And so ends another fashion week and what a week it was. The peacocking bloggers seemed to have toned it down (maybe it was the cold weather) and so have the designers. Here is a rundown of the final few shows.
Chanel rules the fashion world – and just in case we needed a reminder, the set of the Autumn/Winter show featured a larger than life wooden globe dotted with Chanel logos (each one to represent a Chanel flagship around the world). Titled “Globalization,” it was filled with clothes you really wanted to wear. Jackets came with high collars (another Paris trend) or were short in the front (and long in the back) to reveal sexy black waders or thigh high boots. The palette was dark – blues and blacks – and the fabrics ranged from metallic tweeds to other luxe materials that were testament to Karl’s wizardry.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have really created a signature look for Valentino – a long lean silhouette and high necklines that are not only austere but elegant. This season they stuck to the formula but as always added the intricate couture details they are known for. Long sleeved, short dresses came with white lace at the collar and sleeves, or were embroidered entirely in flowers. The gowns clearly stole the show from a long pleated red number to a bi-colour dress sectioned off with scalloped hems at the waist revealing a sheer panel. Another one was decorated in a stunning blue and white pattern that reminded me of porcelain.
Since Sarah Burton is still on maternity leave, the house held a small presentation featuring 10 elaborate looks that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of the Tudors (themes included angels, cardinals, nuns and popes – aka the fashion clergy!) Of course such stunning pieces are impossible to wear in real life, so the true beauty of the collection could be seen in the showroom. The commercial pieces include strapless tops with box pleats across the shoulders (inspired by a priest’s robe) and stunning velvet jackets with voluminous sleeves. Details include diamond patterns on fabrics like jacquard and velvet, to filigree pearl embroideries on the hems. The ornate bejeweled ruffled collars were stunning as were the colours – gold, red, petrol black and green.
After a week of big coats and furry sweaters, you can trust Marc Jacobs to strip it all off. The show venue was decorated like a chic hotel hallway, complete with numbered doors. We became fashion voyeurs as soon as they opened, revealing the inner sanctums of a woman’s boudoir. Models took to the circular catwalk in their finest from lace-trimmed negligees to jackets and pyjama tops embroidered with flowers. This is of course Vuitton so there was also plenty of luxury – trousers and jackets decorated with degrade sequins and marabou feathers at the hems. The speedy even came in mink with exotic wood carved handles. It was the ultimate lesson in seduction and the week’s sexiest collection hands down.