Sunday, 2 March 2014

PFW #4: Chalayan, Jay Ahr, Christian Dior, Isabel Marant | Autumn/Winter 2014-15: Ready-To-Wear

This collection is mainly included in this post for its staggeringly innovative use of adornment; never mind matching your nails to your outfit, why not put them on there too? The mosaic-style effect given by line after line of acrylic nails is surprisingly pretty, particularly in the case of the monochrome dress on the second row. As for the rest of the collection, the use of black, white and grey with splashes of red is beautifully classic, and very Parisian. Plus who can say no to a billowing chiffon gown like the last one?

Monochrome seems to be the way to go this week in Paris. Different textured blacks and legs for days, the Jay Ahr A/W collection begins with simplicity and adds character with trims, fringing and extra zips. There is a Balmain-but-tamer feeling about the looks on the first row, whilst the rest indulge in the more Wild West vibe that I mentioned before in the Roberto Cavalli and Emilio Pucci shows. It won't be a colourful winter for the Jay Ahr customer, but it will sure be a stylish one.

Blasts of colour in blocks of fabric, Raf Simons has thrown out patterns entirely this season and focused instead on vibrant colours and innovative shapes and textures. It also looks as though the long, pink coat of last winter is here to stay, so perhaps I ought to invest in that Topshop number after all. Pops of coloured accessories amongst the all black looks as well as shoe lace style detailing hiding within at least half of the collection, the Dior show definitely stands out from the rubric of this season's collections so far. I am especially in love with the pink and red number on the penultimate row; one for Jennifer Lawrence perhaps?

Nonchalant French luxe. What else were we expecting? If it ain't broke and all that - and it certainly is not. Marant has infused her collection with all of her well loved conventions; big jumpers, short shorts, earthy colours and a boho-Paris feel; the A/W collection is surely one to imitate to perfect that effortless street style chic. Plus lets talk about that model line up; Sasha Luss, Malaika Firth, Karlie Kloss and Magdelena Frackowiak to name a few. Isabel Marant knows exactly how to do Paris Fashion Week.

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