So I’m back with the last installment of my Spring/Summer 2014 fashion month debrief. Go back and check out the London and Milan picks here, and I’m eschewing NYFW because… well, I just didn’t have time to plow through all those collections and now it seems too arduous a task.
Lots of great Paris showings this season and we start with this Alexander McQueen collection that had a little something of everything, but it all threw back to the idea of a strong, powerful woman. A theme Prada also ran with but instead of a focused Riot Grrrl follow-up like that house presented, designer Sarah Burton took feminine fierceness from a variety of sources. She didn’t want the collection to be too specific of any period or place and sent looks down the runway that referenced everything from the Zulus, Amazon tribes, Celtic warriors, Mondrian paintings and Picasso. As a result, we’ve got tribal feathers meeting abstract geometry, all adorned in gladiator helmets.
Giving us print and color in a completely different way, Indian designer Manish Arora sent pure candy down the runway. The collection was inspired by roaring 20′s dancer Josephine Baker and he gave the flapper girl thing a whole new spin as his fringed drop waist dresses in brightly colored and pastel hues looked like they came straight out of a Japanese arcade. That or a rave full of day-glo. The result is a set of kaleidoscopic looks with abstract prints and accessories that remind me of candy buttons.
In a shift away from my normal penchant for print, Asian-esque fabrics and ethnic influenced garments, I am drawn to this Alexis Mabille collection. Again with the recurrent theme of strong femininity, Mabille drew upon Rosie the Riveter re-imagined as an Antonio Vargas pinup girl. The result? A masculine meets feminine set of looks that are completely wearable and look so comfortable. The accessorizing really makes this happen for me with the girly head scarves tied into bows, the fierce armor-like jewelry, sexy lingerie and the subtle bedazzle nicely incorporated.
And with those as my top three, here are the rest of my favorite looks from Paris Fashion Week chock full of metallics, flocked/printed hosiery, crop tops, art school influenced prints, Far East sensibility and coats – an interesting addition in the last few years to the Spring lineup. Seasons seem to be crossing over.
photo credit: style.com