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ICYMI: The Last Of #PFW

ICYMI: The Last Of #PFW

| On 08, Oct 2014

In case the long weekend left you a little worse for wear, here are the very last shows of Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015.

It’s true what they say. They always leave the best till last. In the very last days of the tour de force month of collection presentations, legendary houses like Chanel, Valentino and McQueen revealed their ready to wear looks for Spring 2015. Also, we have Elie Saab and Emanuel Ungaro who proved their talents are anything but ordinary. Take a look below for the final collections of the season.

1. Chanel

Karl takes it to the streets. I mean, literally, to the streets. Constructing a glorious setting inside the Grand Palais entitled Boulevard Chanel, Mr Lagerfeld presented a collection to be worn, not just to be admired. Clothes to be seen on the street, not just in magazines. Opening the show, Cara Delevinge donned an oversize tweed suit, with a pop of technicolor, which led the way for streetwear ready garments with the Chanel signature. Polka dots, pin-striped trousers, sweater dressing, graphic stripes, innovative accessories and the most extraordinary pair of rain boots that I have ever seen came down the runway, all leading up to a protest finale with models holding up placards for women’s rights. No one does a statement like Karl Lagerfeld.

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2. Elie Saab

I’ve always admired Elie Saab’s aesthetic of romance and glamour for evening wear, relying on this vision to provide a collection filled with clothes that are sometimes considered out-dated by the majority of designers. Nothing is outdated about Elie Saab’s designs. With ocean prints & sea colours, the collection was a sublime vision filled with v-neck gowns, jumpsuits, delicate embroidery, rompers, dramatic capes and the beautiful evening wear that Saab is renowned for.

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3. Valentino

The Grand tour, a traditional venture in the 18th century for young men to travel around Europe, was the inspiration for designers Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli, focusing on the Italian leg of the voyage. The bohemian, gypsy chic that Chiuri & Piccioli brought to Valentino is consistently beautiful, making for another incredible collection. Graphic coats, perforated whites, playful minis, exuberant ruffles and the appearance of many looks that were more relaxed in wear for Valentino, were all presented for Spring 2015.

 

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4. Emanuel Ungaro

Since taking the reins of the Ungaro house in 2012, Fausto Puglisi has certainly brought life back into the designer landmark with his bold colours, provocative cuts and elaborate embellishments. For Spring 2015, Ungaro is for the woman not afraid of colour. Forties cuts, crop tops, plaid, masculine pyjama dressing, graphic pant suits, flowing dresses, capes and archive floral prints were seen on Puglisi’s runway proving a strong statement for Spring.

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5. Alexander McQueen

Since the tragic death of Alexander McQueen in 2010, Sarah Burton has taken the house under her wing and treated it with the upmost respect, carrying on McQueen’s aesthetic of avant-garde, thought-provoking fashion. For Spring 2015, Burton drew inspiration from Japan with oriental florals and kimono shapes being presented. Robes, silk jacquards, pleated skirts, harness dresses, cape jackets, elaborate beading and delicate ruffles made up a beautiful collection from McQueen.

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With a finale like that, Paris Fashion Week was truly a glorious spectacle. Tell us who you thought had some of the best collections of the season.

 

Image Credits: The Facebook pages of Chanel, Elie Saab, Valentino, Emanuel Ungaro & Alexander McQueen.