PARIS FASHION WEEK A’W: DAY 4

Day 4 at Paris Fashion Week left the audience spoilt for the choice with a range of aesthetics showcased on the runway.From a collection that was a story tale in motion (Chalayan) to the one where Couture met casual (Balenciaga), here’s a brief rundown of some of the collection showcased at PFW AW’2015-2016:


Chalayan: The designer showcased a collection which was a story tale in motion, inspired by the movie, “Murder On The Orient Express”. Drenched in a range of neutrals such as black, beige, dark grey, the designer kept the looks sober with focus paid more on the cuts and silhouettes. Wide pants, leather dungarees, sharply tailored coats and quirky floor-length gowns were some of the major looks showcased on the runway. The designer fused unexplored elements on ordinary outfits, breathing new life into them. The plunge-neck gold mesh dress with metallic strips paired with a pleated grey fabric was one such example to the same. A minimalist approach was incorporated in terms of accessories sparing a few experimental headpieces together. The looks were complemented by black leather boots and Mary Janes.

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Julien David: It was a modern collection with a traditional influence. The colour palette was sober with neutrals like beige, black, navy blue and a dash of bright shades like cobalt blue and yellow ochre. The collection began with a series of quilted notch lapel coats worn over cigarette pants. The colours soon transitioned to beige coats both single and double breasted with interesting appliqué work on the lapels. There was a particular fluidic element common throughout the collection. It was also seen in a cashmere zip-up dress worn over leggings and combat boots. There was also a brief military moment on the runway with a quilted double-breasted coat with similar appliqué work on it. Then came along bright tones of blue in fur cardigans, shearling collared coats and a stunning sheer structured dress with appliquéd patterns in bright red and blue. The looks were complemented by dark Bordeaux lips to add to a wintry touch.

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Isabel Marant: The French House of Fashion founded in 1994 showcased a collection that dived into the Eighties. An array of high-waists were shown from white denims, printed pants to trendy black cigarette pants. These were accessorized with belts both sleek and wide. Classic stripes in black and white made their appearance on the runway in a fitted blouse and a knee-length dress. The brand which is recognized for its boho style saw bands of bohemian print showcased in the beginning of the collection. Towards, the end, the mood shifted towards sheer tops and ultra-short dresses. Like other designers at Day 4, the designer followed a similar colour palette of neutrals with dashes of red. The looks were accessorized with leather boots with silver buttons.

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Andrew Gn: The collection saw a burst of spring in a range of warm wintry fabrics. There was a boho vibe to it with lots of tassels. It began with an outpour of ultra-cozy and chic ensembles in dark neutrals. A shearling lined zip-up dress with tassels and a cape at the rear made its first entrance on the runway. It moved towards floral embroidered jackets with a leather finish and more tassels! A swarm of woolen knits invaded the runway in oversized sweaters and tassel-tipped pencil skirts. Flowy gowns in pale gold, black and gilded gold accentuated the female body. Towards the end, the designer merged funky florals like short dresses and shearling lined coats with quirky color combinations to end the show with a bang! The looks were accessorized with fur-lined leather boots.

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Balenciaga: The label under the Creative Direction of Alexander Wang showcased a collection where Couture met the streets. The designer incorporated his elements to produce winter outfits that were cozy yet modern. Keen attention to detail in terms of embellishments were showcased on metallic ensembles. The structure and silhouette of some of the garments were complex and futuristic. There was an abundance of tulip-skirts on the runway in varying hemlines. There was a slight hint of classics as Windowpane checks in shades of black and white made it on the runway. The colour palette was industrial with silver, smoke-grey and black. The looks were accessorized with fur-lined pointed-toe shoes. This particular collection exuded power with a modern-luxe appeal.

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Photo Credits: Vogue UK

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