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Highlights from Paris Fashion Week AW18

A city famed for its eternal influence under the phenomenon that is Fashion Week, Paris pioneers each year, one show at a time. We’re certain there is one thing the French can master after baguettes and romance, and thats dressing well with simplicity. It’s a given that Parisians have an innate ability to keep their stye low-key on the streets and grand on the catwalk, and fashion month drew to another close this week in the French capital. Here’s this season’s highlights for what you can get your hands on later in the year, whether you’re enjoying the Caribbean yachting season or soon in the Mediterranean.

Givenchy

The fashion house’s Creative Director; Claire Waight Keller created an adaptation of 1980s Berlin. Her ‘Film Noir’ aesthetic ran true throughout from the luxe curtains, smokey lighting and grit meets glamour clothing. The collection features boudoir red, deep plum, black and charcoal grey that recreating the cinematic dark era. Belted coats, leather, fur, roll necks and monochrome dominated the show evoking a sensual message that can be worn for all-year decadence. 

Dior

If there is one way to make a statement, it’s marrying fashion and politics. Dior’s strong message was communicated long before the lights went down on their runway. It took them three weeks and 150 to assemble their poster covered set; a statement Maria Grazie Chiuri wanted to reincarnate the city’s student protests in 1968. Models strutted to 2017’s ‘Me Too’ manifesto with slogan slashed sweaters and political logos. Chiuri paid particular attention to tailoring, with an emphasis on daywear, where sportswear meets school uniform – mini skirts, kilts, boots and dresses and a statement shag coat were all apparent. Handbags were complimentary with patchwork and embroidery details, and accessories were finished with coloured lensed glasses – ideal for exotic destinations.

 

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent’s, Anthony Vaccarello took his inspiration from one of fashion’s most influential eras; the 1980s. Maintaining sophistication the creative director, dominated his runway with big shoulders, big hats, and bare legs to draw attention to this season’s must-haves, boots. Ankle boots with silver hardware detailing and knee-high fur cuffed stilettos will be apparent in shop fronts this coming fall. His male models were understated in skinny jeans, creating a rock boyband aesthetic of the times. Black leather, velvet, tassels and fringing will prevail this yachting season.

Balmain

Unlike Parisian’s famed colour palette of navy and grey, atypically Olivier Rousteing threw in Fanta-coloured tones, that you too can wear to complement the sparkling Mediterranean . Reflecting from the Hotel de Ville Paris’ many chandeliers, glittery dresses, narrows pants and broad shoulders made quite the statement on last week’s show. Rousteing declares his fluro effects, holograms and plasticised fabrics reflect Balmain’s power dressing and the future of fashion as opposed to regurgitating the past. 

Rakelle Maurici

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