Ok, so after writing about Milan Fashion Week earlier, I decided it was probably a good idea to check out how it was all going in Paris as their fashion week kicked off after Milan. But – I warn you, this is a long blog! There were so many designers that I had to write about that I almost had to make this a two-parter. In the end, I thought, so what, let’s make it monumental!
There was a lot of repetition… Same old, same old. Lanvin is still going through it’s Grecian draping period, Jean-Paul Gaultier (sorry to say) rehashed some old Madonna-inspired cone-shape corsets and trench coats, actually there were many, many trench coats to be seen. Long, short, cropped, see-through, lace, deconstructed. Other trends I noticed were polka dots and stripes. Especially spotted tights and socks. Plaid, denim and digitally printed fabrics, and lots of black, white and khaki – or khaki themed colours. Rick Owens showed why he’s still a sophomore and has so much to learn with his origami inspired but boring repetitious designs, with his models looking like cadavers. I know it’s harsh, but come on! Honestly, the media is turning these designers into god-like figures and why? Not a lot of them have done the hard yards and spent the time learning their craft like the great masters. The media needs to slow down their instant appreciation and take a good bloody look! Valentino was beautiful, but there was nothing really new on offer. Where is fashion heading? Where is the inspiration?
Is this is a reflection on the current economic climate, because it would be a shame if it is because I would have thought that in order to help us out of the doom and gloom designers would have bestowed upon us colour and light and traditional spring frivolity. Givenchy‘s models positively oozed death-warmed-up – of course leave it to Kaiser Karl to top all the shows with his Chanel haybarn showdown. No gloomy-faced models there, no they were all smiling and happy and flirtatious.
I have put together some favourites, some that are doing their best to evoke spring and some well, they just have to be seen to be believed.
Balmain has stuck to its shape from last season, squared shoulders, tight and distressed jeans, disheveled clothing, sorry, I mean that sexy just got out of bed look.
When she used colour, oh what colour! I love this red and orange printed frock with just a hint of a bejewelled bodice poking through. And simple green elegance, just divine!
Stunning! J’adore everyone of these designs, particularly the little black one with the purple flower detail. The colours are just so POW! Just what I would expect from Dior and for spring, oui?
Stripes, quilting, shorts, skirts, suits, mini berets, jumpsuits and lots and lots of colour! J’adore this collection! I want every piece of it!
I think this would have to be the most wearable collection of the spring runway. I just love the denim skirts and Stella’s gorgeous tailoring and colour palette.
Just so elegant and beautiful. But alas, where is the spring colour palette?
Yves Saint Laurent
Very 80s inspired, I’m sure my Mum used to have something just like this in her wardrobe all those years ago. But isn’t it gorgeous? It’s like he’s gathered the fabric and just wrapped it around the model and tied it all together with a simple belt.
What could be more spring than strawberries? So pretty and fresh, love it.
Louis Vuitton – sorry, hated it, especially the stupid afro wigs – blah!
Honorable Mention – Hussein Chalayan
To my dear and darling best friend Kirsty, congratulations on the birth of your new daughter Maisy Rose. She looks divine, I can’t wait to meet her in person! My love to you and your family on this momentous occasion. Love you! xxxoo
Sources: all images from Style.com – with thanks.