Thursday, 6 March 2014

PFW #7: Nicolas Andreas Taralis, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Saint Laurent | Autumn-Winter 2014-15: Ready-To-Wear

As I've said earlier during fashion season, you just can't beat a good monochrome collection. It is the epitome of chic, and this collection has utterly exploited the simplicity of the colours by creating both timeless and more stylised pieces. I adore the tailored ankle-grazing trousers as well as the crisp white outerwear; this will definitely be the winter that I invest in a white coat and put Nicolas Andreas Taralis on my radar.

Another colour palette of black, white, and various shades of pink; Giambattista Valli's collection - though not as exciting as his earlier couture looks (obviously) - is still very pretty. Peter pan collars, florals and lace, the collection is making ultra-feminine extremely desirable, with waists and legs being drawn to our attention by the prettiest of silhouettes. I love the baby pink coat on the second row, particularly for its sneaky Louboutin-esque red lining, giving a hint of seduction to the more delicate shade of the coat. Add a slicked back bun and you're in business.

As usual, Elie Saab did not disappoint. A slightly more pared down collection than his usual sparkling style, Saab took inspiration from his couture show in places, such as the dip-dyed style of the gown in the second row, as well as the dark florals in the third. Billowing chiffons, deep colours that scream A/W and just the right amount of adornment (though surprisingly little for Elie); the collection is sexy yet graceful, and one that I will be lusting after for many months to come.

Blair Waldorf where are you? Saint Laurent stole your closet! Super preppy and incredibly Upper East Side, Heidi Slimane's collection features a myriad of plaids, collars, bows and buttons, all alluding to our favourite GG girl, as well as all the preps before her. Looking less YSL and dare I say more Ralph Lauren, the brand have taken a new direction than we've seen before, taking inspiration from the New York yuppie or English rose school girl far more than their original French heritage. I for one am not complaining.

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