Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Best of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013/2014

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After seeing New York, London and Milan Fashion week I was hoping that Paris Fashion Week would remind me that I love fashion week. Unfortunately once again during the spring/summer 2013/2014 I was disappointed. Paris Fashion week designers mostly showed what we have all seen before. Very few designers showed something different and those who did tried to be too different.
It seems as if all designers are tired. Hopefully next year they will get over their fatigue and we will have real collections to look at.

Balmain - 26 September
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The Balmain woman has grown up. I do believe Balmain is the reason why there is a surge in '90s inspired collections. Last year the Balmain showed a very '80s and '90s influence collection and this year he has moved more into the '90s.

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Balmain is known for it's monochromatic prints and this year we saw the same prints reinvented.
There were several quilted items which reminds one of Chanel and surprisingly some floral. Floral is obviously no surprise for spring collections but it is for Balmain. Balmain is usually made up of geometric and monochromatic prints so seeing florals is a pleasant surprise. The floral is a great addition to the Balmain aesthetic and it was done very well, maybe the best floral of the season.

I absolutely loved the pastel pink items. It made the collection a lot more delicate and gave it a spring feeling. Once again leather was used and slowly but surely I am starting to accept leather as a spring fabric.

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Once again Balmain emulated a strong woman who has been inspired by the 80s and 90s. The aesthetic of the brand has remained strong throughout the collection, yet we can also acknowledge that it is not a copy paste of last year's collection.

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Valentino - 01 October
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The attention to detail shown at Valentino this year is astounding.

The collection paid no attention to current runway trends fellow designers have been bowing down towards. Instead Valentino decided to create a collection inspired by Ancient Rome.

If you have ever watched films set in Ancient Rome you will know that the women were style goddesses. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are the Italian designers who were behind this beautiful collection so the inspiration comes as no surprise.

From the first look the collection showed how a modern woman would interpret Ancient Roman fashion trends. Most detailing were paired with black fabric that draped the models

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Towards the middle of the collection, garments became more modern. It became a collection for the every day woman who wishes to embrace the Valentino Roman inspired collection subtly.
There was some leopard print which I absolutely adored. More and more designers are showing that leopard print is not only reserved for the Jersey Shore. Women of any age and occupation can wear the print elegantly.

The collection ended off how it started, with pieces that clearly illustrate the Ancient Roman inspiration. This was a beautiful collection and it was not only the clothes that made it beautiful, the hair, make up and styling all made this one of the best collections at Paris Fashion Week.

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Louis Vuitton - 02 October
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This year's Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer collection was not about the clothes. It was about the man behind the clothes.

The Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2013/2014 was Marc Jacobs' last collection as creative director at the fashion house. As he walked out from backstage to take his bow he was greeted by a standing ovation and tears ... tears of joy.

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The designer said goodbye to his job by putting on one of the best shows I have ever seen at any fashion week. Models took a ride on a carousel which was the center of the runway. Louis Vuitton's spring/summer 2011/2012 collection also featured a carousel similar to this year's one.
Models entered the runway by going down elevators which we saw at Louis Vuitton's spring/summer 2012/2013 collection.

For this collection Marc Jacobs wanted to celebrate the inner showgirl in every woman and he achieved just that together with the set up and the feathered headgear that each model wore.

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Dressed in all black, one would think this was a funeral but it was a celebration of Jacobs' success at the label. Without him there would be no Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear collection, women and magazine editors have him to thank.

In terms of clothing, the collection showed off some of the most beautiful jackets I have ever seen. With the denim and fishnet it was more '00s than '90s.
The ankle boots paired with each look are also beautiful and are needed in one's wardrobe.

It was a beautiful show and an even better way to say farewell to Marc Jacobs.

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