The Balmain Army rallies together once again to conquer Paris Fashion Week, descending on the very opulent Garnier’s Opera House. The inspiration for the show and the collection derived from Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing’s visit to the parisian ballet when he was younger! Rousteing says it’s a dream come true to design for the ballet and showcase his collection in such a historic, iconic location.
The collection itself is probably Balmain’s most fashion-forward yet, featuring a handful of see-through, clear PVC skirts, coats and booties. The designer has managed to make the looks simultaneously dressy and effortless, with power suits and form-fitting dresses adorned with sequins and fringy details. While this is a fresh new fashion-forward look for the fashion house, the collection does stay true to it’s signature ‘Balmain’ style. As always, the Balmain Army featured a heavenly host of supermodels. To walk for Balmain is a top privilege for any model so the only the best of the best walked down the runway. Below are some of the looks worn by the industry’s top models, Including a few comebacks from models Karolina Kurkova and Magdalena Frackowiak who have been absent from fashion weeks for quite some time.
Once again, Karl Lagerfeld shows off his boundless imagination, transporting us to into a different universe for the reveal of his latest collection. Paris to be exact, quite literally.
Karl’s collection showcased the skills of the Chanel ateliers and the amazing craftspeople behind these incredible collections. The feather-makers, the embroiderers, the boot makers, the pleaters. All whose work brings Karl’s imagination and expressionist sketches to life.
Thick tweeds and a mostly dark palette; controlled compositions of feathers adorning sleeves and hems. Every look was topped off with a boater hat. Karl Lagerfeld is bringing the early 20th century hat back. The accessory was presented in a variety of tweeds, satin and leather.
Every model’s look featured an over-the-top rainbow eyeshadow, a bright and welcome contrast to the dark-hued collection. Which tied in nicely with the darker bold colour of the garments.
At the end of the show, Karl Lagerfeld received the highest honour of Paris.The city’s mayor Anne Hidalgo presented the designer with a Grand Vermeil medal, the highest distinction the city offers, for his work in the French capital.
Here’s a look at the 2018 Louis Vuitton Cruise Collection, displayed in Kyoto, Japan!
Cruise fashion has always been about status. Conceived to service a luxury customer for whom every holiday demanded a flamboyant new wardrobe, the cruise concept has become an elite catwalk showdown between the world’s premier fashion houses.
The Louis Vuitton designer Nicolas Ghesquiere has staged each of his cruise shows at a ‘WOW’ architectural landmark. This time, the show was held at the entrance to the Miho Museum, where a metal tunnel emerges from a Japanese mountainside and runs across a suspension bridge.
Models paraded down the catwalk strung between mountains in sleek tailoring, graphic prints, short hemlines and dramatic makeup. And of course, Japanese elements were fused into the collection, from embroidered dragons to kimono-style belts. Overall, the collection featured plenty of strong angles, layered prints and fabrics and covetable accessories.
Max Mara is an Italian fashion house. It markets up-market ready-to-wear clothing. Max Mara is known for elegant outerwear and fur. Warm winter coats were the heart and soul of this collection, with many of the models draped in them. A trend persistent throughout the collection was the knit trim on the coats making some of the models almost look like teddy bears walking down the runway. This show hit the mark when it came to accessories, with mittens to go with each look that showcased a coat, as well as knit trimmed tote bags.
What I admire about Max Mara, is that they stick to what they do best, which is extravagant outerwear and luxurious furs, allowing them to produce a solid collection season after season. Supermodel Natasha Poly opened the show, followed by a bevy of supers and baby supers, including 19 year old hijab-wearing model Halima Aden, a first for the fashion house. Below are some of the looks to show the different colour themes throughout the collection, as well as the full show!