The Paris fashion week does not without reason as the absolute highlight of the so-called ‘Fashion month’. Here, the biggest brands in international fashion show their trends and excite the audience each season on the new. Despite the accelerating consumption and the General discussion around the topic of “fast fashion”, Paris enchants with individual design, exquisite materials and stunning runway productions as there is hardly anywhere else to see them. Once at Chanel sitting in the front row – a dream of many fashion journalists. For the guests of the presentation of the new autumn/winter 16/17 collection of the French luxury label was now true. One read “Front row only” on the invitation of Mr. Karl. About this and other highlights of Paris fashion week, you read here:
As one of the last shows of fashion week in Paris, Nicolas Ghesquière showed his collection for Louis Vuitton. The setting: A underwater world inspired by Atlantis and designed in collaboration with the French artist Justin Morin. “We had an idea of this trip, of a woman who could be a digital heroine, like Tomb Raider, when she disco vers on archaeological site.” Ghesquière describes the looks of his models. Knit shirts and sheath dresses, leather and sequins formed the nucleus of the collection. The strong color palette provides contrast. Bright red, cobalt blue and sunny yellow were geometric patterns or stripes, combined with classic black and white.
In close proximity to the Boutique of Sonia Rykiel in the Parisian district of Saint Germain des Prés Designer Julie de Libran, Creative Director of the label, showed their latest creation at the Palais des Beaux-Arts. To the heritage of the family business 16/17 found strips and strongly contrasting colors in the looks for A/W more and more. Dark red, turquoise and yellow led for accents, combined with button blouses, printed ruffle dresses and sparkling sequins. Inspired by the 70s de Libran thus setting a clear statement and looks back on the fashionable highlights of popular labels.
Clare Waight Keller, head of design at Chloe, has discovered the Frenchwoman Anne-France Hauteville and awarded them their inspiration for the new A/W 16/17 collection. Hauteville had traveled to the Middle East in the 70s and then about their discoveries and wanderlust wrote a book. In perfect harmony with the classic Chloé look – modern meets hippie looks urban – the designer showed a series of beautiful caftan dresses, capes in earth tones and ruffled floor-length gowns in delicate pastel shades. Bead applications and colour accents created the ideal look and make already looking forward to this year’s Festival season.
“Front row only” stood on the invitation to the presentation of the Chanel A/W 16/17 collection at the Paris Grand Palais. In the setting of the show for the first time seemed conspicuously restrained. After a staged supermarket, a demonstration of an art gallery u.v.m this season, focused on the essence of Mr. Karl and was a social statement in accordance with the exclusivity of a couture show at the same time (again) as she did in the past, the House of Chanel. “Back to the roots”, it was in terms of inspiration. Coco Chanel’s signature look of Tweed ensemble, long pearl necklaces and hat determine the look for A/W 16/17.
In the House of Dior, it presents the first collection after Raf Simons left the French luxury label in the last year. Meanwhile, Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux are responsible for the Designleitung. Plenty of effort and good approaches were also here not to see, but you missed the innovative nature of a collection à la Simons. There was hardly pretty off-shoulder dresses with flowery, wide coats and knitwear – genuine highlights. We are looking forward to the first collection by Jonathan Saunders. As became known this week, the Scottish Designer will take over the creative direction of the House from next season.