Big! Big! Big! it seems like every designer when supersize. From bags to gowns; Balenciaga’s show was full of supersize couture. Pierpaolo Piccioli dedicated his garments to long flowing dresses and majestic silhouettes with delicate collars portrayed on Goth style urban girls of the sixties and seventies.
Loewe played it saves in my eyes, with soft knit ski style jumpers in polka dots and neutral coloured gowns. Not much of a show stopper compared to Rochas, who although used a lot of neutral tones, went an extra mile with his designs given us the epitome of Parisian chic, especially with my favourite outfit of the collection, being a silk see-through magnolia shirt with black feminine hanging bowtie and extreme black sequin embroidered skirt. Perfection! Rochas has everything from office chic to Michelin star restaurant beauty.
Like we saw in London fashion week recently, a lot of designers had sixty plus models. Paris fashion week was no different, as Dries Van Noten for his 100th anniversary welcomed back a cast of models who appeared in his shows throughout his career. Not only this, but he took 100 prints from each previous collection and reinterpreted them for 2017. The result was colourful, fresh and relevant. (Especially falling in love with the oversized coats).
Blankets may be the new fashion accessory. At Celine’s show, various models carried a blanket on their right arm in gorgeous bright colours, which came emblazoned with British slogans such as ‘Bangers and Mash’, which means, for those that can afford it, Celine’s blanket will be the perfect summer day picnic accessory. In a show which featured perfectly cut trouser suits, ruched jersey dresses and the ‘it’ trench coat.’
Isabel Marant has gifted us with the perfect Instagram-worthy it jean. Portrayed by model alpha, Gigi Hadid, next seasons must have denim came in a slim-fit and studded with rhinestones. There were other forms, such as a pretty pastel pink flower décor on black acid wash and Bethlehem style star rhinestone design, among others.
If you’re not in love with Sarah Burton’s new collection, you must be crazy. Her Alexander McQueen collection was inspired by women’s connection to the earth, among her motivations, for a romantic collection which fabricated the drama of the coastline in an earthly fantasy with delicate handwoven lace dresses and jewellery inspired by the trinkets left from trees. Perfect for a sexy earthly attire.
Rihanna went for a back to school vibe with her latest collection of Fenty for Puma at the National Library of France. The collection was the perfect mix of tomboy chic and tough girl soccer player.
Finishing off was Chanel’s spectacular show inspired by space travel. A huge rocket, reminiscent of the Vega rocket that lifted off from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana, provided a central point for a showcase of Chanel’s classic quilted coats and funnel neck shift dresses. By the end of the show, Elton John’s Rocket Man echoed through the Grand Palais as the rocket lifted in the air.