- Credit: Nina Ricci. Image courtesy of Catwalking
- Credit: From left: Balmain, Christian Dior, Lanvin. Images courtesy of Catwalking
- Credit: From left: Nina Ricci, Céline, Givenchy. Images courtesy of Catwalking
- Credit: From left: The Row, Chloé, Saint Laurent. Images courtesy of Catwalking
Paris Fashion Week AW14: The Round-Up
Attracting fashion royalty, from powerhouse industry players and editors to celebrity FROW-ers and elite bloggers, Paris Fashion Week always delivers a star-studded Fashion Month finale. Wrapping up the Autumn/Winter 2014 collections for another season, we bring you the sartorial highlights from the capital of fashion.
At Balmain, sharp-shouldered, wasp-waisted blazers were styled alongside safari staples like multi-pocket vests and butter-soft leather for a glamorous take on the tribal trend, while at Christian Dior, Raf Simons showcased minimalist silhouettes, figure-hugging bodycon dresses and a bold pop of colour. Twenties glamour and a refined opulence was served by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, with Nina Ricci also upping the elegance with a midnight garden of florals set off with glimmering metallics.
Meanwhile, more mannish shapes came courtesy of Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy who paid homage to the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine, showcasing sharp tailoring alongside printed chiffon gowns, while Stella McCartney’s inimitable sporty aesthetic rang true for her AW14 collection with borrowed-from-the-boys silhouettes characterised by cocoon suiting, trousers and oversized parkas. And outerwear took on new forms at Chloé with Clare Waight-Keller sending laidback-luxe looks down the runway, applying a "sweatshirt attitude for unstructured coats".
For Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane chose American artist John Baldessari as his inspiration for the AW14 line, while at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld turned the Grand Palais into a well-stocked grocery store, serving a fashion feast of raspberry and apricot boucle suits, delicious orange trapeze coats and no-nonsense grey skirts pepped up with high-shine leggings.
The Sixties and Seventies proved inspiration for Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli at Valentino as mod shift dresses and midi skirts were decorated with multi-coloured circles and colour-block stripes appeared on plisse skirts and lace gauze dresses. And continuing that Sixties revival was Nicholas Ghesquière with his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, sending A-line leather trenches and A-line skirts paired with shrunken alpine sweaters down the runway.
While for a darker take on the season, Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen put a moody twist on Beauty and the Beast with ribboned dresses, fur coats and frilled socks being one of the talking
See all the key looks in our AW14 Show Reports