Paris Fashion Week Two Random Shows I choose to Watch and Liked – Part 2

Balmain dropped a collection to die for, from bags to shoes, to belts, to those mouth-watering colors and fabrics. And then, there was Cara Delavigne. The model turned actress, for sure made more than a few hearts to skip some beats at the sight of none other than herself, walking confidently in the opening of the show. She has been out of sight from the fashion world for quite some time, so this opening was everything.

Back to the collection, the show began with a couple of all-white looks, but then everything took on another dimension thanks to gorgeous colors and effects. Accessories are mirror-like and huge, looking immaculate and very metallic. All these work amazing with iridescent fabrics, all crafted wonderfully. The shapes in this collection reminded a lot of Grace Jones and her 80’s looks, with wide shoulders and the game of bright colors and futuristic cuts. Streetwalker denim looks, high waisted belted pants, padded shoulders, all are part of the Balmain SS 2019 collection. The architectural pieces are absolutely amazing, so are the icicle looks, which btw, represent so much from the show.

Front row: Irene Kim, Zara Larsson, Alessandra Ambrosio, Olivia Palermo, Matt Pokora, Camila Coehlo and more.

Favorite looks:

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Paris Fashion Week Two Random Shows I choose to Watch and Liked – Part 1

We are less than a week before the ending of Paris Fashion Week, and there’s already so much to digest from what has happened on the runaways. To make things easier, I’ve chosen two random shows, which already happened (duh!) and analyzed everything under a microscope.

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Staring off with quite a controversial brand, Off-White. Loved the abundance of immaculate white silhouettes placed at the beginning of the show. Gentle, soft, here and there slightly transparent, teasing your eyes and your senses fabrics poured on the runway, leaving a trace of romanticism mixed with a whole lot of modern and minimalistic approach. Then the bright lime, soft baby blue, grey and yellow combinations, and snake lime prints erased all traces of all of that white, yet the vibe remained almost, kind of, the same. I love how the waist of the woman is accentuated, so are the legs with short skirts and knee pants. Several sportswear silhouettes changed the pace of the collection, coming one at a time, right after phases of heels and skirts.

Front Row: Cara Delavigne, Nathalia Vodianova, Alessandra Ambrosio, Neymar Jr. and more.

Favorite looks:

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Victoria Beckham Pre-Tenth Anniversary Retrospective Fashion Show at New York Fashion Week

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Victoria Beckham dropped a few touches of futurism into her pre-tenth anniversary retrospective fashion show for Fall-Winter 2018/2019, presented at New York Fashion Week, moving on further from her usual minimalistic approach, which thankfully, hasn’t changed. The clean silhouettes walked down the runway looking like an ode to the khaki color, with splashes of blue and brown here and there. Animal print brings more diversity to the table, and yet sits so well with the rest of the collection, living proof of the powerful message coming from the shapes. Sophisticated cuts made clothes look stunning, despite their simplicity. As we know, Victoria has a passion for coats, this collection being no exception. The fabrics look heavy, not at all the fluffy sort of thing, yet very high end – the type of piece you can only find from a designer. Without a doubt, the creativity is there, exposed right under your glance.

Best of Shows From NYFW SS 2018 – Part 1

Tom Ford
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The woman from Tom Ford’s SS 2018 collection looked classy with a slight hint of a bad-ass nuance to her personality. Her clothes are undeniably comfy, appealing and alluring. The designer explored the minimalistic appearance, an approach often seen presented at NYFW for SS 2018.

Ulla Johnson
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I don’t know if it’s the background for the show, but Ulla Johnson’s SS collection had me fallen in love with the clothes. I’m feeling the calmness in the colors she chose for this collection. I’m feeling the soft fabrics. It looks feminine and gentle, like a dream.

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GCDS’ collection is like a breath of fresh air among all the disproportionate romance going on.

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Monse stands out from the crowd by having a lovely, down to earth collection, with sporty clothes mixed with casual high heels, socks here and there and hats.

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I was surprised by how much I liked Milly’s collection. The tops are tiny, therefore quite revealing and I love that.

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Adeam is definitely one of the most well-made collections from this NYFW edition. And although the designer joined the existing obnoxious trends happening at the moment on the runway, the collection looks somehow unique from the rest. Fabrics are alluring, colors are mature, cuts are perfect.

Bibhu Mohapatra
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Bibhu Mohapatra left me speechless with an outstanding collection of dresses looking very different from everything happening trend wise. He sent down the runway luxurious looking silhouettes to which I had a hard time choosing a favorite. Execution is perfect, down to the last detail. Colors are earthy and elegant. Shapes are flattering and feminine.

