The end of Paris Fashion Week marks the conclusion of the Spring/Summer 15 womenswear show season. Never one to emit privacy or restraint, the French capital was host to some of the seasons most talked about shows, covetable street style and star-studded front rows.
To convey luxury without vulgarity is no small feat, but one that the house of Valentino (read the full review here) continuously show. As diverse as each of the 77 looks were, there was a constant thread of refined opulence with restrained yet detailed embellishment and quality craftsmanship. From dark folksy prints to ice cream shades and white Broderie Anglaise, the Valentino show takes you through the highs and lows of the season effortlessly.
Fusing the aesthetics of Californian, Parisian and Japanese girls, Kenzo (read our show review here) looked firmly to the future with an honest, responsible energy surrounding the entire show. Models took to the catwalk in clean, loose-fitting dresses and culottes with dramatically oversized coats and shirts that could have been quite masculine if not for the soft feminine prints.
Whilst Kenzo looked ahead, Carven took to the Swinging Sixties. The classic French girl was updated in mod-inspired, minimal designs in bold block reds, mustard yellow and monochrome (click the read the review). Snake print found its way on to classic mini-shift dresses, A-line coats and knee high flat boots whilst box-bags were carried underarm.
Celebrating their 125th anniversary, Lanvin (read the detailed review here) made things simple. ‘All or nothing’ Alber Elbaz exclaimed, and that is exactly what he offered. Glamorously reserved T-shirt dresses and oversized jackets sat alongside deep blue and yellow holiday-ready designs. But our eyes were on the details. Oversized necklaces were layered heavily with large brushed gold animals and smart, structured leather bags were held carelessly. There was a casually undone appeal to the classically chic collection.
Whilst we’re all about the shows, it’s hard not to get caught up with the models of the moment. Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne have been the major faces of Paris Fashion Week (Cara having a relatively quiet season prior) and they took to the Parisian streets on fashion week’s penultimate day with placards from Chanel’s political finale.
Arguably the ideal face of the edgy, punk aesthetic that has filled Paris Fashion Week, Binx Walton has been a force to be reckoned with. Her beautiful sharp features and intriguingly androgynous look has had her gracing the catwalks of Lanvin, Kenzo, Saint Laurent and Chanel, as slicked back hair and minimal makeup has reigned supreme.
And of course, what would fashion week be today without fashion bloggers. Taking to the City of Lights in a host of must-have, one-of-a-kind, now-sold-out designer pieces, street style favourites The Blonde Salad, Camille Over The Rainbow and Pernille Teisbaek showed off a luxuriously minimal style. A skirt and sweater was the go-to combination for a pared-back, effortlessly chic look that can be dressed up or down with heeled mules or flat skaters, whilst a classic white button-down and cross-body bag give smart school-girl a contemporary twist.
We don’t know about you, but as the first day of October and inevitably the start of autumn dawns, we’re already yearning for Spring-time shades and sunshine-ready dresses.