Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Review: Paris Fashion Week

With Paris Fashion Week 2013 recently coming to an end,  I decided to share my favourite Spring/Summer 2013 collections with you. I have loads of favourites from Paris Fashion Week, however, I though I would be sensible and limit this to three!

On the penultimate day of the spring/summer 2014 collections, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli from Valentino presented 73 looks, with each one being more and more amazing than the next. After browsing through the collections at Vogue, I really am jealous of anyone that was given the opportunity to watch the show!

This is probably one of my favourite Valentino collections that I have seen. It isn't usually one of my favourites, but for this season it is probably at the top. It is both ethnic and romantic; very in-keeping with the brand, but along with that, each piece has such a high level of craftsmanship weaved into it. This beadwork and folksy embroidery is of a couture level. Taking inspiration from a Rome Opera workshop, the duo definitely interpreted the grand scale opulence, along with some simple, elegant lines such as a crisp white shirt. Contrasting this, there are many crafted suede designs, tasselled seams, the finest and most sheer lace along with concertina pleats, with pieces such as fringed ponchos, long-sleeved gowns and oversized capes. Along with this, the collection remains youthful, with accessories being very young such as flat sandels and studded leather alice bands. This is a truely amazing collection.

Elie Saab has always been one of my favourite designers as his collections are always a very high standard and remain inkeeping with each one. With the usual fabrics such as chiffons and silks, the Spring/Summer 2014 collection is definitely just as good as the last. Sweeping embellished gowns along with jewel colours of fuschia, salmon pink and emeral were presented in this collection. Contrasting this very ladylike feel, there are also all-black silk and lace, tiered looks within this collection, giving a darker, sexier edge. There are quite a few contrasting looks within the collection, with others being a younger look, with bold pink and green florals featured on some of the pieces, as well as a more disco feel, with one look consisting of a smothering of sequins. These contrasting looks update the collection, whilst still having some of the usual key pretty, ladylike looks presented throughout.

As always, I am a big fan of the collection, with the images showing some of my favourite looks.

This collection I just came across as I was browsing through the Paris collections, and I just fell in love with the silhouettes - cinched in waists giving a very ladylike feel. Véronique Leroy features full-skirted dresses with swooping midcalf hemlines that are played against thigh-skimming miniskirts.

Along with these contrasting silhouettes, fabrics are also very contrasting, with PVC and patent leather played against nubby tweed and spongy terry cloth. Throughout the collection, she demonstrated a mastery of cut and proportion that made her hemlines look equally appealing - this is one of the things I love about the collections. Colours were kept simple, making the focus purely on the cut and silhouette.

Images from Vogue.