When I think of Paris Fashion Week – especially when it’s the Autumn/Winter shows – I expect to see black, black and more black. But this season there’s been a surprising amount of colour on the runways (although black, it should be pointed out, is still the new black). Raf Simons treated us to all the colours of the rainbow at Christian Dior, Alexander Wang strayed from his signature monochrome palette at Balenciaga, and at Rochas models walked the runway wearing funky, bright gloves. Sure, they looked suspiciously like rubber washing up gloves, but they’re a lot of fun!
Here are some more noteworthy looks and collections from the first half of Paris Fashion Week…
You know I can’t resist a bit of leopard print, so I’m thrilled to see it appearing in so many Autumn/Winter 2014 collections. Parisians sure know how to make animal print look chic, and Carven‘s sexy skirt suit instantly got my fashion pulse racing. I’m also crazy about Vanessa Bruno‘s cool leopard jacket – it’s a great piece to throw over casual outfits and run around the city in.
As the world’s highest paid model, Gisele Bündchen doesn’t have to struggle through the biannual month-long fashion week circuit. But she does pop up on the occasional runway, and last week walked in the Balenciaga show. Before arriving backstage she shared this snap on Instagram, proving she’s also the unbeaten champion of off-duty model style. Miranda who?
Over at the Jennifer Lawrence wardrobe presentation – also known as the Christian Dior AW14 show – there was a beautiful parade of rainbow brights. The collection felt more like spring than fall, but when it looks this good who really cares? I personally think this is Raf Simons’ best work at the label, so far, and cannot wait to see these designs on the red carpet. Let’s hope Jennifer is happy to share, because Lupita Nyong’o, Natalie Portman and Emma Stone would all look fabulous in these pieces.
As always, Chanel is the golden ticket, and the Autumn/Winter 2014 show takes place on Tuesday morning. This season the presentation will have a shopping centre theme, so imagine what would happen if Karl Lagerfeld took control of Westfield. It sounds amazing, right?
After Phoebe Philo left Chloé, in 2006, the label has plodded along steadily without making any serious noise. We’ve seen a few designers come and go, but now that Clare Waight Keller has got comfortable at the French fashion house it’s finally focusing on what it does best: clothes that all the cool girls want to wear. There are 40 looks in the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection, and I guarantee you’ll want at least half of them. The printed day dresses have already jumped straight to the top of my wish list!