PARIS FASHION WEEK A’W: DAY 5
Day 5 at Paris Fashion Week saw designers play around with unusual elements on the runway through interesting collections. From Elie Saab’s dark paradise, Commes des Garcon’s highly experimental showcase to Mugler’s space odyssey, here’s a brief rundown of some of the collections shown at PFW AW’2015-2016:
Haider Ackerman: The collection showcased by the designer displayed modern elegance by playing around form and texture. The color palette consisted of classic neutrals like black and white with dashes of blue and red. It saw traditional fabrics like tweed in checkered shades on the runway. It showed an array of sharply tailored coats that were belted at the waist and worn over matching skinny pants. Some of the looks were also accessorized with polka-dot silk scarves. Leather in the form of jackets, skin-tight pants and asymmetric skirts added a modern edge to the collection. Animal prints of leopard were shown in structured tops and jackets. The overall look was accessorized with leather boots both knee and ankle-length.
Mugler: The label under the Creative Direction of David Koma drifted one into a space odyssey of some sort. There were touches of futuristic elements that made the collection all the more exciting. As the theme suggested, the designer incorporated shades of white, black, blues including teal and cobalt. Equal focus was not only paid on the little details but also on the angular silhouettes as well. From high-gloss body hugging dresses to starry ankle-length wonders, there was lustrous element on the runway. There was also a point in the collection where the designer incorporated simple but solid colors like black and white to pay focus on the silhouette. Metallic details shown on impeccable white skirts and dresses gave an understated appeal all together. Pointed-toe leather boots perfectly completed all of Koma’s elegant looks.
Elie Saab: The designer known to entrance women with his fairytale collections set foot to darker fantasies. The color palette was darker than usual with olive green, black, teal, crimson red and smoke grey making their appearance in solid shades on the runway. Military inspirations were seen in double-breasted coats, olive green outfits like jumpsuits, separates with accessories like leather boots and gloves. Signature elements of the designer soon appeared on the runway with floral appliqué work and prints on sheer-chiffon gowns. There was flamboyance on the runway when exotic fur and leather pieces covered selected models from head to toe. Then came of rich series of dresses and gowns elegantly embellished with floral designs in shades of teal, olive green, maroon and black to mesmerize the crowd. Meanwhile, smokey-eyes and naturally kept hair made the looks appear as elegant could be.
Commes des Garcons: The collection showcased by this fashion label was rather highly experimental, bold yet expressive. Ribbons and lace played an important role in this particular collection. There was a lot of intertwining and over-layering of fabrics. It began with a white oversized bulbous outfit that had ribbons all around it. The face was masked in black lace that seemed to have invisibly merged with her hair. The color palette displayed in this avant-garde collection was in classic neutrals of black, white and cream. The silhouettes were complex as the exaggerated curves concealed the natural body form. The looks were dramatic as anti-fit ensembles were worn over skin-tight leggings.
Nina Rici: The collection under the Creative Direction of Guillaume Henry showcased women that were graceful yet powerful all at the same time. The color palette adopted by this designer was sober with sparks of metallic red, midnight blue and silver. The designer took on traditional winter wear and incorporated his own layer of cool. There was an element of boho-quirk as tassels made their way into a notched knee-length coat, a top and a brown dress. A sheer lace further heightened femininity. Opulent fur and chunky knits in varying wintry shades cozied up the runway. Heavily embellished dresses glamorized the collection. The overall looks were complemented with pointed-toe shoes.
Photo Credits: Vogue UK