Where else in the world could serve the final act in this year’s SS15 Fashion Parade quite like Paris. The city of love, birth place of haute couture, iconic beacon of Prêt-à-Porter (ready-to-wear) collections and the hometown of elegant, chic style: it is little wonder that many fall in love with France’s refined romantic capital and all it represents.
With designers such as Chloe, Lanvin, Lacoste , Givenchy and Saint Laurent collectively cultivating European style for just over a century, Paris Fashion Week brings the celebrations to a close with fresh excitement for next year’s most innovative looks.
This year Italian fashion houses Miu Miu and Valentino as well as British style moguls Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood previewed their collections among their French fellow designers whilst Chloe, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin and Givenchy served up their usual tres magnifique pieces for Spring/Summer 2015.
Take a look at our most adored looks from this year’s Paris Week catwalk…
The Givenchy show at Paris Fashion Week pulled in a whole host of celebrities due to Kendal Jenner’s appearance on the runway. Sister Kim Kardashian, husband Kanye West and their stylish tot North came dressed the part in custom-made monochrome and lace Givenchy ensembles proving that good style extends beyond the runway straight into the front row. Givenchy merged S&M inspired skin-tight leather, sheer fabrics and lace with elegant lady-like silhouette’s that gave just the right amount of sex appeal in a mostly monochrome palette. Thigh high boots and lace up corsets were contrasted with flowing chiffon skirts and pirate blouses whilst spray-on trousers and leather straps were counter-balanced by fine tailored long-line jackets featuring ’60s inspired Op-Art stripes and embroidery. Romantic yet edgy, the Givenchy show was certainly one of the most memorable injecting a touch of naughtiness to the event.
Alber Elbaz celebrated 125 of Lanvin at this year’s Paris Fashion Week – not to mention his own twelve years’ of service to the brand – with a homage to Madame Jeanne Lanvin’s original designs. Often hailed as the oldest fashion house in Paris, it still remains one of the most forward thinking. Enlisting his celebrity friends to grace the runway, Elbaz dressed Amber Valetta in a Gracian column dress with slicked back hair followed by Edie Campbell in a louche tuxedo. Gently draped pieces with jewels echoed pieces by Madame Jeanne followed by playful yet sophisticated party dresses with a luxe feel in rich jewel colours.
It is easy to see why British fashion house Vivienne Westwood opted to preview this SS15 collection at Paris rather than their home-city of London when you note the distinct influence of the French Revolution on these daring designs. Bodices, bustles, billowing blouses gave her latest runway show a fairytale feel with hooded capes and bonnets made from upturned baskets providing her usual kooky signature. Rich in colour and pattern Westwood borrowed from history to create her contemporary look for the upcoming season with plenty of that not-forgotten punk attitude.
Clare Waight Keller’s latest offering from Chloe was nothing short of poignant as Chloe’s founder Gaby Aghion sadly passed away at the weekend in her Paris home, aged 93. Staying true to the essence of the Chloe brand, the SS15 collection was feminine, free spirited and charming. Soft suede shorts and tailored Utilitarian jackets walked alongside poised silhouette’s of billowing chiffon, Grecian ‘Goddess’ dresses and pretty crochet pieces which had a refreshing Bohemian feel which would not look out of place at a summer wedding or European break. Pastel green’s, peach, dusky blues and mustard yellows created a sensual yet polished couture look that would have certainly made Gaby Aghion extremely proud of her legacy for style.
Stella McCartney’s SS15 collection experimented with shape this year with flowing parachute style dresses, dipped hemlines and knotted sandals for an ultra-chic ‘new silhouette’. Hand-crafted necklaces, printed organza and patchwork prints worked in her favour as models such as Cara Delevingne wore her pieces with grace and attitude .
Hedi Slimane’s take on 1970s psychedelia and rock’n’roll for SS15 is sure to see these Saint Laurent pieces snapped up quickly due to their casual wear-ability. Cara Delevingne took to the catwalk in front of a crowd of music heavy hittters including Lenny Kravitz, Lou Dillon and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo of Daft Punk sporting a Saint Laurent’s suede cropped jacket, leather skirt , neck-scarf and floral print skirt. The ultra-mini hemlines of leather mini’s, tea dresses and distressed denim Daisy Duke’s seemed to be a running theme paired with 10-denier tights, animal prints and silk scarves for a Woodstock meets Studio 54 edgy look.
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Louis Vuitton also jumped on the 1970s trend for SS15 with a retro A-Line mini-skirted silhouette that danced down the runway to Simon and Garfunkel’s 1964 hit ‘Sound of Silence’ . Colorful patterns and vibrant stripes gave a quirky, fun and flirty feel with miniature quilted handbags in tow, suede ankle boots and tailored cropped jackets serving as the ultimate accessories.
An offshoot of the previously viewed couture collection, Valentino continued to take inspiration for their SS15 Ready-To-Wear Collection from the 18th Century ‘Grand Tour’ in which the art, music and culture of Italy is explored. Classicism and Roman inspired art served as the ultimate muses to this romantic yet simple pieces crafted lovingly in printed silk, double linen coats and embroidered fluid floor length gowns; paired of course, with Aviator shades.
Miu Miu is one of our favourite brands here at B Sunglasses because of their quirky and unusual designs and the SS15 – though pared down – is no less fabulous. Vogue described this years’ Miu Miu pieces as resembling ‘the stroppy younger sister of Prada’ as the collection borrowed from their Italian style heritage with its’ traditional elegant silhouettes. However, Miu Miu always dare to be different with clashing colours and patterns, ruffled cropped blouses, 1950s cut jackets and pencil skirts patched together by various fabrics to give an artistic twist. Those shades are the icing on the cake!
Photo source: Vogue.co.uk