With drizzling rain caressing the windowpanes, and ripping at the flaking chunks of warm croissant at the local patisserie, you may wonder, what could possibly be more Parisian? We'll give you a hint: it's the ultimate affair for those passionate about style – Paris Fashion Week! We’re expecting a tour de force of creativity and fresh design from the capital a la mode, and so far, we’re trés impressed.
From the flowing head-to-toe sheaths at Gareth Pugh we moved to the halls of Balenciaga, FROWing with the likes of Salma Hayek and Kristen Stewart while the French fashion house presented another colourful collection. At Balmain patterned lace enveloped structured jackets like spanish moss in an old Mexican barrio. However, when the sun sets in Paris, the real fun begins. Nina Ricci was an ode to film noir, mixing flirtatious ruffles with seductive drapes. And at fashion powerhouse Lanvin, the femme fatale came out to play with deep v-necks and ultra-sexy cuts.
Friday brought us Roland Mouret, featuring sophisticated edge with plunging diagonals and shiny wraps as well as Raf Simons' debut ready-to-wear collection for Christian Dior, while Saturday saw collections from the more avant-garde designer houses, including Comme Des Garçons, Hussein Chalayan and Junya Watanabe.
Sunday saw loud jungle prints at Kenzo, graphic modern prints at Hermes and feminine shapes at Givenchy. Monday morning was an antidote to Sunday's bold prints opening with a relaxed collection from Stella McCartney, which had sport references as you would expect after Stella's year designing Team GB's kit.
Monday afternoon brought us classic Chloé with effortless, feminine shapes. Then we went from girly girls to rock chicks, as Saint Laurent brought us a darker collection with black capes, ponchos and oversized hats.
Tuesday kicked off with an elegant collection by Chanel with floral column dresses and cropped jackets - Karl Lagerfeld also created a handbag out of a hula hoop - GENIUS. Then it was time for Vivienne Westwood where hair was big and platforms were massive. Viv's show had a clear fairtytale vibe and of course there were t-shirts with the 'Climate Revolution' slogan.
On Wednesday Marc Jacobs gave us bright 60s stripes and checks at Louis Vuitton - models walked in pairs with uniform beehives rocking acid yellow. Miu Miu then took us back to the 50s with pencil skirts, bra tops, fur stoles and leather gloves.
Now, we love the emerging trends so far. Iridescent punches, billowing plumes, bright, interwoven patterns, starchy banded whites, and structured jackets are teaming the runways. So what other fashionable fare is in store for springtime in Paris? Click through the gallery to view all of our catwalk highlights…
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By Elise Marraro