Hello lovely readers, there comes a point every summer when we start looking at our autumn and winter wardrobes and wondering what we need to update. Whether you love gorgeous knits and boots, relish the opportunity to layer or are just looking forward to the Christmas and New Year party season there will sure to be something you’ll love for this season with the help of the runways. Today I take a look at the recent Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris which showcased celebrities like Kendall Jenner strutting her stuff above and dramatic backgrounds to bring you highlights of some of the stand out collections.
Chanel went back to their power-suit roots with their latest collection and Karl Lagerfeld updated this well-loved look by using the latest manufacturing techniques. There were boxy jackets, tweeds, wools and straight knee length jackets with touches of tulle, sequins and stones. This classic designer suit look with touches of softness and flashes of sparkle is perfect for smart winter events.
At Atelier Versace gone were the ultra modern, straight and sporty designs of previous seasons and in came flowing, frilled gowns, unfinished details and flower-power embellishments. This collection is all about contrasts of plunging necklines and draped skirts, sheer fabrics and heavy accents and long gowns that still manage to reveal.
Dior were influenced by their past, big skirts and nipped in waists. Long, flowing coats and capes were all seen on the catwalk (note this for cold weather occasions!) and apparently simple long dresses were still super sexy. Designer Raf Simons wanted to contrast simplicity with luxury and it worked brilliantly.
Elie Saab called this collection ‘Shades of Gold’ and they were certainly more appealing than any number of grey tones you like! This was a super feminine collection – beautiful skirts, belted waists and playful details such as puffed sleeves and delicious capes (spot the winter cape trend!). Again, the colours and styles of these gowns will certainly be seen in formal collections with winter and I can’t think of anything better for a glamorous Christmas or New Year soiree.
There was so much to love in the Giambattista Valli collection from short dresses to flowing gowns. Traditional monochrome looks (always a winter favourite) sat alongside iridescent shades, floral prints and details graced the catwalk with bold geometric shapes and those fantastic tulle accents. I loved the jewel-encrusted necklines and hems – perfect for bringing a touch of luxury to an outfit for a special occasion and those huge tulle skirts are spot on.
Finally another collection that took inspiration from the past came from Schiaparelli and the classic cuts and silhouettes of the 30s and 40s were all over the runway here. Metres and metres of material created swinging skirts and the fabrics themselves couldn’t have been more luxurious. Again, those dramatic necklines combine with sheer sleeves and flowing skirts or with velvets and embroidered panels. Schiaparelli is certainly ready for any party!
Atelier Versace: Kim Weston Arnold/InDigital Images
Chanel: Yannis Vlamos/InDigital Images
Dior: Yannis Vlamos/InDigital Images
Elie Saab: Gianni Pucci/InDigital Images
Giambattista Valli: Yannis Vlamos/InDigital Images
Schiaparelli: Kim Weston Arnold/InDigital Images