Delicate florals and embroidery were still fresh in our minds after Milan last week, but Raf Simons took this to a whole new level at Dior. As ever, his work seems to be something of a work in progress, using current trends and reworking them, to see if they fit or not with another. Friday night saw patterned ball gowns and skirts with slogan t-shirts. Sport-lux with high fashion: a beautiful jackets with board shorts(?) Somehow it worked and results were glorious.
Social media madness at Balmain, as Olivier Rousteing the house's creative director sent models down the catwalk with sheer tops, only straps of black material covering their most modest areas. The inspiration for the collection came from the censorship many celebrities have recieved on social media, Instagram recently blocked many of Rihanna's (who was sitting F-Row) more risque photos. On the runway itself were the best of the best of the 'social media models' Rosie Huntington Whiteley (title image), Jourdann Dunn and Kendall Jenner, who Olivier described as 'proud of their bodies and unafraid to explore sensuality and transparency. You have to admire the way so many of these stars turn the tables on censorship.'
Balenciaga's show may have been overshadowed by the apperance of Kim Kardashian-West's babygirl sitting front-row, but that doesn't mean that the clothes weren't something to write home about. Space-age disco and monochrome were the order of the day at the show on Wednesday night. Alexander Wang's designs seem to create a happy medium between the French house's more structured tradition and the desginers own more paired back, relaxed pieces.
Though Fashion Month is nearly over, this is the week we've all been waiting for; the best is truly left to last in this world with Chanel, Balenciaga, Jean Paul Gaultier and Givenchy all to show this week. With a horde of amazing garments yet to be sent down the runway it can be difficult to catch-up everything. We've selected the best shows and finest pictures to give you the full rundown in bitesize chunks. We're ready Paris, are you?
Saturday and Sunday:
This weekend brought more colour to the catwalk as Marni debuted her collection. Big, bright flowers with a touch of grunge and less is more flat shoes. Hogan and Armani brought a nautical theme to proceedings with neutrals and cool blues that were a Portofino dream.
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Bally started proceedings by showcasing it's block-coloured androgenous designs at its 9am presentation. Loafers, masculine bags and leather abound, the collection looks set to bring the 'Burberry' effect well and truely to Italy's attention.
Ermanno Scervino's show was ethereal lady through and through, whites and golds flourished on the lace and silks that glided as elegantly down the catwalk as woman in 1950s could have wished to. Etro's paisley trademark was also back with a vengence, this time with a native American twist and plenty of carefree style. If Thursday was about craftmanship and nostalgia, Friday was focused on bringing grace into a modern, more carefree era.
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Max Mara kicked off Thursday with a bold show combining garish retro prints, floppy hats and soft fabrics. Just Cavalli continued the 1970s celebration after lunch. Taking his inspiration from the decade's 'love and freedom' stance: the effect was a kaleidoscopic minefield of geometrics, micro-paisley, ethnic inspired motifs and romantic undertones.
In the afternoon DSquared2's Dean and Dan Caten delivered a youthful, frivolous and colourful show. Bespectacled models with sleek ponytails strode down the runway in bright leather skirts and sequinned bikinis. Miuccia Prada's evening show was less about frivolity and more about taste. Simple dresses and pencil skirts were pieced together in precious fabrics and brocades in a collection that displayed the depth of experience and craftmanship at this fashion institution.
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You didn't have to look hard for London Fashion Week's commitment to recognising current events, from Vivienne Westwood's commitment to the Scottish Independence campaign, she sent models down the catwalk with Yes badges on her tailored, 18th century-inspired dresses and separates.
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The 'current affairs' nod was further exacerbated by Burberry show. Christopher Bailey's all-access event was covered with thousands of images inside and out, the twitter and instagram universes went wild for Kate and Cara, while backstage pictures were uploaded before the first model graced the catwalk.
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In today’s fast paced fashion world, it isn’t just the style on the catwalk that matters, but equally what happens off the catwalk that grabs our attention. London Fashion Week’s style savvy front row, off duty modelistas and fashion forward street style mavens also showed us what to wear right now.
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The main accessory at New York Fashion week never actually appeared in the city, its presence only noted by the empty seats of designers and editors who had relocated last minute to San Francisco.
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That being said, some key trends emerged early on in New York: Long gone are the days of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen's theatricality and decadence on the catwalk, in their place was an abundance of soft, easily replicable designs that pay tribute New York's fabled minimal, wearable clothes – look to Paris next week for all the drama.
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Flat shoes and ballet skirts were the order of the day at Michael Kors and The Row, with simple separates, feminine lines and pastel colours, with mid-calf hemlines, full A-line silhouettes, and covered-up arms and shoulders. There was an undeniable glamour to some collections, with Jung Wang showcasing glittery ball gowns and shimmering shorter styles at Herve Leger.
One of the week's stand out events was Victoria Beckham's debut in footwear. A long time lover of the more vetiginous variety of heels her collection of flats shocked and surprised the fashion world.
New York Fashion Week was brought to an emotional conclusion with American designers Badgley Mischka, Carmen Marc Valvo and Zang Toi celebrating their quadranscentennial's on the catwalk.
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