Day 8 at Paris Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter’ 2015-2016 saw designers showcase their unique interpretations for the season. From Alexander McQueen’s vision of beauty before decayal to Valentin Yudakshin’s glamourous outlook, here’s a brief rundown of some of the looks showcased on Day 8 at PFW’2015-2016:

AGNÈS B.: The collection showcased by the designer was subtle, utilitarian yet chic! Models donned ensembles that were drenched in the shades of sober neutrals along with dashes of red, tangerine, bright yellow and blue. The silhouettes showcased by the designer were relaxed while the outfits seemed comfy. Prints in various styles stood out in the collection. Gingham checks featured on belted tops, single-breasted jackets, sharply tailored suits, matching separates and knee-length coats. A tartan check coat with a notched lapel also made a brief appearance on the runway. Photographic visuals of nature in cap-sleeved regular-fit dresses were showcased. Abstract prints in bright shades paired with jet-black outfits made the colours stand out. The looks were accessorized with various styles of hats along with boots made of suede and leather.


VALENTIN YUDASHKIN: The looks showcased by the designer were sultry and modern. The collection oozed glamour as models dressed in rich and opulent garments ranging from red carpet gowns to metallic coats. The highly lustrous range with rich colours gave a feel of the Seventies’ but the grandness of details reminded us of the Baroque era. The colour palette consisted of metallic tones of space blue, red, gilded gold and electric-green along with sober shades of wine, black, forest green, black and shades of grey. The collection began with traditional outerwear items in dark shades like the wine double-breasted jacket, a tailored jackets with floral applique-work and a leather coat-dress worn over stockings to name a few. Soft velvet featured in V-neck tops, a cap-sleeved hooded dress and an off-shoulder dress. The gilded-gold embellished dress with baroque applique details, flared high-waist metallic pants and the lace dress with gold sequins gradually drifted the mood towards grandeur. Metallic parka jackets with matching shearling hoods definitely added the element of modern glamour on the runway. The collection ended with heavily embellished floor-length gowns with Baroque details that ended the glitzy affair with a bang!


JUNKO SHIMADA: The show setup a completely different visual set-up all together! The collection was rather devoid of models donning Shimada’s ensembles and instead were hung on mannequins from a ceiling rail. The Autumn/Winter’2015 collection was inspired by the Irish coast and the rugged appeal of the fishermen at sea. The colour palette incorporated neutrals like shades of blue, black, white, cream and grey. A range of garments like chunky cable-knit sweaters, double-breasted coats, pleated skirts and regular-fit trousers went perfectly in tune with the theme. Suspenders were used to accessorize regular-fit pants and skirts. Little details like the brass-colored buttons on the double-breasted navy coats made the outfits stand out.


SHIATZY CHEN: The collection showcased by the designer was flamboyant and girly. It began with a series of garments in tones of black and pink which featured on outfits like fur-lined coats, a lace and leather outfit with floral details and the tailored coat with a mandarin-collar worn over leather pants. Metallic tones of pink soon made an elegant yet edgy statement on the runway as silk coats, a crop-jacket with fur details and a pleated A-line dress soon emerged. There was a burst of dull-orange as seen on knee-length dresses, matching separates and on A-line skirts. Soon there was a swirl of beautiful bright colours with floral-print splattered all over the matching crop-jacket and A-line skirt combination, the fur lined coat-dress and fur sleeved dress. The designer then brought about highly modern yet feminine looks women dressed in black and shearling to accompany the garments. The collection ended with a winter wonderland in white as models donned heavily fur-lined outfits including some selective embellished pieces seen on structured coats, knee-length dresses, short dresses and A-line skirts.


ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: Sarah Burton captured the beauty of life moments away from decay on the runway. THAT moment when a rose is on the verge of decay, when the petals turn floppy, soft and crinkled, is, says Sarah Burton a beautiful thing. The dark-themed collection was showcased in a limited range of colours such as black, red, Bordeaux, white and cream. The ambience created by the looks of powdered models with distinct hairstyles seemed to have belonged to the 18th Century Victorian era. McQueen always had historic reflections when it came to fashion and this was one of those collections. Feminine and romantic florals were seen on outfits like the floor length sheer gown with feathered collars and the bold black sheer dress with prints of roses. Burton created magnificent textural forms as presented in the rouge and light pink skirts with layered petals of organza. The looks literally resembled roses on the runway. Dark edgy pieces were showcased in black and Bordeaux leather that had a certain gothic appeal. Overall, the collection was dark but without the exaggerated and aggressive appeal of Alexander McQueen, something that has quite become the signature of Sarah Burton. It was a dark romantic collection.


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