from the past this time as he was with last seasons blatant nod to the 70s.
Meanwhile Lagerfeld at Chanel was as Parisian as Café society itself, and in fact this was exactly where he got his inspiration, with the show taking place in the fictitious Brasserie Gabrielle where patrons were served continental breakfast watching stylish confections which could only be Chanel. There was no pushing new boundaries here – look out for tweed, suits, the iconic Camelia flower and Bardot-like 60s styling. But if anyone can revisit classics in Paris Fashion Week and get away with it, surely it’s the house of Chanel.
The prize for the most headline-grabbing show goes to Valentino, if not for the actual clothes. With the movie Zoolander 2 out soon, the runway was graced with the Blue Steel of Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel (Owen Wilson), proving at long last that the fashion world can laugh at itself. As for the clothes, there was a beautiful and consolidated collection behind the jokes, at times minimal and at others embellished, but always confident and exquisitely crafted.
Those who think a Fall wardrobe means having to ditch the colour and prints of summer will have been heartened to see the cornucopia of brights and varied textures from the Miu Miu show, which closed out the Fall 2015 collections. Miuccia Prada continued on in the ‘more is more’ vein that we’ve come to expect of her lately, with costume jewellery piled on to leopard print and patent. Only Ms Prada could make it look so right.
And for us mere mortals who can’t afford a top-to-toe designer wardrobe this Fall, fear not. It won’t take long for these latest fashions to filter down to the high street so that we can all get involved in this latest treasure trove of trends from the finest creative minds of the designers we love.
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