Paris Fashion Week ended with a bang March 5, thanks to presentations by Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Miu Miu.
This was a defining moment for new LV designer Nicolas Ghesquière, formerly of Balenciaga, who took the reigns after a 14-year run by Marc Jacobs. Ghesquière’s first collection will be remembered for its distinct A-line shapes, which cued a 1960s vibe. His materials, however, were thoroughly 21st century: patchwork leathers, crocodile, industrial zippers, molded bodices and hand-sculpted feathers. My favorite looks were any of the dresses or skirts fashioned with front zippers and belts—which was just about everything. Thanks to its history, Louis Vuitton is indeed one of the “untouchable” houses, but Ghesquière hit a home run on his first effort, modernizing the portfolio and giving us all high hopes for what lies ahead.
Over at Miu Miu the runway focused on quilted nylon. It appeared as jackets, skirts and dresses, along with bold, snappy wool coats, both long and short. The key for designer Miuccia Prada was that nothing turns out too puffy. And she succeeded—except when it came to my favorite piece in the collection, a lapelled overcoat, which resembles a parti-colored standard poodle. As the clothing progressed in the show, Prada introduced every texture imaginable, including silk, brocade, knit and plastic. Fashion’s revolutionary spirit remains just that. In the audience, Rihanna was seen with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.
At Hermès, Christophe Lemaire presented a subdued silhouette—long to mid-length—in highly texturized and luxurious fabrics. The palette was charcoal, camel, black and cream. Oversized suits and coats gave the runway looks a masculine feel. My favorite nuance of this collection was the varying styles of collars shown. We never knew what we were going to get next—a surprise around every turn.
For more from Paris Fashion Week, visit style.com to see a complete list of shows.
Melinda Sheckells - Guest Blogger and Editor, Crystals Magazine
Whether it was Paris, New York, or Milan, checkered prints could be found on runways around the world showcasing Fall 2013’s hottest trends. Apparel and accessories were covered in plaids, tartans and houndstooth patterns of all shapes and sizes on all types of materials including; knits, furs and even silks. Here is a closer look at our favorite checkered runway must-haves …
Our first two brands, Balenciaga and Lanvin, to show this season at Paris Fashion Week, couldn’t have been more different in their stylistic approach to designs, representing both ends of the trend spectrum for Spring 2014.
In his second round as the Creative Director for Balenciaga, Alexander Wang presented his Spring 2014 Collection using the structured classic shapes that the brand is known best for, while introducing floral patterns and pastel-colors, an outside of the box twist for the brand. The tapered silhouettes reflected in the cropped tops and peplum pants, all stemming from woven fabrics with molded leather accents, gave the street-wear designs a feminine contemporary spin. “The idea was to start strong and austere, and let that unravel,” said Wang.
In contrast to the soft and ultra-feminine collection that Balenciaga presented, Alber Elbaz pushed the envelope with Lanvin’s Spring 2014 Collection with his metallic, lamé and satin fabric selections. The show’s pale green, peach, raspberry and maroon color palette was softly embellished with crystals to add a more va-va-voom effect. "I never thought of myself as rebellious. I do think about what people want. People look for a dream and for fantasy in fashion," said Elbaz.
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The excitement is almost too much to handle. In case you don’t have the schedules memorized, here’s a refresher for you.
New York: Feb. 9 – 16
London: Feb. 17 – 22
Milan: Feb. 22 – 28
Paris: Feb. 28 – March 8