Paris Fashion Week Report

In Paris this season, womenswear has one foot in the boardroom and another in the bedroom…

Dries Van Noten

‘Did it look like I was having fun? It was supposed to!’ – Dries Van Noten

It was only Day 1 of Paris and Dries Van Noten’s message was clear – underwear is the big theme for SS16 RTW. What helped differentiate Dries Van Noten from the other shows where underwear was a recurring theme was the playful environment he used. From 1940s style slips, babydoll dresses and flamboyant prints, it was a kaleidoscope of colours as well as mix of masculine and feminine shapes.

Christian Dior

‘Raf’s spring garden was an oasis of cool composure’

The lingerie theme for SS16 carried all the way through the shows at Paris Fashion Week and Christian Dior was no exception on embracing this trend. From lingerie shorts making an appearance on the runway, (yes, we couldn’t believe it either!) they were paired with fitted tops, masculine tailoring and organza dresses. A talking point of the show was the 400,000 blue delphiniums which made up its break-taking set as well as Rihanna making an appearance.

Loewe

Upcycling, Upcycling & Upcycling

JW Anderson conceived the look of his Loewe SS16 woman six months ago, when the campaign was shot by Steven Meisel and looks from the show are available now to pre-order online. Talk about embracing ‘fast fashion’! From metallics to transparency being the key features of the collection, Anderson was drawn to plastic as a counterpoint to leather and we loved the result!

Celine

‘Keeping it real with luxe fabrics in simple styles and shapes’

Fabrics have always been a key feature at the fashion house that is Celine and what a celebration Philo’s SS16 collection was of this! With a clean palette of navy and white set in a sand-floored tentscape location complete with a live soundtrack co-designed with Danish artist FOS, Philo was keen for the Celine woman to be put into a new environment. The confident woman Philo always presents us with is beginning to embrace a new shapely silhouette; feminine, nipped in at the waist, worn with voluminous shoulders topped off with an air of femininity. Our personal favourite from PFW!

Chanel

‘Come Fly with Me…’

Chanel took flight this season with a fully first-class experience. With the tickets arriving in the form of a boarding pass – Chanel Airlines departed from 10.30am from the Grand Palais. The classic tweed was given a contemporary update by being paired alongside loose jersey trousers, printed silk trousers and track pants – an interesting new direction for the house of Chanel.

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