This past week, the world has focused on Paris Fashion Week, where the final stage of a month-long parade of runway shows around the world has taken center stage. Baroque Access gives you an idea of some of the highlights…
Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, have also been in the spotlight this week, attending every show worth watching at Paris Fashion Week, and causing a stir with some exquisite outfits as well as Kim’s new slicked back blonde locks (the look was almost overshadowed by Jared Leto’s short peroxide look, but still caused quite a stir at the Dries Van Noten show). Kanye had already made an impact in New York with his fabulous collection of sneakers, a collaboration with sneaker brand adidas. This week wasn’t low key either; he sang in a very successful performance at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the first of a series of charity concerts that were held during Paris Fashion Week.
Talking of Dries van Noten… the designer’s fall collection, revealed at the Hotel de Ville in the heart of Paris, had many unexpected, beautiful Asian elements, revealing a Western fascination for all things Chinese. Asian inspiration included Mongolian fur collars and exquisite Imperial brocade overcoats and bomber jackets embroidered with dragons.
But that was just one of the highlights of an exciting week. Japanese design genius Junya Watanabe’s new collection was as successful as anticipated, and included fascinating graffiti inked on models’ arms and legs. The designer described his fall collection as “exploring dimensionality through clothing” and this he did with aplomb and ingenuity.
Nina Ricci’s new designer Guillaume Henry wowed the crowds with his collection, especially a magnificent red sequined party dress that stole the show. John Galliano’s premier ready to wear collection for Maison Margiela was an adventure in romance, with quintessential Galliano touches evident throughout. Alexander Wang was also adventurous with his Balenciaga collection, and the range included more than one element of surprise.
One of the biggest surprises at the stunning Balenciaga show was the arrival of Lady Gaga, who has traded in her white blonde hair for a beautiful brunette look – sporting a simple, chic little black dress, the star’s hair was tied back in a tight bun that was identical to the look created for the models on the runway.
One thing was evident this week – the collections all had hidden secrets, new elements that surprised and delighted. More than one collection looked back in time for inspiration, including Lanvin, which provided yet another surprise this week, and we’re not talking about the brand’s stunning new Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 collection. The design house also opened the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition at the Palais Galleria during Fashion Week, which was just as notable as the brand’s latest runway collections. One of the biggest surprises was the timelessness of the outfits on display, a reminder to all the fashion savvy of how stepping back in time can be just as much an adventure as looking to the future.