Paris Haute Couture Week was in full swing last week with some fabulous Autumn/Winter 2014-15 collections showcased for all to see. Check out our favourite collections of the week.
Valentino offered a true goddess feel with a dreamy collection of draped dresses, easy separates, tunics, blazers and flowing maxi skirts. Decoration included leather sashes, an adornment of graphic Roman-like vine patterns with some embroidery and embellishment. Bold monochrome hues with gold and silver accents, earthy neutrals and limited pops of red and yellow successfully made up the colour palette. Lace, sheer textures, fur and woven finishes appropriately complemented the pieces and high-leg gladiator sandals completed all the looks perfectly.
Giorgio Armani Prive
Armani opted for a lady in red theme with seductive red hues dominating the collection. Amidst the dashing array of red we saw complementary greys, whites and blacks. Sculpted short and long smartly-tailored suits and cape-like jackets along with a gorgeous array of gowns, many of which comprised oversized netted tulle skirts with a couple of slinky variations thrown in for good measure, graciously adorned the catwalk. Texture played a big part with netted, sequin and polka dot embellishments a plenty and all creations were cleverly completed with sophisticated pointed ankle-strap shoes.
It was tweed a plenty at Chanel with quite a mix of styles, ranging from sporty-type cycling shorts glammed up with smartly-tailored suits and thigh-length jackets, to heavily embellished and embroidered dresses, tops and skirts. Pristine whites and greys played a big part with a mass of neutrals and bold pops of red and blue. Other textures thrown into the mix included brocade and feather detailing, with cute grosgrain-ribbon ankle-tied flip flops, neatly completing the looks.
Giambattista Valli hosted a delightful collection of pastel-hued and monochrome floral, striped and ombre ensembles. Asymmetric draped and voluminous feathered and tulle skirts adorned the catwalk complete with smart tailored shirts or floral embellished bodysuits. Florals and stripes were mixed and the whole collection was a busy mix of texture and pattern including Cruella De Vil esque fur and slinky mesh panelling. Appropriately co-ordinated pointed pumps completed these sublime looks.
An array of sculpted full-skirted evening dresses with cinched waists, cinched jumpsuits, maxi length coats layered over wide-leg trousers, cute futuristic panelled mini party dresses, embellished midi dresses, collarless and oversized collared jackets with bright or ombre pointed pumps and booties sporting unique inner curved heels were showcased at Christian Dior. Hues ranged from whites to neutrals to pastels to blacks with silk and plush furs and light embellishment creating a textural impact.
The Versace runway oozed seductiveness with daring thigh-high splits, buckle detailing, wet-look textures, asymmetric cutouts and metallic accents. Fur played a big part as did silk, mesh, sequins and fringing. On show were slinky dresses and skirts, skinny trousers (some one-legged worn beneath flowing open long-length gowns), jumpsuits, tailored and fur jackets and ultra tight bodysuits, paired with peep-toe buckled heels, calf or knee-high boots, in glorious deep plum, blue and black hues, brightened up slightly with the inclusion of whites and light greys.
Images via The Telegraph.