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Louis Vuitton, Moncler Gamme Rouge and Allude presented some of the most remarkable shows early on Wednesday, the last day of fashion week in the French capital. In what was without a doubt the most anticipated show of Paris fashion week, Nicolas Ghesquière lived up to the high expectations with his first collection for Louis Vuitton.
Fashion week continued into the evening in Paris on Wednesday, March 4, with Valentino, Iris van Herpen and Alexander McQueen. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli emphasized lightweight and fluid fabrics in this collection. Geometric patterns, butterflies, flowers, fringes and ruffles accentuated this airy, light tone, as did sheer fabrics and long, ethereal gowns. Presented in collaboration with the artist Lawrence Malstaf, the latest Iris van Herpen collection was also highly feminine, featuring pieces that appeared to have been sculpted on the models' bodies.
Most designers try to make consumers dream at their fashion shows, but Karl Lagerfeld sought to bring them back into real life by presenting his latest collection in a spoof Chanel supermarket. "For me the supermarket is the pop art of today," Lagerfeld said on Tuesday after the show, admitting he rarely went to supermarkets himself. Pushing brightly colored trolleys and pretending to exchange gossip, models picked up products with tongue-in-cheek labels such as Coco beer bottles, Chateau Gabrielle white wine and Chanel crémeuh - or creamoo - milk. Others carried metallic baskets adorned with Chanel's iconic handbag chains.
Princess Sirivannavari of Thailand browsed breakfast cereals in a tiara: Keira Knightley lingered by the cheese counter; Karl Lagerfeld took VIPs shopping on Tuesday at the "Chanel Supermarket" complete with fully-stocked aisles, check-outs, trolleys, special offers and discount posters. Always widely anticipated as one of "the events" of Paris fashion, Lagerfeld transformed the city's vast Grand Palais into a life-sized supermarket. Melanie Griffith, Vanessa Paradis and Mario Testino bolstered the front row while star models Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, sister of Kim Kardashian, were on the catwalk.
Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane sent out a string of short, shimmery looks at Paris fashion week on Monday, hours after Ellen DeGeneres wore three of the designer's tuxedos to present the Oscars. Lots of tiny sequinned skirts and dresses were teamed with knee-high boots and heavy kohl-lined eyes in the designer's fourth ready-to-wear collection for the illustrious fashion house. Famed for his skinny tailoring, Slimane has been the talk of the fashion world since being appointed in 2012 and proceeding to produce a series of very un-Yves Saint Laurent collections, described as celebrations of the "rich rock chick" by industry bible Women's Wear Daily. Monday's collection lacked the grunge of a year ago, but for now at least Slimane seems to be sticking to his rock chick aesthetic.
By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - Designers at Paris fashion week mixed spectacle and showbiz to swing the fashion spotlight away from Hollywood's Oscars, with enough zippers, fringing and space-age chic to keep the photographers busy. Under the ornate ceiling of the Opera Garnier on Monday, British designer Stella McCartney presented sinewy zippers embroidered into parkas and sweaters in a collection with a 1970s vibe.
Kenzo, Andrew GN, John Galliano and Maison Rabih Kayrouz presented their collections on Sunday, concluding a fashion-filled weekend in the French capital. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim stayed true to the design house's style DNA, presenting a collection full of contrasting volumes, graphic prints and colors. Geometric tailoring, geometric prints, asymmetry and plenty of sheer effects were the defining characteristics of the designer's Fall-Winter 2014-2015 collection. The Lebanese designer took the audience on a trip to the hammam with this collection, which included a number of burnouses, the traditional hooded cloaks worn in Northern Africa.
Here's how to get some of the hottest hair and makeup looks from Milan at home. Why not ape the vintage victory rolls created by Eugene Souleiman at the Antonio Marras show? Blogger Cherry Dollface starts with blow-dried curled hair, parts the hair to the side and teases it with a comb. Blogger Nikita Timmins shows you how to get the massive eyelashes look with an overapplication of some trusty mascara.
By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - Rainy skies did not deter the fashionistas from gathering this week in Paris - with singer Rihanna this season's front-row "It" girl - as the Fall/Winter ready-to-wear collections promised cold weather looks to warm the iciest of hearts. As winter refused to say goodbye in the City of Light, Dior head designer Raf Simons resuscitated his "flower woman" on Friday, this time sheathing her in doubled-breasted power suits with white laces up the sides. Still, the audacious fabric and colour combinations, such as emerald green and fuchsia, kept fans of the house of Dior buzzing, and Rihanna, who sipped champagne from the front row at Lanvin the night before, slipped backstage to schmooze with Simons. Designer ready-to-wear, or pret-a-porter in French, is an 85-billion-euro ($116 billion) global business, according to Euromonitor, and the fashion week that runs from Tuesday through to March 3 is a major advertising weapon for brands.
