I have a feeling that Paris is going to quickly become my favorite city in the world (very soon!). It's where fashion was invented and perfected. Where the streets breathe couture. There is nothing more chic than a Parisian woman that has perfected the art of understated elegance. Therefore, there is no place more fitting for the biggest names in fashion to debut their Spring/Summer 2015 lines. And that they did. Names like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Givenchy all graced the runway at this year's Paris Fashion Week that, sadly, came to an end today. It was an extravagant affair with so many incredible designers. So without further adieu, these are my top five. Brace yourselves, this is a long one.
Christian Dior SS15
The looks in this collection are so simple and elegant. I love the way he incorporated the beautiful hints of pastel with a mostly black and white line. Then he threw in some pops of vibrant color in the last few looks. With this show, Raf Simmons has redefined what 'modern' means. From the cut of the garments, to the exaggerated silhouettes, to the menswear as women's wear trend that is taking over right now, Simmons got this collection spot on. It's brilliant. See the full collection here.
Jean Paul Gaultier
With his last RTW show ever, Jean Paul Gaultier is going out with a bang. The legendary designer is closing down the RTW side of his business to focus solely on haute couture. This collection, presented as a beauty pageant, explored every type of girl Gaultier has designed throughout his incredible career. It was witty and extremely clever and exactly what you would expect from this icon. See the full collection here.
The Celine woman takes charge and that's exactly what this collection did. It isn't as attention grabbing as some of Pheobe Philo's past collections for Celine, but it had a beautiful understated elegance. Any of these looks could have walked straight off the runway and onto the streets of Paris without being questioned. That's both good and bad in its own way. In either case, there is no denying that this collection perfectly encapsulates the Celine woman. See the full collection here.
Chloé is one of my favorite design houses ever (right behind Chanel, of course) and this collection definitely didn't disappoint. The soft colors Claire Waight Keller used are perfect choices for spring and I feel a little bit of a bohemian chic vibe from this collection. The use of crochet, mustard yellow, and those lace up sandals scream boho to me but she still managed to keep it chic and feminine. There are also pieces with menswear inspiration and even a few military inspired garments. She also followed the trend a lot of designers have been displaying for this season: denim. From full jumpsuits to single pieces, this trend is beginning a powerful reign. See the full collection here.
This collection puts a heavy emphasis on romance with all of its feminine designs executed in black leather and lace. Structured jackets and peep toe thigh high boots are the big players here and they scream elegance and romanticism. This collection is so darkly beautiful. If I had to describe this collection in one word it would probably be fierce. Or just full blown sexy. See the full collection here.
In Hedi Slimane's latest Saint Laurent collection, he has a way of bringing together patterns and fabrics, even whole garments, that shouldn't exist together and making them seem as if this is what they were meant for all along. Pieces in the collection range from fluttery floral dresses, elegant slip dresses, camo jackets, pinstripe blazers, shiny gold fabric, pant suits, and even cheap looking tights and somehow, he makes it all work. His collection ranges from hippy-esque dresses to sophisticated and sexy all black looks and somehow it all makes sense. He even had Cara Delevingne walking for him and that just made my heart sing. See the full collection here.
This show was absolutely spectacular. With new designer, Nicholas Ghesquiére, heading the iconic couture house no one really knew what to expect. However, as soon as the models hit the runway, the fashion world fell in love with the bold new direction Ghesquiére is taking Louis Vuitton. I don't even know what to say about these designs. I'll let them speak for themselves. See the full show here.
Kim Kardashian West - PFW Street Style
Say what you will about Kim K but there is no denying that she has an impeccable fashion sense. She's always so well put together and even has little baby North matching her. Over the span of four days and four fashion shows, Kim had ten different outfits. In terms of Paris Fashion Week street style, Kim Kardashian West was definitely a stand out. For details on all of Kim's outfits, click here.
Well, that's it for Paris Fashion Week! Now we have to wait until February for the chaos to start up again. It seems so far away. I hope you enjoyed these posts during Fashion Month!