Paris Fashion Week Autumn / Winter 2015 was grandiose and bold. There were a number of impressive venues, excessive décors and bold themes, featuring a massive heap of hand embroidered details and prints. Evident was the balance between savoir-faire and technology, from classic craftsmanship to forward thinking 3D and architectural designs.
Sarah Burton set the mood for Alexander McQueen at the Conciergerie, a former Parisian prison associated with the French revolution, unveiling a haunting and romantic collection. Raf Simons brought Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych of the Garden of Earthly Delights to life with ethereal white silk chiffon and florals- playing with the concept of forbidden fruit- in a scaffolded pointillist church, built amidst the Musée Rodin’s garden. Chanel exceeded all expectations with its luxurious casino at the Grand Palais – featuring Kristen Stewart, Vanessa Paradis and daughter Lily-Rose Depp, Geraldine Chaplin, Lara Stone, Alice Dellal and Julianne Moore in custom made Chanel outfits, testing their luck while models strutted around the card tables in breathe taking couture.
MIU MIU brought back the seventies with bold colors and snake print details. Saint Laurent unleashed ‘Pretty Boy’ serving pure punk glamour and Galliano’s sense of theatrical presentation (both in couture and RTW) merged beautifully with Martin Margiela’s essence of transformation and Junya Watanabe presented an outrageous architectural collection based on the geometric beauty of the dahlia. Rochas celebrated its 90th anniversary and highlighted its legacy in a reworked collection, with signature Marcel Rochas Heart-shaped, decorated necklines and cinched-waist silhouettes – playfully fused with textures and modern fabrics. Dries van Noten paid tribute to the style of fashion’s most influential icons, with a sophisticated collection that included exotic and sensual prints, enriched with embroidery and custom designed textiles, shaped in to masterful tailoring.
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