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For all fashionistas out there, Fashion Week (or rather Fashion Month as it should be called), is one of the most exciting dates in their Filofaxes. What is this season’s hottest colour? Who’s the model of the moment? Will anyone trip over on the runway? These are the questions that fill the brains of the fashionably minded. So my fellow fashion lovers, here is a roundup of what I think were this season’s highlights.
New York City
First stop on the fashion radar is the Big Apple, where the likes of our very own Mrs Victoria Beckham, DKNY, Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren and Alexander Wang send super chic outfits down the runway. I have chosen my two favourite shows:
Usually known for her splendid gowns, Monique Lhuillier has tried her hand at day wear, and to be frank, she succeeded! Her collection was a beautiful mélange of bright summery colours; tangerine, fucshia, peach… the list goes on! Also seen at her show was lace and a lot of embroidered material, all coming together to create an absolutely divine collection.
Reem Acra’s runway show screamed of a disco in the 70s (the only attendees were 6ft tall models, obviously). The materials were iridescent, the hair was massive and it truly was a great show. Once again red was a popular colour and houndstooth also made an appearance (houndstooth, as you will probably notice, is going to be massive this coming season).
Next up is London, where we saw collections by Burberry Prorsum, Erdem, Felder Felder, Christopher Kane and Julien Macdonald, so here are my two favourites of the week:
Ever the creator of amazing gowns, Julien Macdonald did not disappoint, as he sent some dazzling dresses down the runway. Sheer was the name of the game for Mr Macdonald, with intricate embroidery covering any area that could be considered risqué. The collection was almost a sort of etherial amazonian dream of beautiful creations.
Christopher Bailey has truly brought Burberry into the 21st century. This season’s collection features a lot of pastel colours, lace and some beautiful oversized coats (think little girl trying on her mummy’s coat). This collection was superb, it had a secretarial/librarian vibe, only with transparent lace skirts with Bridget Jones-esque knickers on display.
Next stop, Milano! Which brings us to the stomping ground of Versace, Emilio Pucci, Dolce & Gabbana and many more amazing Italian designers.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s fashion journey has arrived in Sicilly, where they took a lot of inspiration for this collection. It’s a throwback to Ancient Greece, with photographs of ruins, huge gold coin belts à la Hercules, and patterns of Sicily’s almond blossom on show. I love the contrast of hard and soft that is seen throughout the collection.
Roberto Cavalli’s collection had an underlying art deco/1920s theme (very Great Gatsby). The collection contained lace, embellishment, sequins, fur and some delicate fringing. Every outfit was stunning, Cavalli did an excellent job!
Last but not least nous sommes arrivés à Paris for the final (and most anticipated) week of all. Paris Fashion Week is definitely the most exciting of all the fashion weeks put together. Paris is home to Chanel, Elie Saab, Zadig et Voltaire, John Galliano and many more amazing desginers, here are my two favourites from Paris Fashion Week:
Valentino’s collection was positively awe inspiring. The audience was constantly on edge, as one second the garments emit a feeling of northern Africa, the next minute we’re in Ancient Greece. This whirl wind trip around the globe concluded into a beautiful show with a lot of incredible pieces.
My absolute favourite of all the shows put on over all four cities was most definitely Balmain. Showcased at Balmain’s show was houndstooth (in all colours), a lot of pastels, this seasons hottest colour, pink and also checkered patterns. The collection was elegant yet playful with some super short hemlines and fun textures. It has a sophisticated feel yet also a relaxed one with slouched knitwear and loose silk trousers.
So there you have it! Fashion Week has closed its doors for another 6 months but it has most certainly left us with a lot of trends to be looking forward to!
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