Taoray Wang
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Taoray Wang is another designer with a great collection presented at NYFW. She kept it simple, and added the right details to lift up the mood of the clothes.

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Tibi had lovely long dresses and played with monochromatic silhouettes. The collection is elegant and modern yet unpretentious.




First Impression: In The Working NYFW SS 2018 Leaves Clues of Minimalistic Next Summer

NYFW is still in the workings, yet a first part is close to its end, and continues shortly after, on Monday, which is tomorrow. Speaking of this week, the shows that happened are the first glimpse of what’s going to happen for SS 2018, but that certainly doesn’t mean that we already have it all unraveled. Next week is just as important, and I’m wondering if the styles we had seen this week are going to be present in the upcoming shows.

This week I have seen designers greatly inclined to an even more minimalistic approach in their SS 2018 collections. Silhouettes are designed to look unpretentious, practical, useful and for service. It supposed to be making you feel dressed well at work, on the street and somewhere at a party. The good looks are in the hands of lace, embroidery, ruffles, and cut-outs. And yet, there’s moderation in everything that’s added to make clothes look more than just a piece of garment. The result looks good and satisfying. We almost want it to happen, we want it to be this way.
In many instances, the known shape has been broken and reassembled, a trend that we all know very well from SS 2017 collections. Androgyny is carefully explored.


Karl Lagerfeld presents Chanel Couture Collection under Eiffel Tower Replica

At the Grand Palais in Paris, on July 5, the atmosphere in the enormous stage had already been set before the defile by Karl Lagerfeld’s decision to present Chanel’s Couture collection in a very Parisian manner, and for that, he placed deck chairs in the shadow of an Eiffel Tower replica, lightly clouded at the top. The first sight of Couture started on Mario Batkovic’s ‘Restrictus’, who set the tone for the music that played throughout the show.

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Looking at the clothes, I get a Merry Poppins feel, starting from the very first outfit. The hats, the shoes and the shape of the clothes, all send you on a playful journey that’s meant to be a secret, camouflaged by a rather serious attitude, especially given the lack of details that’s dominating the beginning of the show. Even after that, there’s an abstinence that’s happening, compensated only by feathers placed in the least expected places and big flowers playing out as pampered hems. Sleeves and high boots receive the same treatment, a manner that creates quite an image. Sparkling fabrics suddenly change the mood set at the beginning and with that the collection triumphs into the elegant and highly sophisticated Chanel garment.

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The front row meant names like Kristen Stewart, Julian Moore, Kaya Scodelario (finally!), Nana Komatsu, Tilda Swinton and many other. After the show, Karl Lagerfeld received the Medaille Vermeille de la Ville de Paris by the city mayor, Anne Hidalgo.

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Shows to Check Out at Paris Couture Fashion Week July 2017

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The city of Paris is once again hosting Fashion Week, moving from Men’s, which happened not long ago, to Couture collections for Fall-Winter 2018. So far Ronald Van Der Kemp and Proenza Schouler have checked in with their collections and the first day of Paris Couture Week continues its narrative with exciting labels to watch, such as Rodarte, Galia Lahav and Guo Pei.

Monday, the second day of Couture Week, starts with Schiaparelli and continues with Georges Hobeika, Christian Dior, Ralph & Russo and few other more. Tuesday is just as packed with big names, with Chanel having the honor to display its Couture craft at the beginning of the schedule, followed by Ulyana Sergeenko, Giorgio Armani and Alexandre Vauthier.

Maison Margiela is set to be the first label to showcase on Wednesday and the day continues with Ellie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf and Zuhair Murad. Fendi is displaying at the end and the few hour break that’s happening after Valentino’s show provides everyone with enough time to have a moment after such an abundant day.

Thursday is all about the Couture jewelry. The full schedule is available here.

Highlights of Paris Men’s Fashion Week Schedule

Men’s Fashion Week spring summer 2018 is continuing unraveling men’s collection, leaving behind the city of Milan and lodging in Paris between Wednesday, June 21 and Sunday, June 25. Untill 2 pm Balenciaga, Facetasm, and Icosae have already showcased their collections, with Valentino happening right now after my calculations. Industrialism lover Julius is going to close the day.

Tomorrow is another big day, with Issey Miyake Men starting at 10:30 am, Rick Owens in the afternoon, Louis Vuitton shortly after and other few more brands spread throughout the day. Yohji Yamamoto, Dries Van Noten are there too on display towards the end. Big shows indeed.

Friday is the day when Cerutti and Comme Des Garçons Homme Plus are going to have their collections sent down the runway. Balmain, Dior Homme, and Hermès follow on Saturday and finally Lanvin, Kenzo, and Alexander Mcqueen are having their say on Sunday, with few other more brands. Check the full schedule here.

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