I am currently struggling through day 2 of a monumental hangover!
A girls night out which was supposed to be drinks, meal and home by midnight, turned into drinks, meal, more drinks, dancing and then clubbing. I finally arrived home at 3am and have suffered ever since!
Whilst I have been in a boozy haze Paris Fashion Week has been taking place.
I’ll post closer to the season about which of these looks will become trends for the high street, but for now here are my PFW highlights…
No 1 is Lanvin. I love Lanvin and think Elber Albaz is something of a magician. For A/W ’13 he has continued to weave his magic, sending princesses bedecked in jewels and crowns down the catwalk, wearing fabulous prom dresses, which were pared down with flats. Continuing this ‘mix it up’ theme, he teamed androgynous tailoring with sparkly, killer heels. Utilitarian coats were worn with femme fatale slips. Throughout, oversized necklaces brandishing the words, ‘happy’, ‘love’, ‘hope’ wear worn. Another collection I covet!
Next, another favourite of mine Isabel Marant. A collection that had a subtle bohemian feel to it with a rock and roll edge. “MIni’ was the key word. Tiny skirts and thigh skimming knits were worn with blazers and oversized coats. A dark colour palette of slates and navy was interspersed with softer shades of sand and print. The use or skinny, sequined scarves added a freshness to the range. Yep, I’m going to obsess about it.
It’s been really hard to choose which of the Paris collections are my favourite…I’m spoilt for choice however I love Phoebe Philo’s collection for Celine. She delivered an effortlessly elegant and modern show. Beautifully fluted, knee-length skirts, Jumpers with uneven hemlines, volume coats and clever cutting which resulted in eye-catching ties at the front of dresses and coats; all in subtle shades, ranging from grey and soft peach to navy and slate. A huge thumbs up from me!
Next up Chloe. Inspired by tough girls, independent spirit, bare legs, night buses and bike sheds; this collection was ‘manned up’. There was very little sign of flirty femininity. In it’s place was utilitarian with a hint of military dotted around. Large duffel inspired overcoats, pinafore detailing on dresses, satchels and capes. There was a feeling of the school yard about the collection with the only a polka dot prom dress to do the pretty bit. Totally loving the colour mix.
I couldn’t finish on a ‘no pretty note’, so here is Collette Dinnigan, the ultimate ‘pretty’ designer! Lace is her thing and she really worked it, gorgeous dress, pretty tops, tiered skirts. Her colour palette of black was peppered with highlights of white, neutrals and iridescent sheen. Appliqued leather and figure skimming silhouettes created a grown up, sexy, feminine collection. Nothing ground breaking but a collection full of a really lovely, wearable pieces.
Et Voila, there it is the A/W ’13 collections covered!
If all goes to plan and no disasters get in my way, I am planning a visit to ‘And Other Stories’ on Friday; hopefully a post will swiftly follow with my finds/ buying!?!
Until next time…