As every fashion enthusiast knows, the month of September is filled with slew of fashion weeks held in New York, London, Milan and Paris. The last one, which runs until October 5, has been making headlines for its runway dresses, wacky make-up trends and celebrity “Marie Antoinette” runway looks.
Read more to find out what the prominent fashion houses have in store for their 2017 Spring collections and other highlights that are creating a fashion uproar (we will be updating this page, so stay tuned!).
The first day opened with Saint Laurent, the most-anticipated show since it marked the debut of new Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello. If there’s one phrase to best describe the collection it would be ultra-sexy, with models sent on the runway in breast-baring dresses set with rhinestones that sent the crowd wild.
Aside from that, the entire show showed off 1980s-style glamour paired with a heavy dose of leather, short skirts and blacks. The French fashion house’s show also attracted many of the industry’s most influential figures, such as Jane Birkin and her daughters Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, who were sat in the front row.
Another day marked another new creative director’s debut: Lanvin’s Bouchra Jarrar presented her show at Hôtel de Ville. The debut collection still boasted her tailoring signature, but it also presented something else, such as statement feathers, sheer gowns, and floral-print dresses seen among the 49 looks.
Designer John Galliano turned many heads with his collection for Maison Margiela. His sportswear-inspired pieces blended wacky ideas only known to the designer in which he showcased numerous unconventional clothing items from mackintosh jackets and wetsuits to sporty anoraks. Another attraction was the footwear featuring tabi boots and sneaker-like soles, disco make-up and crystal earrings.
Pop diva Rihanna presented her Spring 2017 Fenty x Puma collection by marrying streetwear with Marie Antoinette flair. Yes, the much-hyped fashion show delivered what the brand promises in pepto pink and army green colours, as well as wardrobe design (oversized jackets and hoodies) and props (puma-branded fans on the model’s hands).
Balmain welcomed guests into a disco jungle party, where designer Olivier Rousteing sent on his models with sexy “athleisure” outfits made up of chain-mail tunics, kimono-inspired dresses and snakeskin dresses dominated by orange and green colours. Supermodels such as Alessandra Ambrosio and Gigi Hadid strutted down the runway exuding a sense of comfort, strength and elegance synonymous to the fashion label.
French designer Isabel Marant has gone back to basics and opted for classics this season. This can be seen in her miniature corsets under mini-dresses, roomy outwear and floating floral skirts, as well as casual workwear like sharp white blouses, baggy shirtdresses, and nipped-waist boiler suits. Also, don’t forget look at the glamazon-inspired sandals: chic to the max.
Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut for Dior made a strong statement not just for fashion, but for women in general. The Italian fashion house’s new creative director presented her Spring 2017 RTW collection with young women in mind, incorporating streetwear and athleisure, made of fencing jackets, embroidered sweater, sheer skirts and our favourite: a T-shirt that reads “We Should All Be Feminists” paired with long, black tulle skirt.
Meanwhile, Elie Saab rocked the runway with his disco-inspired collection made up of multi-coloured mini dresses, gridded evening gowns and even silk gowns in rainbow stripes. The show also saw the designer’s muses on the runway, such as Gigi Hadid in a plunging glittering gown with chunky gold choker, Hailey Baldwin in a similar glittering mini dress and Karlie Kloss in, another, plunging sheer gown layered beneath navy cape.
Balenciaga’s Spring 2017 show featured a blend of couture and fetishism as seen in modern materials as presented by its creative director Demna Gvasali. The materials here are mixed of stretchy spandex, latex and pouf bags and crystal brooches, and not to mention rubberized leather. The unusual combination stretched out with broad-shouldered blazers attached to a skirt suit with plenty of neon colours. The result? There were plenty of takers.
British fashion designer Phoebe Philo again served up another round of womanly flair in her show for Céline held at the Tennis Club de Paris. The highlights included neon colours, funny mismatched shoes, flared pants and tailored jackets. Not just that, the Spring collection also showcased a variety of new bag styles like frame bag and huge tote bag.
Elsewhere, Riccardo Tisci staged his Spring 2017 for Givenchy in front of Paris’s Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle complete with balloon light and metallic runway. The collection featured unique design, opened with an array of gemstone-printed dresses and continued with dots and stripes dresses that come in secondary colours. Not to mention the footwear also catch our attention: pastel socks and lace up mules.
Dramatic landscape made of layered rugs became the venue for Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2017 collection, which is inspired by the wild and magical coastal landscapes of the Shetland Islands. The label’s creative director Sarah Burton focused on dreamy embroideries and intricate gowns as seen on the runway, while leather in forms of corset over dresses and bomber jackets still make its way this season.
Karl Lagerfeld delivered another sterling fashion show for Chanel. The designer made headline for transforming the Grand Palais into a data storage centre decorated with giant computer processors. For the Spring 2017 itself, the show debuted with two models (called Cocobots aka Chanel Robots) in classic tweed suits and robotic masks followed by short skirts and swingy jackets all came in bright, multi-coloured. The models also sported tilted baseball caps and side ponytails. If this is 80s nostalgia meets with futuristic vortex, we gladly approve.
Held at their latest under-construction store at Place Vendôme, designer Nicolas Ghesquière of Louis Vuitton brought back haute Parisian couture in this collection with bias-cut dresses, bold geographic elements and a variety of textures. He presented diverse range of workwear, such as blazers and jackets worn with skirts, and other designs that include metallic midi-dress and gold-trimmed black trousers. He also revisited the 80s with pointed-toe boots and broad shouldered silhouettes that still maintain its avant-garde sensibility. And who can forget the iPhone case converted from the brand’s Petit Malle trunk bag? Très chic.
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