Paris Fashion Week showcased the most anticipated collections amongst the industry with the finale of the spring/summer 14 seasons catwalks. The week was eventful with the rumours of Marc Jacobs leaving Louis Vuitton confirmed after nearly two decades designing for the French fashion house, his final collection beautifully paying homage to the ‘showgirl in all of us’ and the women who inspire him. Strong women was a huge inspiration across the Paris catwalks with collections embracing femininity. Minimalism was forgotten with statement prints and luxurious textures taking it’s place, florals, glitter and pleats all a popular choice. Here are some of our favourite looks from the past weeks catwalks.
The spring/summer 14 collection from designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen embraced strong women by portraying them in an almost warrior state. The models wore gold and silver helmets with leather strap tops, styled with micro pleating, lazer cutting, horse hair and feathered skirts. All carefully considered for an ultra feminine silhouette by exposing the waist, belts and bold colours drawing the eyes attention. Checked and striped patterns giving the collection its renowned statement aesthetic, with a colour palette mostly consisting of contrasting black and red with grey, blue and white elements.
Isabel Marant focused on all things feminine with this girly collection, pastel pinks and blues in laces, ruffles and florals throughout dresses and shorts. The appearance referenced rock ‘n’ roll with androgynous leathers in black with lacing and studded shoes, giving the collection her signature sexy image. The music the models walked to perfectly reflected the combination of the two influences, Kate Bush ‘Wuthering Heights’ representing the strong femininity and a cover of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ by Tom Jones complimenting the rock androgynous aesthetic.
Vivienne Westwood’s spring/summer 14 collection depicted historical women with particular reference to the middle ages. The collection had a romanticised fairy-tale feel featuring gathered ballgowns, layers of netting and little red riding hood capes. Models were dressed almost bride like with floral crowns and veils with mud splats to their faces, one model carrying a bow and arrow whilst another carried a sheep staff. The collection undoubtedly embraced strong and feminine women, with elegant florals contrasting with powerful shoulder padded jackets from the eighties.