Paris Fashion Week may have wrapped up on Wednesday evening, but the beautiful pieces we saw strutting down the catwalk are engraved in our minds and we're already putting together our spring summer wardrobe for 2015.
Paris based designers have always kept us on our toes and this year did not disappoint. With recurring themes of innovation and technology, many designers experimented with different fabrics and materials. Leather, knits and velvet, which are usually reserved for winter, were the star looks of the week when combined with sheer fabrics and sparkles.
However, it would be impossible to say that there is just one major look for next season, so here at LUXOS we deliberated long and hard over the top trends from PFW.
Whites are always a summer go to. Is it a reflection of the weather, or simply the fact that it always goes with a tan? This year the whites were out in full force but with a twist. Rather than opting for the typical sundress, the textured fabrics and sheer material allowed for a bit more substance.
While Chloé has always been a staple for those partial to a free spirited summer look, this collection was amplified by the amount of fresh white looks, from maxi dresses to flowy shorts. Soft creams dominated the Allure catwalk, a brand known for its cashmere. It also answered the question of whether or not one can pull-off thicker knits in the summer. The models sporting the heavy sweaters certainly looked the part, but with the heat of Paris' Indian summer this week, it's hard to imagine wearing a summer sweater and still looking cool, literally.
Kenzo's show had a deeper social agenda, 'the future is definitely in our minds right now, we wanted to think about what that meant, We're definitely embracing technology and looking at what is our vision for the future' said Humberto Leon of the show's futuristic, technology themed show. However many of the pieces, white flowy dresses with cut outs, and pastel suits allowed for a lighter summer look, that was both high-tech and feminine. Purity and graphics were keywords from the programme notes, and the rest of the collection confirms that...
Folklore and flowers
Flora and fauna were explored this season, as it often is, but this year there was a wide array of hippie chic. Louis Vuitton's velvet florals experimented with heavier materials for summer; while light fabrics and long dresses offered elegant estivate looks seen at Paul & Joe and Valentino.
Fairy tale inspired dresses from day to night were seen at Valentin Yudashkin where embroidered flowers, sequins and tulle had us dreaming of the most romantic evenings... Which brings us to Dries Van Noten's midsummer night's dream. By mixing Manet's famous painting Le dejeuner sur l'herbe with a touch of Woodstock, the collection was a perfect combination of two summer essentials. While the models lay on the grass covered catwalk, the flimsy folky print dresses and wrap dhoti pants left the audience in a poetic daze.
Bold and bright colours
Somebody call the 70's, Pop art is back. Andy Warhol inspired patterns and brights at JC de Castelbajac and Junya Watanabe offered a modern look on retro styles. Chanel boasted many different looks on the 'Boulevard Chanel', but bold mismatched prints echoed the political messages on the signs the models carried loudly. Though you may not want to be as bright from head to toe, bold colours are definitely a must. Elie Saab captured this perfectly with his mermaid influences of bright turquoise from jumpsuits to plunging necklines. The ever-present lace in his designs complimented the deep oranges and blues that floated down the runway.
Parisian fashion often boasts a lot of black and white, and this summer is no exception. Pinstripe suits, formal denim and androgynous cutouts ruled the runway from Céline to Jean Paul Gautier. The idea of the modern woman was reinvented by giving her the choice between wide leg trousers and tailored jackets, or flowers and summer coats. A neutral palette found at Hermès, or blue jeans and soft materials with occasional bright colours were nods to the other trends found on the catwalk this week. In other words, the modern, working woman has a large array of choices in her wardrobe next season, and it would be a shame to choose just one.