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The Fashion Fix – Paris

21-05-2019   


The finale of all finales. The city of Paris signalled a rather chic closure on what has been yet another spectacular and unforgettable fashion week. The bi-annual circuit has provided us with some unparalleled creativity and unorthodox vision that somehow always manages to trump the previous season of style.

Paris prevailed with many memorable moments, non-other of course than the profoundly emotional final Chanel show by the late Karl Lagerfeld, and not forgetting a Grace Jones cameo on the Tommy Hilfiger stage.

The city gives way to quite possibly the biggest names in fashion, from Paco Rabanne, Balenciaga, Chanel and Alexander McQueen, to Maison Margiela, Dries Van Noten, Saint Laurent, and then some.

Here are the top trends that appeared from the top city…

Paris Autumn/Winter 2019

Checkerboard Prints

Probably the most predominant print paraded throughout Paris Fashion Week – the checkerboard pattern gave way too many designer’s collections, including the memorable show at Off-White, whose runway flooring was showered with a grandiose version of the motif, not to mention the array of coordinating dresses that featured throughout.

However, Virgil Abloh was amongst good company with regard to the print of choice for Autumn/Winter 2019. Striking versions of checkerboards came from Balenciaga, Loewe and Kenzo.

Feathers

For the designers wanting to indulge in the glamour of it all and without being the topical subjects of anti-fur activists, feathers were the ideal decoration that frequently festooned the trims of many collections. The flamboyant adornment was applied to clothing in an amalgam of ways, including adding movement to jackets at the likes of Cedric Charlier and Balmain as well as injecting high-impact glamour to shows like those at Guy Laroche. Saint Laurent opted against subtlety, parading honey monster style attires that attained a real wow factor.

Chartreuse

Compared to the demure sophistication of Spring/Summers’ love of beige, the unapologetic dramatics of chartreuse will certainly make fashion editors sit up and take note for Autumn/Winter. Marine Serre held no prisoners, fabricating her collection with the authentic reflective material, whilst other designers including Vivienne Westwood, Issey Miyake and Nina Ricci channelled chartreuse so brightly, it made the other garments appear positively dull.

Check in next week for more trends, news and views xoxo, Katie

By Katie Farley

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