This is the second chapter in my coverage of the illustrious Paris Fashion Week 2013. For Part One visit here. Please click on the images for a closer view.
Karl Lagerfeld presents a multi-faceted collection for Spring, his 'air'-based ideas translated by a myriad of nature-shades in tweed, organza, cotton waffle knits, leather and denim. The iconic Chanel coat is cropped and teamed with fitted and flair dresses and skin-tight trousers. Tops are cocoon-shaped with wide collars and voluminous sleeves. 3D floral appliqués were embroidered onto evening gowns, all accessorized by clusters of pearls.
Phoebe Philo brings a literal twist to her minimalistic design aesthetic with wrapped pieces of fabric in midnight blue, black, beige, white & grey. V-necks were netted in on long dresses with deconstructed hemlines. Slouchy satin pants & slip dresses softened the otherwise masculine shapes. Quirky fur-lined flat sandals & fuzzy stilettos were an instant hit.
Stella struck her fashion gold mine in tailoring luxe sports wear for the modern woman. For Spring 2013, she infuses orange, grass green & blue with black & white. The silhouettes were oversized and unconfined, a contrast of bold lines and sheer organza layering. Amongst the striking line-up were ovate-shapes, athletic tops, bomber jackets & printed anglaise dresses.
Ackermann breathes exotic life into a moody palette of colours in deep teal blue, black, grey and bronze. There was an Asian influence in the air with leather Obi belts and origami-like silhouettes. A sumptuous blend of chiffon, tweed and jacquard made up the layers of prim jackets, billowy mix-print blouses, high-waisted skinny-fit trousers and plush robe coats.
The lineup at Chloe was chic and cropped with midriff-baring swing tops, mid-length skirts and bermuda shorts. Relaxed jackets and pants were coloured in muted shades, with the slightest hint of floral print and stripes. Sheer layering, frilled tulle, daisy appliqués and a profusion of Pierrot ruffles pinned down this pretty collection.
Raf Simons wipes the slate clean at Dior with a refined glamour found in sharply-cut suits and jacket dresses in black, slate and navy blue. The palette took a brighter turn into orange, mint, yellow and varying shades of pink. Lustrous mini dresses were sensually draped in chiffon and tulle. The idea of 'freedom' was displayed through A-line shapes, capacious satin rose-print ballroom skirts and asymmetrical trails of fabric seamed onto minimalist tops.
The usually high-wired walls of Givenchy came down with a soft, more feminine fall, a lightness of shades & 'purity' as the subject matter. Ruffles & rivets were tacked onto baby blue & white dresses and asymmetrical tops. Jackets & sleeves were rounded with necklines kept high, attributing to a certain modesty associated with the nun-inspired ensembles.
A clarity of shapes, sleekness of lines and simple beauty prevailed at Giambattista Valli's Spring 2013 offering. Polished suits and flowy tunics were accompanied by trim-fitting pants. Chic shift dresses were missing a middle and fitted with a metallic hemline. Sheerness was seen on sexy pencil skirts in black, white and embroidered gold. Evening wear was demure with ruby red lace and organza, and studded beads.
Who are your favourite pick from Part Two of Paris Fashion Week?
Please stay tuned for the final post in the Spring 2013 fashion season.