Paris Couture Week Highlights

Call me crazy, but I don’t always subscribe to fashion trends. Don’t get me wrong – I find fashion truly inspirational as an art and craft but there are times when things just get out of hand (or arm, or leg). After all, there’s a fine line between looking expressively eccentric and downright ridiculous.

I still appreciate the creativity of the work behind some ensembles but, shall we say, I’m just not entirely convinced they should leave the drawing board. So here’s my (hopefully) objective look at some of the hits and misses of the Spring/Summer 2015 designer collections. Feel free to cyber high five or engage in a caps lock rant in the comments!

LOVE IT!

Elie Saab

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As you would expect, Elie Saab’s designs are fit for a Disney princess in a magic kingdom far away, but the balance is struck with the clever use of more natural, earth tones inspired by his home country, Beirut. The perhaps less characteristic feathers give the collection a touch of extra glamour, and the short, fun pieces make it even more likeable.

Zuhair Murad

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Another favourite designer displaying an ethereal collection of form-hugging skirts, billowing capes and something in between, all showered in glorious amounts of sequin. What’s not to love?

Ralph & Russo

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A flurry of rosy silks artfully shaped into cropped capes and flowing petal-like gowns, Ralph & Russo’s collection is a nod to the romantic souls out there. The short, dusty rose one is a particular favourite of mine.

Versace

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Although it can be deemed slightly too monochrome, I liked the Versace collection. I mean, look at the fabulous jumpsuits! It was made even better by the fact that Kate Hudson wore one of the perfectly tailored creations at the front row, and this definitely comes to show that couture can be fashionable and wearable to boot.

TOLERATE IT!  

Christian Dior

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Dior has given many an iconic piece to the fashion world, however Raf Simons’ latest modern creations just don’t agree with me as much. I’m still giving it a pass as I loved the edgy latex legging boots.

Chanel

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Very much true to their original designs, Chanel focused on minimalism and a fitted silhouette. I suppose this just isn’t a style I can relate to, hence the lower rating. However, I did like the fact that they managed to incorporate multiple colours of next season’s palette into their pieces, like the classic blue dress above adorned with marsala, grey and nude pink flowers.

HATE IT!

Valentino

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Okay, perhaps ‘hate’ is too strong a word, but it serves the purpose of conveying my disappointment here. Maybe it was due to my high expectations of seeing some signature red Valentino dresses fit for out-of-this-world style goddesses. I appreciate the historic vibe that the clothes are meant to give off, but I was hoping for something classier… and no, the cape doesn’t make it better.

So these are my personal highlights from Paris Couture Week. As most of you fashionistas out there know, this is just the start of the impending fashion frenzy of designer collections due to hit us in February, so stay tuned for upcoming posts like this one. In the meantime, you can head to my Pinterest boards French Style and Passion for Fashion.

Enjoy!

Niya xx

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