Paris Fashion Week in September each year is one of our most favourite of the buying calendar. The peacocks are out in full show and we are always guaranteed to see the best fashion literally hot off the runway. Our favourite labels offered up fabulously fresh fashion with their southern hemisphere fillies in mind.
The two most important changes on our fashion radar this season were Anthony Vaccarello’s debut at Saint Laurent and the solo performance of the once iconic dynamic duo at Valentino. The jury was by far and away in and we adored both collections! A hearty resounding YES from us and fashion royalty. These two iconic fashion houses are still on the up and up after enormous shift and change over the last few months.
Anthony Vaccarello showed a real respect for Hedi’s transformation of the YSL brand over the last few years. Black remained the key palette for the season here, but the injection of femininity freshened the look. Some insanely gorgeous cocktail dresses really lifted the show and the denim leather combinations gave a youthfulness to the collection. We can’t wait to see this young one develop. A future Olivier Rousteing in the making perhaps?
Pierpaolo Piccioli performed well in his debut solo collection after Maria Grazia Chiuri made a swift exit to Dior this past European summer. An avid researcher, a fan of the Renaissance, an expert in all forms of couture techniques, and even more importantly, he is curious and open to the world beyond the Valentino headquarters in Rome.
What ensued on the runway was a successful transition into his now solo position as creative director. Historically Piccioli has always favoured collaborations for the always-anticipated seasonal prints. This season did not disappoint as the House of Valentino brought in heavyweight and 80s design icon Zandra Rhodes. This worked perfectly back with the soft silhouettes of crepe de chine and chiffon.
Claire Waight Keller, a now true icon of the French fashion stage is creating a truly beautiful legacy at Chloé. One that we hope will continue on for many more seasons to come. While the classic Chloé silhouette can be voluminous and floaty, we were excited to see the introduction to gorgeous figure forming pieces. A light foray into a nautical look, yet paired right back keeping the colour palette clean. Buttons and ties and beautifully detailed blouses mean we are planning our European summer jaunt just to wear these beautiful pieces next year.
Stella’s Californian-cool theme this season as well as a choregraphed, joyous finale injected a much needed lighthearted approach to fashion. What ensued was a lovely fresh collection with an always-anticipated wearable spin that only Stella McCartney can do. Our pick for the season was the blue cotton story, fresh, wearable and just a slight twist. Stella we love you!