The Paris Fashion Week SS15 Style List
Serving up the big guns for the finale, to wrap the SS15 shows season, Paris Fashion Week delivered sartorial delights from some of the most iconic fashion houses in the industry. From Givenchy to Dior, Saint Laurent to Chanel, the Paris runways have confirmed the trends we'll all be working come the sunnier months.
The SS15 Shows...
With four seasons at Balenciaga under his belt, Alexander Wang has firmly cemented his own style of cool fusing the principle Balenciaga silhouette with a sportier edge, meanwhile Guillaume Henry at Carven did his own spin of sports luxe by way of Formula One-inspired details teamed with razor-sharp tailoring. And keeping on the athletic vibes, Roland Mouret gave his own nod to sportswear with centred zip detailing, his SS15 collection was a distinctly more summery palette of pastels and zingy brights, while for Balmain, Olivier Rousteing delivered yet another confident collection of sharp shoulders, wasp waists - all in pops of primary shades.
Looking to the past to celebrate the future, for Lanvin, Alber Elbaz celebrated the brand's 125th anniversary by sending re-worked versions of some of his biggest hits - as modelled by icons past and present including Amber Valletta and Edie Campbell, while for Dior, Raf Simons transformed the Louvre's Cour Carree into a 3D mirror so that the show tent was entirely invisible and only the reflection of the legendary museum could be seen. And in keeping with the 'past is future' concept, the designer unfused 18th Century French Royal court shapes with modern-day fabrics to spectacular effect.
For Isabel Marant, modern art provided the inspiration for her SS15 collection, which felt more polished than previous seasons, infused with her trademark cool - think sleek urban styles of monochrome jackets and leather belts, through to country with rust shades in fringing and knitted ponchos.
With Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane promising a "long night" in his show invite, he was true to his word, delivering a vibrant parade of Seventies-inspired partywear - as modelled by Cara Delevingne - including jewel-encrusted mini dresses, sparkle-heeled platforms and hot pants. And the Seventies trend shows no sign of abating, as Phoebe Philo at Celine cemented the stand-out embellishment of the season - fringing, which adorned bell bottoms, hems of tiered dresses and even pockets on a vest, while utilitarian vibes were channeled on tunic dresses and sleeveless tops.
In a collection dedicated to Chloé founder Gaby Aghion, who passed away a day prior to the Spring/Summer show, designer Clare Waight Keller captured the essence of the original Chloé girl: romantic and bohemian but still highly-polished. Meanwhile at Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci also looked back into his 10-year heritage at the brand, with a rock and roll take on medieval motifs in poets' blouses, leather spray-on trousers, and armour-like coats, while at Valentino, design duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were also inspired by history - the 18th Century tradition of the Grand Tour of Italy, in a veritable Roman odyssey with Baroque florals, classical ruins and marine motifs like corals and shells printed on light-as-air chiffon dresses.
Channeling utilitarian meets girl-next-door, Stella McCartney opted for a more muted palette of buttercup and pale blues, in parachute silk with knotted hardware detailing, while Elie Saab brought it right back to the disco with Seventies cape-backed gowns and sequin-encrusted mini dresses in haute holiday shades.
No stranger to high-spectacle style, at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into the Boulevard Chanel - complete with building facades and street sounds, all for the ultimate street style collection - think pinstripe tailored suits, top-stitched coats, frill-collar blouses and wide-leg culottes.
Maria says: "On the catwalk, fringing was rife. Isabel Marant, Celine and Chloé were just some of the designers who put their own spin on the trend.
"Slim trousers are officially over. Everyone in Paris was wearing wide legs, often cropped to just above the ankle or culottes. On the catwalk, there was not a skinny to be seen."
The Fashion Crowd...
"Celeb-wise it was a who's who of Hollywood with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Marion Cotillard, Salma Hayek, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Rachel Zoe and Olivia Palermo all gracing the front rows. Even baby North West had her own seat at Givenchy," says Maria.
The Cool Hangout...
"Hotel Costes is still the top place for fashion folk to congregate, although with the balmy weather many took to outdoor cafes to enjoy the last of the Indian summer," says Maria.
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