10 Oct Highlights from PFW S/S 2016
Tits and Tiaras
Hedi Slimane seems to consistently swim against the current of the ‘norm’. The Spring/Summer collection had a festival theme to it, with the models either wearing a pair of Wellington Boots (either plain, embroidered with flowers or studded) or a pair of the brand’s well known strappy heals; as well as each girl wearing a tiara. The show itself wasn’t far off a festival experience, with the mother of rock’n’roll Courtney Love sitting FROW, the photographers at the back and Hedi’s friends on the floor. Camisoles were made of lace (And yes, we saw boobs. It’s the twenty first century get over it) with either fur coats, an array of leather jackets or oversized denim jackets swung on top. The classic black Le Smoking trouser suit made a reappearance and 17 different grunge slip-dresses walked at the end. The collection had that effortless glamour look to it while still having that edgy, classic Saint Laurent vibe to the clothes. Though the collection probably sounds like a disaster, it was actually extremely wearable and chic, with jackets casually thrown on top of the dresses. This is exactly what you would expect a Saint Laurent girl to wear during the summer, and Hedi definitely did not disappoint them.
Forget BA we want to fly CC
Welcome to Terminal 2C, please have your boarding cards ready and head to gate No.5. Karl Lagerfeld never seizes to amaze the world what his imagination is able to create. One by one the models entered the Grand Palais, some wheeling suitcases, while others occasionally walked over to the check-in desk. The classic tweed skirt suits came in multiple variations from pencil skirts, to ¾ length jackets to blazers with low shoulders. The younger generation of Chanel girls needn’t to worry as Karl had tracksuits, knitted skirts and jumper ensembles with baseball caps as well as mirrored aviators. Another big theme of this show was layering; jumpers tied around the waists, thin trousers with either dresses and skirts on top. The new Chanel shoes were wedged sandals and open translucent plastic boots, it’s time to forget about flat-forms and trainers.
Fashion week has come and gone quickly, however was truly unforgettable. Valentino travelled to Africa with their collection that included beads, fringes, leather and ceramic neck pieces, Alexander Wang gave us his last collection for Balenciaga and Iris van Herpen showed remarkable craftsmanship with her architectural collection. Huessein Chalayan had his clothes dissolve when showers of water sprayed on to the catwalk and Balmain had a star studded line up of models who wore suede dresses to neutral coloured tight one-pieces down the runway.
Photo by Thurstan Redding via Wonderland Magazine