We’ve compiled a sneak peek of our three favorite collections from Paris Fashion Week. Chock full of the top trends, including fringing, bold shoulders and ornate embellishments, every piece is going to be on your wish list!
Designer: Alexander McQueen
Colors: Black, White, Fuchsia, Crimson, Bright Green
Fabrics: Semi-transparent, Lace, Fur, Suiting
Details: Roll Necks, Statement Trims, Fringe, Square Shoulders
Sarah Burton took a different approach this season for the McQueen brand, allowing the persona of a down to earth young woman to dominate the show. Adding to this, Burton asked the normally unseen backstage helpers, including junior members of the team and students from surrounding fashion schools, to raise the curtain, or more specifically, the woven hangings, signaling the start of the show. Showing her affinity for nature and the beauty of landscapes, Burton drew inspiration from the communities and open air spaces in Cornwall, United Kingdom. The southern county inspired the collection through its vast accumulation of ancient stone circles, medieval churches and even its rich subculture of paganism. The opening looks of the show resembled the trees Burton found in Cornwall, onto which locals and tourists alike, had tied ribbons onto for good luck and wish granting.
Hand embroidery played a large part in helping to ground the collection and creating the depth of imagery Burton wanted to convey. The embroidery and hand beading portrayed images of wispy trees, birds in flight and botanical style tapestries. Bringing to life both her own vision and that of McQueen’s, she was able to stay true to the brand whilst putting her unmistakable stamp upon it. Some favorite pieces included perfectly tailored pant suits, heavily embellished dresses with semi transparent backing and thickly trimmed feather cuffs.
Designer: Alexandre Vauthier
Colors: Black, White, Crimson, Cobalt, Slate Gray
Fabrics: Satin, Tweed, Leather, Velvet
Details: Form fitting dresses, Asymmetric Silhouettes, Voluminous Sleeves
Following on from his Spring Couture Collection, Vauthier has toned down and added to his original inspiration. Pulling model of the moment Bella Hadid back in as his muse, after opening the Vauthier couture show, she is now the star of his sleek look book. Modifying his couture ideas into a more ready to wear appropriate collection, Vauthier switched from Swarovski crystals to sequins for his one shoulder dresses, much in the same way he switched his moto cross couture ideas for a more street style hoodie ensemble.
Bella would look flawless in just about anything, but we can’t get enough of her in these backless dresses and the sultry down filled black velvet coat – showing it off at Paris Fashion Week.
Colors: Black, Brown, Tan, Rust, Orange, Midnight Blue, White, Gold
Fabrics: Leather, Snakeskin, Semi-transparent, Satin, Crocodile
Details: Bandage dresses, Fringing, Linear Patterns
Mirroring his January menswear show, a portion of his Fall/Winter 17 collection turned the simple and basic tee shirt into something extravagant and over the top at Paris Fashion Week. The wolf printed tees were adorned with gold chains and beaded with gold sequins or featured a tortoiseshell print with velvet inserts. Later on the collection took a turn to layering shades of brown, tan, rust and black, in the form of eyelet dotted micro mini-skirts, mohair knit and fluid contouring lines.
As much as we loved the collection from Balmain this season, we also must mention Rousteing’s position on diversity for the runway. Previously he has stood loud and proud about including women with curves, women of a certain age and unconventional body shapes in his runway collections and this time was his push for the inclusion of diverse ethnicities. In an industry that is dominated by Caucasians, it’s a pity that it’s even an issue, but at least Rousteing is setting an example for others to follow suit. On the outside, the collection may say provocation and glamour but its core says “inclusive”.