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Paris Fashion Week: A Last Hurrah

Paris Fashion Week: A Last Hurrah

| On 01, Oct 2014

After 3 weeks of glorious design and creativity, we finally reach Paris for the last offerings for Spring 2015.

Paris Fashion Week is like the Superbowl of fashion weeks. You have the seasoned veterans like Valentino, Givenchy & Christian Dior, then you have the less well-known designers like Barbara Bui & Christophe Lemaire proving their worth in the competitive realm of fashion. You have your favourites, and you gun for their success. For me, Balmain will always be my favourite with Olivier Rousteing being one of the most brilliant players in the game. Check out some more collections below and let us know which team you play for.

1. Balenciaga

The ‘test’ period is definitely over for Alexander Wang after taking the realms of the French house in 2013. This is his fourth ready-to-wear collection for Balenciaga and I have to say, even though I was devastated that Nicolas Ghesquière left in 2012, Wang is certainly proving his worth. Duster coats, structural boxy jackets, fitted bodies, intricate embroidery, and an interesting element of netting & lattice work were all featured down the runway showing Wang’s strong vision at his new home.


2. Balmain

Oh, Olivier, can you do no wrong? Mr Rousteing looked to the pop icons of today like Rihanna and Beyonce for his latest collection filled with bright colours, provocative cut-outs & impeccable design. Models like Joan Smalls and Kendall Jenner walked the runway which comprised of bandeau tops, sheer palazzo pants, grid patterns, high-waisted trousers, body-con shapes & electrifying hues. Olivier Rousteing’s talent to dress the modern, sexy woman is completely un-matched.


3. Barbara Bui

Mixing eastern influences with contemporary sportswear / hip-hop, Barbara Bui presented a collection filled with masculine silhouettes, vibrant embroideries, and plenty of skin. I’ve always liked Barbara’s clean, tailored aesthetic in the past and this collection is a bold change but one in the right direction. Rolled-up sleeves, layered suits, gold panelling, leather pants & appropriate cut-outs were all on offer for Spring 2015 and it looks like it’s going to be a glorious season.


4. Carven

Wanting to present a ‘fast’ collection, Carven designer Guillaume Henry drew inspiration from Formula One, the sixties, Japanese illustrations and perhaps a nod to Louis Vuitton circa Fall 2014. Just perhaps. A-line dresses, printed coats, zip-up tops, contrasting bands, bright patterns & mod silhouettes were all the rage on Carven’s runway for Spring 2015, providing a throwback inspiration for the season ahead.


5. Cedric Charlier

Displaying the intricate detail of his garments, Cedric Charlier opened his collection with pieces showing off the seams which are often hidden. Highlighting the tailored element of the clothes is quite clever and makes a strong statement. The simplicity and de-construction of the collection appealed to me with the ruffled dresses, graphic stripes, asymmetric shirts & leather skirts becoming a certain favourite.


6. Christophe Lemaire

Voluminous layering has always been a go-to for Lemaire, and why fix something that ain’t broke? Muted colours in monochrome, double-breasted belted trenches, denim, wide lapels, cropped trousers & full skirts were presented for Spring 2015 making up a minimalistic yet indulgent vision for the upcoming season.


With only a few shows left, it’s nearing the end of the Spring 2015 shows. It’s been a wonderful four weeks with some beautifully creative designs. I cannot wait to see the campaigns for these collections. Ciao!

Image Credits: Facebook pages of Balenciaga, Balmain, Barbara Bui, Carven, Cedric Charlier & Christophe Lemaire.