The fourth day of fashion week in the French capital opened with a number of impressive runway shows, giving Parisian fashionistas more insights into the trends for the Fall-Winter 2014-2015 season. We take a look at some of the most remarkable collections seen on day four so far, from Roland Mouret, Chalayan and Issey Miyake. Modern and feminine, this line included pencil skirts and dresses as well as tailored jackets. With his highly conceptual vision of fashion, the designer once again won the approval of the style world.
The ready-to-wear shows kicked off in the French capital Tuesday, February 25, giving Parisian fashionistas a first taste of the trends for the Fall-Winter 2014-2015 season. We take a look at some of the highlights from the first day, including the shows of Corrie Nielsen, Christine Phung, Tex Saverio and Pascal Millet.
Giorgio Armani closed Milan Fashion Week on Monday, as historic label Krizia said it was being bought by a Chinese firm and luxury giant LVMH announced a deal with a young Italian designer in key signs of change for the industry. Dressed entirely in black, Italy's 79-year-old fashion king bowed and applauded at the end of his catwalk show, which featured a sober colour palette with lime green linings and trimmings. As celebrity parties and behind-the-scenes transactions wound down in Italy's economic capital, two deals were the talk of the town. Krizia, one of Italy's first ready-to-wear brands, said it was being bought by Chinese retailer Shenzhen Marisfrolg Fashion Co, whose owner Zhu ChongYun will be the new chairman and creative director of the Milan-based label.
After New York, London and Milan, the fashion world is heading to Paris, where the Fall-Winter 2014-2015 ready-to-wear collections will be presented from February 25 to March 5. Here is a round-up of the designers and runway shows everyone will be talking about during fashion week in the French capital. Naturally, celebrities and other fashion icons will be paying plenty of attention to the most renowned designers and couture houses this week. The resulting ready-to-wear collection will be presented exceptionally during Paris fashion week, on March 3.
Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and Missoni unveiled their Fall-Winter 2014-2015 collections during the weekend in the Italian fashion capital. Designed by Yvan Mispelaere, this new collection turns the spotlight on tweed suits and on dresses adorned with beadwork, embroidery, feathers and fringes. Volume was the word for this collection, which played upon different shapes and cuts. In contrast with many of the season's collections, the Jil Sander line included several pieces in pale shades and luxurious yet light materials such as cashmere.
Fairies in flowing dresses, little red riding hoods in fur and female knights in bejewelled chainmail took over the catwalk at Dolce and Gabbana's fairy-tale show at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday. Stefano Dolce and Domenico Gabbana once again drew on Dolce's Sicilian roots for a varied collection rich in Baroque patterns, embroidery and even the crossed keys that symbolise the papacy. Like then, we are in a landmark era," the design duo said in a statement during men's fashion week last month in which they also featured Norman knights. The abundance of furs and the use of reds in the collection, which was attended by model Eva Herzigova and actress Monica Bellucci, also confirmed these as key trends this season in Italy's fashion hub.
By Isla Binnie MILAN (Reuters) - Hooded models walked in an enchanted forest and fox-fur mixed with lambskin on Milan's catwalks on Sunday as the city's women's fashion week drew to an end in a positive mood. A frosty oak tree rose from beneath the stage in a flurry of snow at Dolce and Gabbana before models glided out in clothes stitched with squirrels, foxes and childlike flowers. Salvatore Ferragamo showed a textured collection of furry coats, metallic dresses and leopard-print skirt suits for autumn and winter, in a startlingly bright white room. As Italy installs a new government and struggles to emerge from recession, the national chamber of fashion (CNMI) is strongly promoting a sector it forecasts will earn 62.5 billion euros ($85.63 million) in revenue in 2014.
MILAN (AP) — Hilary Swank, Eva Herzigova and Monica Bellucci gave Milan Fashion Week a burst of star power on Sunday, the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week that featured preview collections for next fall and winter by Dolce&Gabbana, Missoni, Marni and Ferragamo. And one young designer found his pot of gold.
Fairies in flowing dresses, little red riding hoods in fur and female knights in bejewelled chainmail took over the catwalk at Dolce&Gabbana's fairy-tale show at Milan Fashion Week on Sunday. Stefano Dolce and Domenico Gabbana once again drew on Dolce's Sicilian roots for a varied collection rich in Baroque patterns, embroidery and even the crossed keys that symbolise the papacy. Like then, we are in a landmark era," the design duo said in a statement during men's fashion week last month in which they also featured Norman knights. The abundance of furs and the use of reds in the collection, which was attended by model Eva Herzigova and actress Monica Bellucci, also confirmed these as key trends this season in Italy's fashion hub.