La mode du jour
Fashion elite gathered once again for the bi-annual instalment of designer presentations in Paris. Paris Fashion Week (Mode à Paris) ready to wear shows for fall / winter 2017 took place between February 28th to March 7th 2017. Designers displayed the new collections providing a sneak preview of what is in-store for us all this coming fall / winter season. This event did not disappoint and was as glamorous as ever
The description by Carol Lim & Humberto Leon on the Kenzo website sums it up nicely; “A discovery of an arctic surfing subculture led us to a wardrobe that combines wild protection with an urban sensibility. Celebrating the women and men who experience as raw an environment as it gets, and hoping for it to continue forever.” The fall / winter 17 Collection emerged onto the runway in Paris with a pop of extravagant colour. Male and female models adorned with tropical pinks, yellows and greens from head to toe, shining like a surfboard in the sun. ‘This is a winter collection’ we remind ourselves. The new Kenzo collection make us want to go snowboarding or at least to play in the leaves in an autumnal haze of wintery bliss. Oversized sweaters on men and woollen cover-all sweaters, hoodies, balaclavas all warm and all with a splash of colour. With this collection, we will be happy to “experience the raw environment” whatever the temperature.
The Chloe girl is the epitome of effortless cool, enviable in flattering dress shapes, not too much on show but just enough to catch the right amount of attention. This seasons’ collection is just that. An easy to wear range of dresses, skirts and oversized coats combined to make a look that is so cute that even butter wouldn’t melt. There is a strong feel for 1970’s nostalgia here with the retro floral blouse and pussy bow floral dresses paired with oversized tweed coats. In fact, the whole look is a pastiche of a few fashionable eras; 1940’s T-bar shoes, 1950’s super soft fur coat, 1960’s mini dress made famous by supermodel and fashion icon Twiggy, 1970’s pussy bow blouse, 1980’s power coats. There is also among the collection a new take on the oversized shell tracksuit – if you dare! The runway read like a flip through the times like a homage to our favourite trends. Whatever your favourite fashion decade, the collection is on point, looks fabulous and each look in the new collection is never without the statement Chloe bag!
Saint Laurent returned to Paris Fashion Week with a slick, bold and sassy collection for fall / winter 2017. The foxy biker chick is back. Not one for the wall-flower, you’re bound to turn heads in this look. Think leather mini dresses and power boots. The drama intensified by “power-shoulders” and deep V-neck jackets is however juxtaposed by the frilly leather trim present on skirts and blouses. The biker chick look is far from threatening in this season’s Saint Laurent collection. The top to toe leather and PVC is styled in such a way as to emit power and strength for the wearer only. The real message seems; be fearless but not be feared.
Discover the Maison Margiela Autumn-Winter 2017 'Défilé' Collection on their website. There are 31 looks to choose from in the range which poses the question; “which Maison Margiela woman are you?” The librarian, the student, the teacher, the rock chick, the hippy - the range is vast and varied but speaks to every woman, offering something that means something to each one. Alongside are some fun accessories. When you want to try a new look without too much commitment, the offer is there. Opening the show, we were immediately shown the new take on a traditional trench. At first glance, a mid-length belted beige coat, the peek-a-boo chest and cut-out of the statue of Liberty at the back set our hearts a flutter with true fashion amour for its creativity. The choice of looks is great; from nude shift dresses to heavy black gowns and even red leather, this is a collection for those that like to look feminine and but with a little cheeky fun added.
A classy collection like that from Lanvin should be called “now you’re a lady, dress like this…” the new fall / winter 2017 collection however presents a juxtaposition of Victoriana lace, frills and soft chiffons with leather jackets and straight cut trousers. This pastiche of opposing themes should not work – it is more than just the obvious monochrome, it is reminiscent of the rich teenage girl playing dress up in mummy’s wardrobe; trying on the pearls, a lace blouse and silk choker but not quite going the whole way. There is something cool about the way the collection pairs a mature elegant look of long silk pale coloured gowns, delicate detailing with rough and ready back leather boots. The look is playful, youthful, fun, an element of the feminine lady with an inner rebel. The style of the collection screams effortless and classy. It’s sleek, simple tailoring, and soft timeless detailing on Victoriana blouses is ever so luxe, decadent but brought right into the present for a new generation giving lady-like chic a modern edge.
Organised by the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode Paros Fashion Week was founded in 1973. The Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode includes the following trade associations; The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, The Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode includes Haute Couture women’s ready-to-wear, the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine which includes men’s ready-to-wear. The membership of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode includes non-French companies from countries including Japan, Italy, Belgium, Chinese, Korea among others. This mix reflects the growing globalization of fashion.