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Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015: The Essentials

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Funky florals from McQueen and Celine (left) and denim at Kenzo and Louis Vuitton (right)

Apologies for not posting for so long, but Paris Fashion Week seemed even more gruelling this season than ever before. For me, the whole season was a bit flat. There were no real disasters but no standout shows either, as designers keep on doing their thing and reworking trends that seem to be selling well (fringing, crop tops, shirting and flats – yay!)

In Paris, we said goodbye to Jean Paul Gaultier (although he is still doing couture which is his real talent anyway) while JW Anderson’s women’s debut at Loewe was super chic. There were some designers who moved forward in positive ways like Haider Ackermann, whose masculine look was updated with a hint of romance that was never fussy or forced. McQueen was also a standout as Sarah Burton sent out her most wearable runway collection to date.

Since it’s too late to post reviews, I present spring/summer 2015’s must-have essentials because it’s never too early to start planning ahead.

Jacked up florals

Liberty style florals aren’t cutting it anymore as this girly print was given a fresh update. It was all about the ugly-pretty mix at Celine, and velvet pants suits at Louis Vuitton. McQueen’s were inspired by antique kimonos and were blown up and printed on warrior-like tailored separates. Margiela’s  covered their must-have sunglasses.

Denim

It was only a matter of time that denim became a big trend again (it matches with fashion’s new obsession with trainers too!). Even the big names like Chloe and Louis Vuitton  sent out haute jeans  that will definitely become wardrobe must-haves. At Kenzo the look was oversized and casual. Chloe’s denim sweater and matching wide legged trousers was one of my favourite looks of the week.

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1970s at  Saint Laurent and Valentino (left) and trousers at Chanel and Giambattista Valli (right)

The 1970s

I gave up counting the amount of times I saw bellbottoms on the catwalk. Celine’s were matched with cut-out tunics while Acne’s were made with crisp fabrics.  Hedi Slimane sent out boho style dresses and matching turbans, although his versions were super glam thanks to gold and sequins. At Valentino the designers experimented with pastel shifts and scarf print jumpsuits that had a glam touch.

Trouser suits

Yes the midi skirt is still around, but the trouser suit is a much more comfortable (and wearable) alternative. At Chanel it came in tweed or in stripes. Many designers featured cropped or wide bottoms to update the silhouette. It’s a man’s world after all.

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It’s all about the details at (from left to right) Chloe,  Givenchy, Haider Ackermann and Stella McCartney

Lace, eyelets, weaving, cut outs, ruffles

The look was less girly and more breezy (see Chloe’s awesome collection) or modern (see Dior or Louis Vuttion). Haider Ackmerann’s ruffles were poetic yet contemporary.  Most designers opted for virginal white so the craft details really stood out.

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Maison Martin Margiela

Standout Sunnies

Forget Statement sweaters, it’s all about the must-have sunglasses next season. Experiment with mirrored or patterned finishes and space age styles.

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