Paris Fashion Week Septembre 2013: Trends to watch – Part 2: Rich Hues (30 Oct 2013)

Let’s talk colors at the Summer 2014 Ready-To-Wear Runways during the Paris Fashion Week (PFW)!

This is no secret: I LOVE colors.  The brighter, the better.  In Paris, I was most enchanted by Elie Saab’s summer 2014 line.  The richness of his colors, the simple lines, the subtle lace…His outfits conveyed simplicity, elegance and femininity.  To me, the Eli Saab woman is a lady who is comfortable with her body, very feminine, yet she does not feel the need to overly expose herself.  It is a quiet elegance and strong  womanliness.  The clothes accentuate the curves without being unnecessarily tight or short.

e-saab-001_PFW_SS2014

These are traits I feel are quickly disappearing in our contemporary fashion.  We are encouraged to ‘expose all’ to everybody in order to feel attractive and confident.  Just to clarify, am not referring to one’s outfits during intimate encounters with one’s mate as those are hopefully private and rightfully so.

At Elie Saab, the colors were vibrant peach, rich emerald green, black, deep berry red and metallic white.  Take a look at his runway video.

At Chloe, it was white, royal blue and a camouflage fest, you know…the green which is common to military outfits and safari pictures of tourists in Africa (no, Africa is NOT a country, nor is it only about deserts and forests and lions….but I digress).  A video on the idea behind the collection.

Overall, the colors in Paris were a mix of bright corals, red, rich green and blue pastels, white with golden accents, shiny black (who can forget the LV show) and deep gold.  Also, some lavender and Kiwi green at Versace and Miu-Miu (a video), silver accents at Christian Dior with the occasional pink and orange.

Sissi’s Notes:

  • It is OK to wear the same color hue all over
  • Pairing neutrals/light/soft pastels with a pop of color, a la Miu-Miu
  • Black shoes with tan skirt and royal blue top actually can pass (hmmm Hermes)
  • Different textures for an all black outfit
  • Black and white – always in style

My Favorite looks below (yes, lots of Elie but I cannot get over it yet… ;).  Unless noted, all pictures credits to Grazia.fr.

Le-defile-Elie-Saab-printemps-ete-2014_berryRed_fav1 Le-defile-Elie-Saab-printemps-ete-2014_berryRed_fav2 Le-defile-Elie-Saab-printemps-ete-2014_black_fav1 Le-defile-Elie-Saab-printemps-ete-2014_blackFav2 Le-defile-Elie-Saab-printemps-ete-2014_blackFav3 Le-defile-Elie-Saab-printemps-ete-2014_emeraldGreen_fav1 Le-defile-Elie-Saab-printemps-ete-2014_emeraldGreen_fav2 Le-defile-Elie-Saab-printemps-ete-2014_peach_Fav2 Le-defile-Elie-Saab-printemps-ete-2014_whiteDress_fav Le-defile-Hermes-Printemps-ete-2014_exact780x1040_p (1) Le-defile-Hermes-Printemps-ete-2014_exact780x1040_p

Paris Fashion Week Septembre 2013: Trends to watch – Part I: Lace and See-Through (15 Oct 2013)

The city of lights once again hosted its Fashion Week last September, for Spring Summer 2014 ready-to-wear lines.

There were many interesting designs (really, what was that, LVFH) and lots of nostalgia, if attached to the brand (Marc Jacobs leaving Louis Vuitton, after 16 years as creative director and head designer, to focus on his own brand).

As I looked through thousands of pictures and videos online, ten main trends caught my eyes:

  1. Sheer and lace
  2. Rich hues
  3. Classic (conventional) lines
  4. African/middle eastern/Azteq accents
  5. Fresh-faced makeup
  6. Pretty shoulders out
  7. Flutted skirts
  8. Minimalist accessories and hair
  9. Baroque extravagance
  10. Black

In this first post, I will focus on trend (1).  My subsequent posts will expand on the remaining trends.

Sheer and Lace:

I am particularly fond of sheer/lace materials.  When properly used, they convey seduction without being vulgar or tacky.  We have seen an eruption of lace wedding dresses (all credits to Kate Middleton?)  However, the trend did not seem to hold enough steam for non bridal wear.  Well, the runways at the PFW certainly offered a variety of see through details for dresses, tops and even skirts; from lace to fishnet to extra-sheer silk.

Notes by Sissi:

  • Reminder to wear a see-through top beneath a jacket
  • Simple lace top with fitted pants or skirts
  • Subtle lace for dresses
  • New designer to note: Isabel Marant
  • Favorite delivery on the trend: Eli Saab!

Some of my favorites looks below (all pictures credits to wwd.com):

Lanvin:

lanvin-035_PFW_SS2014lanvin-032_PFW_SS2014

Stella McCartney:

 stella-m-cartney-037_PFW_SS2014 stella-m-cartney-035_PFW_SS2014

Valentino:

valentino-014_PFW_SS2014  valentino-020_PFW_SS2014

  Chloe:

chloe-014_PFW_SS2014  chloe-030_PFW_SS2014

Eli Saab:

e-saab-001_PFW_SS2014 e-saab-058_PFW_SS2014 e-saab-012_PFW_SS2014e-saab-006_PFW_SS2014 e-saab-004_PFW_SS2014

Isabel Marant:

i-marant10_PFW_SS14 i-marant05_PFW_SS14

And a Sissi Voted NO-NO: Louis Vuitton

101080194-LV-final_PFW_SS2014