11.3.14

PFW: THE ROUND UP



The final, and often most anticipated, week of 'Fashion Month' is of course Paris. The home of  haute couture, Paris is where the designer elite show their avant-garde craftsmanship, unsurprisingly with the baroque venues and stunning setting. Home of fashion legends like Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier, Parisienne fashion is the epitome of chic and emulating their effortless style is a constant inspiration to me, although having a tougher 'London' edge is always present.

With a cityscape so rich in intricate details and an air of romance around every corner, there is no doubt that the Parisienne style evokes the city itself in it's avant-garde masterpieces. The Parisienne has a certain je ne sais quoi, the street style is something that is of inspiration to not only myself, but several other fashion conscious across the globe; take the plethora of blogs and books dedicated to helping one to get the coveted 'Parisienne Chic'. Paris Fashion Week is the pinnacle place to showcase outr√© designs in grande and exuberant venues.

As previously, see here my round up of shows from Paris Fashion Week.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER 
Vogue.co.uk describes this collection as 'punk-meets-cyberspace-meets-Eighties-disco-girl style', and with a description like that, well what's not to love really? Tartan is most definitely set to stay for the coming season, as previously seen at the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Show in London. Especially red tartan it seems, echoing the punk origins in a more stylistic way. Again we saw sheer black contrasted with textured black, a juxtaposition seen across the pond at all fashion weeks. Another highlight was the Jack Skeleton-esque pinstripe trouser.

ALEXANDER McQUEEN
Set against a forest-like backdrop, the Alexander McQueen show had a very peculiar, yet beautiful strangeness to it. The eerily pale makeup played canvas to the darkly romantic silhouettes, translating McQueens drama through Burton's delicate detailing. Largely monochromatic, the collection, despite being of British origin and heritage, fit perfectly with the Paris aesthetic.

SAINT LAURENT
Last, and by no means least, is Heidi Slimane's latests collection for Saint Laurent Paris. My absolute favourite collection of fashion month, determines that Saint Laurent's grunge style is here to stay- much to my delight! With rich tartan, boy-meet-girl tuxedo's and opulent velvet, this collection is perfect in every way. I'm especially looking forward to creating my festive season wardrobe and adding as much Saint Laurent and Slimane inspired tailoring. LBD move over, I'm looking for the perfect BLT- Little Black Tux.

Thus brings the end to Autumn / Winter 2014. While Spring has just about sprung in London, and we welcome the trends we saw back in September to our wardrobe and ultimately our wallets, I look wistfully (and lustfully) forward to the colder months so I can relive my love of these collections!


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