Despite Paris being my favourite of the four fashion capitals, this post is long overdue! Ironically, the reason this is slightly late is because I was writing an essay for university on Paris Couture, however I was focusing on the period between 1918 and 1938, so quite different to the 2015 offerings Paris had last month!
Paris, as I've mentioned several times on Nouvelle Noire, is without doubt the highlight of fashion month for me. As I wrote in my aforementioned essay, Paris has been the pinnacle of design for centuries, and the want to emulate chic Parisian style is always prevalent. What I love most about Paris Fashion is the avant guard looks that are ever-present. Always creative, innovative and often hauntingly beautiful, each look seems to be a piece of art. While I love London street style, mainly because of it's 'rock n roll' roots, Paris has been, and probably always will be, the one that inspires me most.
So, as per usual, find below my highlights of Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2015.
COMME DES GARCONS
Although this is the Comme Des Garcons 'Ready-To-Wear' collection, it's hard to imagine this actually being worn anywhere other than a catwalk or in a beautiful editorial for Vogue Paris, or Vogue Italia - which are in my opinion the only Vogue's that have artistic, beautiful editorials. The epitome of Avant Guard, Comme Des Garcons excelled in outlandish silhouettes and depth created by textures. As with Thom Browne in New York, which you can see my review of here, veils were used to conceal identity and the black colour palette is reminiscent of Mourning attire yet again.
In contrast to the above collection, Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent produced an incredibly wearable collection. As usual, I want to wear every single look above. Slimane has the ability to create fashion that have definite musical influence. All the looks are as if they are being worn by a rockstar who hasn't yet been to bed. The look, top left, immediately reminded me of Madonna circa '84 in Like A Virgin. Again, leather, leopard print and black were dominant in the Saint Laurent collection.
Born and raised in London, and even on the entrance of the 'Savage Beauty' exhibition just opening at the V&A his quote "London's where I was brought up. It's where my heart is and where I got my inspiration", the craftsmanship and intricacy of each piece definitely deserves to be showcased in Paris. Hauntingly beautiful, the collection harnesses the late McQueen's dark influences with current creative director Sarah Burton's creative vision. A colour palette of black, off white and crimson in chiffon, lace and leather creates a juxtaposition of beauty and darkness. This was my ultimate favourite collection of not only Paris Fashion Week, but of the whole of Autumn Winter 2015/16 offerings.
Awaiting the Spring Summer 2016 collections in September with baited breath....