Prints have been a little sparse at the Spring/Summer shows in Paris this season so it was down to design duo Humberto Leon and Carol Lim at Kenzo to bring them back in a big way. They showed an energetic and exciting collection at their show. Set in a early Nineties style nightclub scene with psychedelic UV walls and swirly jungle florals, it was all about colour. The designers visited jungles in Thailand to get inspiration for the collection which was a combination of utility wear and bright tropical prints. Animal print was seen in its oversized form in neon oranges and yellows, and colourful jungle print had a base of greens and blues. Each piece was finished with slouchy boots. An exciting collection, bringing colour back to Paris.
The Celine woman is known for her elegance and perfectly chic dressing, which was why it was a surprise that the collection this season at Paris Fashion Week was a little jagged around the edges. The brand took a step forward and revealed the real Celine woman – how she would be at home; still very elegant but with a human side. Silhouettes were stylish and a little oversized, edges were left unfinished. Excess material was left on floor length gowns and seams were unfinished. But it was the shoes that caused the biggest stir in this collection. They were flat, fur-lined slipper style creations, representing what we can imagine the Celine woman would wear at home. A surprising turn for the brand but we think we like it.
Hermes saw an array of trends combined into one in its collection. Silk scarf printed blouses were worn under oversized geometric jackets. Prints took inspiration from the Far East, combining jungle prints with Oriental florals. There was a nod to safari chic, with utility wear including oversized work pockets. There was so much in this collection that we don’t know where to start, it summarised everything we have seen in Paris so far this season.
The evening closed with a celeb filled show from Givency. P Diddy, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and model Natalia Vodianova were all sitting front row. The show was filled with pale icy colours, baby blues and greys were most prominent. Fabrics were floaty, with organza ruffles adding texture. Silhouettes were straight down with added contours and exaggerated waists and shoulders. It was all very chic. Shoes were kept to flat sandals, with Perspex panels. A very interesting show overall.