Runway Rundown: Paris Fashion Week S/S ’15

It’s finally time to say au revoir after a month’s worth of fashion shows, Paris fashion week has come and gone and the non-stop rush of runways has wrapped for now. But like they say, always save the best for last — and Paris never disappoints. So while the champagne’s flowing in the city of light, we’ll celebrate by taking a look at the most chic and magnifique looks that walked down the Parisian runways.

Christian Dior

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Raf Simons has brought couture to the ready-to-wear runway (who says dreams don’t come true) — well this season’s couture inspirations at least. He continued his time hopping explorations, skipping back and forth between the 18th and 22nd centuries, all for a sort of 21st century mashup. Sleek tops, cigarette pants, and sculpted pieces with signature quilting were contrasted with Marie Antoinette skirts for the modern woman and even period-inspired boots. It was an intriguing look for the Dior woman, mixing whimsy with the house’s signature Parisian chic.

Givenchy

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This season Givenchy was inspired by a handful of things, but the most abundantly clear was an emphasis on provocative dressing, and when we say provocative we mean va-va-voom to the max. Though this wasn’t your average vampy look in the slightest, but the appeal was there: from the thigh-high skintight boots, the short skirts, the midriff-grazing necklines, and plenty of sheer accents. This was Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy at its best and purest. It takes a masterful hand to take this much sex appeal and not have look “too” sexy, all the while proving itself as one of the coolest runways to show this season.

Balenciaga

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Alexander Wang’s time in Paris has been getting to him, while he was designing this collection all of France was overcome with Tour de France frenzy, and apparently so was Wang. The show opened with a luxe take on bike shorts (who knew that was even possible), and models throughout the show sported biking glasses with bejeweled straps. But athletic influences ran through each piece, often coupled with some serious embellishment. Though even that got reinterpreted by Wang, showing up in geometric forms and tone-on-tone with the clothing.

Louis Vuitton

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The Louis Vuitton show this season took place in the brand new Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, it’s a futuristic masterpiece and the runway set today matched that vibe to a tee. The clothes, however, were instead focused on the woman of today. In his second season Nicholas Ghesquière continued working with the wardrobe he created his first time around, but now rounding it out. The clothes looked casual, from mini-dresses to knitwear and even worn-in velvet, but they were really things of pure luxury. From the (almost futuristic) technicality of knits Ghesquière weaved, to the glossy striped leathers, and the intricately sequined minis, he firmly asserted Vuitton’s reputation as a top luxury house. And then there were the bags… there were shoulder bags in croc, epi, and quilted leathers that all bore a brand new streamlined LV logo that we’re sure will be popping up everywhere (hopefully on our shoulders… pretty please).

Chanel

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Some may say that fashion and feminism are often at odds, but this season Karl Lagerfeld is not one of those people. In fact the Chanel show was almost equal parts fashion show as it was protest. Lagerfeld built a Boulevard Chanel inside Paris’ Grand Palais with classic Parisian buildings and all. The models walked out in groups, like they were with their friends on the street — that is, if their group of friends all wore coordinated Chanel head-to-toe (now that’s what I call friendship). Karl wanted to design for every woman, from the festival girl rocking a seventies vibe to the preppy parisian chic types, and he did. The almost 90 looks from the collection were as varied as can be. And once that last look walked the runway a parade of models emerged all holding signs with both pro-women and pro-Chanel messages from the likes of “He for She”, “Votez Coco”, and “Make Fashion Not War”. It was a surprising showing from the King of fashion, which made it all the more amazing. And plus, the only thing we love more than some amazing Chanel is some amazing Chanel with a positive message.

 

Parisian inspirations ranged from days past to days future but this season was really all about defining today’s woman, well at least who she is for each designer. From the mix-and-match whimsy at Dior to Givenchy’s slightly dark allure, or even Balenciaga’s sporty luxe, there was truly something for every fashion lover. But sadly (or maybe thankfully, depending on how exhausted you are after all those fashion shows), fashion month has finally come to a close. So while we have to say adieu to the runway for now, we can’t wait to see how fashion’s latest looks and coolest trends hit the streets — which we’ll of course tell you all about. But what did you think of Paris fashion week, and fashion month in all? Let us know your favorite things below!

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