It was the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week yesterday, with some of the weeks’ biggest designers showing their collections. The morning kicked off with an extravagant show of giant wind turbines and almost as huge handbags! Set in Paris’s Grand Palais, the man behind the brand, Karl Lagerfeld and his team installed 13 almost life size wind turbines along the catwalk. Everything was extravagant, giant hula hoops were transformed into handbags, extra large brimmed hats were carried by models and statement accessories were bold and oversized. It was quite a colourful show for the brand which began with its trademark black and white and then brought in pastel shades of turquoise, pink and purple, of course in many cases in the traditional Chanel boucle fabric. There were floral embroidered calf length summer dresses combined with shorter thigh high mini skirts and dresses. A gorgeous collection that didn’t throw in too many surprises but showed Chanel to be as triumphant as ever. The front row was, not surprisingly, celeb filled. Jennifer Lopez was front row with her daughter Emmie, both of whom were clutching Chanel bags! Kanye West was also there.
Jennifer Lopez changed into a fuchsia pink number ready for the Valentino show later in the day. The show was demure and as chic as can be. Each dress was carefully embroidered, and gold studs were featured heavily. Jackets were slightly oversized at the shoulders and waists were nipped in with thin belts. There were carefully laser cut fabrics paired with floaty chiffons and collared blouses. The colour palette was quite neutral, black was accessorised with nude shoes and bags and vice versa. There was a slightly vintage feel to the collection and collars were a prominent feature. The finale included full length gowns in true Valentino style. Each with laser cut or printed fabrics. The detail that had gone into each design was incredible. A gorgeous collection which will no doubt be featuring on many red carpets soon.
At Alexander McQueen, designer Sarah Burton had an interesting choice of inspiration; the bee! Each piece was printed with beehive like patterns, and hats resembled those a bee keeper would wear. In theory it sounds a bit mad, but in reality it was a work of art. Metallic prints miniskirts and shorts were placed with exaggerated peplum waisted tops. Shoes were cage like and in some cases extended up to the thigh. There were lots of ruffles and Tudor like inspirations came through later in the collection, with corseted tops and wide full skirts. The colours were all very rich, with golds, silvers, bronzes with black, yellow and red. Some pieces were more wearable than others, but each piece was a work of art in its own right. The finale? A Tudor inspired high floor length gown, embroidered with oversized flowers – the inspiration for many high street designs next season we think!