Paris Fashion Week has also come and gone and that declares the fashion week season over for the biggest fashion capitals in the world. TFJ picked out some of the biggest designers that showed at fashion week to spotlight their Fall RTW 2012 collections.
All the things we love from Chanel were on show this season, plus a few extras we’re gladly welcoming. Layering, tweed and that sense of sitting by a warm fire arose throughout the collection. Lagerfeld showcased a classic collection that began with basic blacks but quickly turned to mustard, burgundy and other warm shades of autumn. Belted waists and crystal embellishments added that “something special” to the collection and all in all, it was chic-ly Chanel as always. PS: Did you hear about the amazing scenery? Giant crystals everywhere!
A primarily dark palette featuring natural tans and nudes debuted at Balmain this season. Embellishments, embroidery, quilting and the much loved leather all worked their way into the collection, but it was the pearl and crystal encrusted pieces that really made heads turn.
The LV show was a theatrical one, as usual, with steam trains, porters and of course, amazing frocks and baggage. Coats were large, hats were larger and bags were bigger still. Colours, prints and textures flew around the stage and buttons were embellished. Things to note: layering is definitely in for this season and skin is out.
Chloé showcased a collection consisting of neutral colours and soft pastels mixed in with darker pieces that added a layer of drama to the calming collection. Pieces were oversized, knits were common and lace took centre stage at times. Some pieces were not as flattering as others but in the end Chloé off showed a pretty collection that everyone can love.
Despite all the rumours and drama that has been going on at Dior backstage, the story on stage is quite different. Classic looks teetered down the runway with models dressed in high necklines, hounds tooth coats, peplum pieces and bits of leather. Gowns were chic, girly and high on tulle. A pretty collection, but perhaps lacking the wow-factor that Dior is most well known for?
Sarah Burton gets it right every time. This particular time she took us on a journey, showcasing garments made from goat fur, ostrich feather, Mongolian lamb and more, bringing to life oversized garments that left us trying to spot the model. An amazing collection that proves fashion is indeed an art form.
Yves Saint Laurent:
Stefano Pilati’s final show for Yves Saint Laurent presented looks covered in leather, animal graphics, and chain mail and hinted to the Gothic side of life. The colour palette was dark and silhouettes were sexy as models sauntered down the runway in hip hugging frocks and masculine blazers. A great final show for Pilati.
A collection featuring brights, metallics and animal prints, it leaned towards the space age in some instances. Oversized coats and sheer cut outs, odd angles and clean lines all collaborated to create a collection that explored and pushed boundaries and created a visually stimulating experience.
A collection that focused on the masculine, playing with suits, capes and ties, Hermès settled into classic pieces that screamed androgyny. Leather, fur, velour and prints all intertwined on long coats, cropped trousers and mid-length skirts and the collection turned from a neutral colour palette to rich brights dressed in beautiful prints.
Leather, chiffon and lace worked the runway at Valentino this season. Necklines were high, embellishments were a-plenty and prints also peeked in. The cape is most definitely on the cards for fall and classic beauty is all the rage as hem lines stayed below the knee and sleeves reached wrists.
Paris Fashion Week all wrapped up!
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