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THE TOP TEN SHOWS OF PARIS FASHION WEEK FW17

From February 27th through March 7th, fashion’s elite flocked to the city of lights to see the biggest names roll out their FW’17 collections at Paris Fashion Week. At recent fashion weeks in New York, London and Milan, designers put politics on the runway but in France, the main focus was on fashion, fashion, and…

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FASHION GETS FLYING WITH ETIHAD AIRWAYS

In the first deal of its kind, Etihad Airways has partnered with WME | IMG to become the official airline of fashion by committing to supporting 17 fashion week events around the world, starting with bringing Oscar de la Renta to the runway of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Australia on May 20th. Other locales that Etihad will…

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CELINE – PARIS – FALL/WINTER 2016 FASHION SHOW

Phoebe Philo gave everyone room to breathe amid the chaos of Paris Fashion Week. On March 6th, the designer presented an airy runway show of Céline’s Fall/Winter collection. Pants were billowy, blouses were sheer, and sweaters cocooned the wearer. Mostly monochromatic looks provided meditative space to concentrate as did roomy silhouettes. The forty-two outfits kept…

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CHANEL – PARIS – FALL/WINTER 2016 FASHION SHOW

Usually when recapping Chanel's newest collection, a few sentences must be dedicated to the set. Over-the-top, unique, and unthinkable, Chanel's sets have ranged from supermarkets, to airplanes, to gardens and stopped at a few other daring places in-between. For fall/winter 2016, Chanel surprised us once again, but this time it was for a different reason. A…

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CHRISTIAN DIOR – PARIS – FALL/WINTER 2016 FASHION SHOW

The fall/winter 2016 Christian Dior collection was anxiously and curiously awaited. With the departure of Raf Simons and the lack of a new creative director put into place, design was left up to a studio team headed by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux. The two had big shoes to fill and a lot of talk to…

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COMME DES GARCONS – PARIS – FALL/WINTER 2016 FASHION SHOW

For Comme des Garçons, ready-to-wear is simply a rule not to be followed. The 2016 line was unique, fun, over-the-top, and anything but capable of being worn for most days, whether it's a Saturday night special event or a Monday morning at work. Designer Rei Kawakubo used floral fabrics, thick jacquards, three-dimensional structuring, bondage straps, furry details, and…

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LOUIS VUITTON – PARIS – FALL/WINTER 2016 FASHION SHOW

With funky hats, pops of red, and geometric prints, Louis Vuitton's fall/winter 2016 collection, shown on March 9, ended a round of fashion weeks on a high note. Nicolas Ghesquière created a confident and wearable line, both intriguing and easily lovable. The venue was set up to be an underwater world, made in collaboration with the French…

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SONIA RYKIEL – PARIS – FALL/WINTER 2016 FASHION SHOW

Sonia Rykiel's newest collection was a modern fashionistas dream. With updated silhouettes accessorized by all types of fur, it was transitional for fall and wearable off of the runway. Designer Julie de Libran kept the design house's classic stripes present though the collection, while also adding a print showing the faces of Rykiel's women created by the…

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VALENTINO – PARIS – FALL/WINTER 2016 FASHION SHOW

For Valentino's fall/winter 2016 collection, the designers took cues from the stage and brought them to the runway. Inspired by ballerinas and the overall movement of dance, the collection featured tulle skirts, almost-off-the-shoulder tops, body skimming dresses, and pieces that could double as a costume on stage. The collection was in many ways dainty, with wispy…

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DIOR COUTURE SPRING 2016

In the wake of Raf Simon’s shocking departure from Dior, studio directors Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier stepped into the spotlight to show the house’s latest couture collection. Although the Dior atelier remains one of the most important businesses in the couture industry, the designers were keen to emphasise the ‘wearability’ of their latest offering, which they called…

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JEAN PAUL GAULTIER COUTURE SPRING 2016

Trust the 'enfant terrible' to pull off one of the most raucous shows of the week. Viva Le Discotheque, was Jean Paul Gaultier’s message as models danced down his runway smoking, sipping champagne, carrying their high heels and high fiving each other. The setting of the show was a reinterpretation of the infamous 1980s Paris nightclub…

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MAISON MARGIELA COUTURE SPRING 2016

In his third couture collection for Maison Margiela, designer John Galliano paid tribute to the late David Bowie. Galliano, a life-long fan of Bowie’s inimitable style, channelled the iconic star's Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust personas. Models wore retro knee high boots, androgynous jumpsuits, and sequined collars The glam rock aesthetic, so famously championed by Bowie, permeated the…

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RALPH & RUSSO COUTURE SPRING 2016

Australian designers and new kids on the block, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, boasted one of the most star-studded front rows of the week at their spring couture show. The British-based label and only brand that has been invited to show at couture week in the last decade, counts Uma Thurman, Angelina Jolie, Rita Ora and Beyoncé…

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VALENTINO COUTURE SPRING 2016

Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli looked to the rich history of the Roman Byzantine Empire and the 20th century Spanish designer Mariano Fortuny to influence their most recent couture outing. Fortuny, famous for creating fashion for dancers and actress during the early 1900s, would have been proud. The influence of his pioneering ‘Delphos gown’, a…

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RAF SIMONS’ SURPRISE DEPARTURE FROM DIOR

Raf Simons has unexpectedly left Dior after three and a half years as creative director.  His last show for the house was Dior's SS16 presentation at Paris Fashion Week on October 2nd.  There was no bad blood between Simons and Dior’s parent company, LVMH.  On the contrary, Dior prospered under Simons’ creative vision and sales grew by 60% during…

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RICK OWENS FEATURES GIRL-ON-GIRL ACTION ON THE PARIS RUNWAY

What is the true purpose of a fashion show?  Is it to portray a message to the exclusive audience in the room or should designers tailor their shows for the positive consumption of the web-surfing public in an effort to actually sell clothing?  In our age of  endless "likes" and "dislikes" these queries may prove to…

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DEMNA GVASALIA ANNOUNCED AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF BALENCIAGA

Demna Gvasalia has been announced as Artistic Director of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s famed fashion house. After a star studded SS16 runway show Alexander Wang has taken his final bow at Balenciaga and handed the reins to Gvasalia who is best known as head designer behind cult Parisian streetwear/high-fashion melange, Vetements. His appointment seemed out of the blue to…

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