Said to be the style capital of the world, the spotlight shone on Paris as this week marked the beginning and end of Paris Fashion Week and signalling the end of fashion month. Paris fashion week can mean only one thing, the turn of the the fashion house heavweights to show their latest collections in the birthplace of haute couture. Fashion mega brands such as Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Valentino and Miu Miu showcased their spring/summer ’16 collections joined by new additions to the fashion fixture, such as head turning Australian brand, Ellery. We’ve done our roundup of our favourite shows this week, showcasing the latest trends for spring/summer 2016.
Setting fashion heights sky high this season, Karl Largerfeld returned to Grand Palais in Paris for the Chanel Spring Summer 2016 show. Located in gate number 5, guests were ready for take off with Chanel Airlines in the aviation inspired show. Never has the term fashion runway been taken so literally, Largerfeld transformed the space into an airport terminal complete with baggage check; an arrivals and departures board, baggage carts carrying the iconic double C logo and celebrity filled concourse seats. Rolling suitcases and carryalls accompanied the models as they walked showcasing Chanel’s signature tweed looks where traditional tailoring was juxtaposed with bold colourways and baseball caps.
Following four seasons of showing off season in Paris, Australian designer Kym Ellery secured a spot on the official schedule for her eponymous clothing line, Ellery. In a specially created A3 ‘artbook’ handed to the press, Ellery expressed her thanks amongst her aim for the label stating, “in a time when the many voices of feminism are being heard, our goal remains the same – to create garments for women of intelligence and empower them”. The collection did not disappoint, combining versatile separates with volume and a neutral colour palette featuring metallic hues and edgy eyelet details. Hanging fabric hands controlled the voluptuous garments and ruffle details drawing them in or letting them flow emphasising Ellery’s celebration of choice.
Miuccia Prada’s print heavy collection was a fashion throwback taking inspiration from across decades focusing on the 50’s and 70’s in the vintage inspired Miu Miu show. Continuing with this seasons strong layering trend, Miu Miu was a masterclass in how to create the perfect look. Housed in a futuristic shiny metallic set, the catwalk saw Miu Miu teaming masculine duster coats with sport inspired tipped polo shirts and playful prints for the ultimate style mash up. Fur stoles were effortlessly draped across looks as Miu Miu styled up nighterwear as the perfect outwerwear option styling elegant sheer slips over gingham shirts and plaid trousers described as ‘twisted chic’ by Alexander Fury, Fashion Editor of The Independent.
Outside of the decade transforming catwalk shows we turned our heads to the streets to document this seasons best outfits. With a swarm of fashion insiders descending upon the already stylish capital, the stakes were high as Paris created the perfect backdrop to this seasons hottest trends. We’ve shared our favourite street style looks captured this season in Paris.