Paris Fashion Week came to a close last week with some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses showcasing their Fall/Winter 2012 collections. Here is a roundup of some of the biggest trends to emerge from the event.
Feathers dominated the Paris fashion week, with huge froths of pink plumage stealing the show at Alexander McQueen. Other labels went for a more subtle take on the trend, with Zuhair Murad offering cocktail dresses decorated in sequins and feathers, Louis Vuitton adorning Edwardian-influenced creations with feathers and jewels and Andrew Gn embellishing blouses with lace and feather appliques.
An Eastern influence was seen at a number of shows, with a Japanese blossom motif being embroidered onto chiffon blouses at the Leonard presentation, and deconstructed kimonos at Maison Martin Margiela. Blousons with kimono details were also seen at Damir Doma, while kimono shapes and Eastern-inspired prints stood out at Dries Van Noten. Meanwhile, Japanese animation was referenced at the Mugler show, where models channelled ninjas in black huge shouldered creations with hoods. The material of choice at Paris fashion week had to be leather, with a string of black leather creations including a cape, a jumpsuit, a trench coat and shorts opening the Valentino show. The material was just as ubiquitous at Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy, with highlights at the former including a long-sleeved leather tunic.
Green had a noteworthy moment at the event. While the Kenzo show began with several moss green pieces, animal motif sweaters came in brighter shades and lime green made an impact at Chanel.
Sparkle came aplenty, thanks to the dominance of bejewelled creations. Models with their jewel-adorned eyebrows walked
a runway of glistening granite sand at Chanel’s sparkling mineral-themed show, while at Vivienne Westwood, jewelled Elizabethan-style tops stole the show. Bejewelled jacket buttons and elaborate brooches were seen at Louis Vuitton show. Meanwhile, at Balmain, pearl and crystal embellishment was everywhere, with late actor Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery collection providing a source of inspiration for the collection.