Saturday, 12 March 2016

Style: Paris Fashion Week AW16

The pièce(s) de résistance of Paris Fashion Week.

Paris flexed it's fashion muscles this season with beautiful, confident collections on every single one of the nine whole days that is PFW. These were the particularly eye-catching and exciting shows.

Actual gasps escaped me as I watched the Rochas show. This season is sublime. A wonderfully 'undone' parade of 70's-esque silhouettes in colours that don't quite work but somehow do, styled with hair that confirmed that 'ah, this old thing?' look. The crowning moment was the chartreuse dress with delicate green embroidered lace overlay, worn with cobalt socks and chunky platform sandals. A triumph.

Key piece: the socks and sandals really take the biscuit here.

The Vionnet archives were raided to great effect this season. A thoroughly modern interpretation of the Vionnet look meant fluid lines, clever cuts and refined colours styled in a very minimal, clean fashion. Lots here for the outerwear addict and plenty more for your average red carpet event.

Key piece: it's all in the styling; wear your gorgeous gown, but keep it simple with straight, centre-parted hair and classic accessories.

Stella McCartney strikes the perfect balance of aspirational and wearable. In fact, the wearability of these beautiful looks makes them all the more desirable. This season is awash with easy to wear navy and grey, with cute-but-not-too-cute prints (*wink wink* swan prints might just be a major trend of their own this AW) and tiny flashes of colour. The relaxed silhouette of oversized jumpers and coats were pulled together nicely with belted waists and high-waisted trousers.

Key piece: never has a black puffa jacket been so desirable. I want. 

Rick Owens is, it has to be said, a little on the avant-garde side of fashion. However, this collection was too delicious not to include. Owens skilfully created clean, fluid lines out of fabrics that are usually anything but. A beautiful example of well-done fabric manipulation and art-fashion. And it all looks so cosy!

Key piece: let's be honest, these pieces aren't going to make it into the average womans' wardrobe - but don't let me stop you draping yourself in your favourite woollen blanket.

The Dior girl is grown-up, smart, but still very, very pretty. Neatly tailored jackets paired with pretty floral skirts; pretty little sundresses worn with stark, dark lipstick; the laced up boots worn with everything made for a girly yet confident look.

Key piece: a pair of dark sunglasses to tough up your summer sundress.

Like all good things, fashion month has come to an end. That's all from the catwalks until September...

A x

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