Kenzo Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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Layering is in for Paris Fashion Week and no one speaks that language better than the Kenzo fall/winter 2015-2016 collection staged yesterday. It was an interesting show and one clearly geared towards providing Instagram opportunities as Carol Lim and Humberto Leon capitalize on the use of social media to further grow the popularity of a fashion house. The staging of the show in itself was a form of art it appeared, with a large striped background at the tail end of a huge warehouse spaced out on the Peripherique one six separate columns on wheels with a holographic treatment on three sides and each one operated through the use of Wi-Fi. The first model seemed to be moving the wall, which followed her, breaking apart and showing its choreographed movements throughout the show. Sometimes the setting of these events is almost if not more important than the pieces showcased themselves, and in this case, we needed something to detract from the crazy amounts of layers used within the collection on each model alone.

Kenzo Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

While the Kenzo signature has always been the use of prints, we have been faced with a collection bereft of this design style for a season now. Yesterday, Kenzo brought it back full-force, with all its intense coloring and major contrasts. Plus, it seems that Lim and Leon hold a special love for leopard prints, which appeared all over the runway, in full jumpsuits, sports pants and matching jackets, some appearing to come from dry land and others taking on the unique glow and coloring of the sea with algae at the bottom.

The trees also served as major inspiration for the Kenzo fall/winter 2015-2016 collection, with the forest becoming a monolithic green wall before which stood the Kenzo woman in tent-like layers of green and black. The wall spun around and followed all the models as they made their way down the catwalk, a rather interesting play on illusions and the human need for entertainment in everything he or she witnesses. The collection itself was interesting enough and it does appear that the brand is doing much to up its ante. This includes layering oversized shearling vests with long and fluid dresses that are perfect for the days we wake up to the sun shining over our beds, but not quite warm enough to protect against the fall and winter elements. However, the brightly patterned wraps and knitwear will do well to ward off the chill, while the looks had a playful edge to them as well with the owl feather ornamentation and the stripy fringe on the trousers. Even the baby doll tops were not spared a little flirtatious pick-me-up. Nor can we miss the layers of floral jacquards and blanket-stripe shawls that were nice embellishments to a rather unique line-up of designs that will soon hit the rack.

Kenzo Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Kenzo Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Kenzo Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

The plastic paillettes may not have been the most appealing, but the Kenzo girl will probably be able to ward off the cold better than most with her shearling lined leather motorcycle jackets and vests, or even the large poncho anoraks that keep the body nice and snug underneath. Bring on the cooler weather, baby, for we are currently already battling the last days of winter as it is.

Kenzo Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Kenzo Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Kenzo Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Kenzo Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

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John Galliano Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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The 54-year-old Gibraltar-born British fashion designer taps Bill Gaytten to present his eponymous label with the John Galliano fall/winter 2015-2016 collection at Paris Fashion Week, completely bereft of his usual crazy antics and perfectly loveable from the first piece with the long cashmere coat that has been given a slit up the center in the back and thrown over an outfit that includes a pretty swirling patterned miniskirt with a matching blouse and silk scarf tied round the neck, falling down the chest, to the final dress with the pretty fish swimming all over and using the long garment as their very own personal aquarium. Okay, maybe Bill does still have some Galliano-appropriate crazy included in the collection, but it is modest and quite interesting. Who doesn’t want to be seen as the perfect fish aquarium anyhow?

John Galliano Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

While Galliano’s vision for Maison Margiela is entirely different than Bill’s for his own brand, and wherein he feels like he can easily send hunchbacked models down the runway during the house he is creative director for, but has his own models standing straight and tall, looking confident and sweet all at once, we can see right through Galliano and have to admire Gaytten’s tenacity for the most creative, if not the most out-of-this-world designs within the modern fashion world. We are not sure who else can rock a hat with daisies adorning it and still look like a pirate ready to raid the Pacific.

Fish, fish, fish! Fish are swarming the runway and Gaytten has decided to catch them all in his garments, turning them into literal and abstract prints. Fish like flowers too, so some of the pieces have been etched with brain freezing, awe inspiring color combinations of a whole field of flowers set against a black background and worn on lovely little mini dresses. It appears as if Gaytten loves his short hems too much. Maison Margiela has gained much with Galliano’s support, though we way prefer his personal brand at this point over that of the fashion house for which he works.

John Galliano Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

John Galliano Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

John Galliano Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

John Galliano Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Pebbled sequins also make their way onto the little dresses Gaytten offers, a rather lovely look with waving effects, long sleeves and an asymmetrical hem that barely grazes the tops of the thighs. Those glossy black knee-high boots do not seem to be doing much to enhance the look of the dress though, instead taking away from it. A more fitted, perhaps pure leather version might do the job better actually, since you don’t want to drop to a smaller type of shoe because of the balance needed with the amount of legs exposed. One of our absolute favourite looks is a long black gown with an amethyst slight curving stripe heading down from under the left arm to around the right side of the hem of the skirt, the neck covered with an amethyst colored scarf in felt that falls down to the knees in length. We absolutely love Gaytten’s fabric research and his overall Art Deco design interpretations! Simply gorgeous!

John Galliano Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

John Galliano Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

John Galliano Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

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Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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One of the most awaited collections may as well be the Maison Margiela fall/winter 2015-2016 collection as we love seeing the strange appear on stage, even if we may never touch some of those fashions with a 10-foot stick. Le Grand Palais seemed a fitting enough place, with steel floors and white benches, all the while having men in white coats vetting the tickets outside. It seemed almost like a hospital, perhaps a mental institution and here is where John Galliano gave us a glimpse of the latest Maison Margiela fashions fusing in his love of emotions and history with the fashion house’s conceptual legacy.

Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Crazy was expected and somewhat crazy was received as the ready to wear fashions were toned down quite a bit after what we had seen on the Maison Margiela spring/summer 2015 haute couture runway during the Paris Couture Fashion Week. Toned down it may have been but Vogue correctly describes the models as being either “edgy young things or crazily bewigged housewives on acid” as they stormed onto the runway and left us gasping for our breaths. Seeing hunched over models with way too much color on the face and the feet dragging in awkward positions is enough to give a sane person a whole load of nightmares. While his haute couture may have been a little too out of this world for our tastes, some of the pieces here were definitely to our liking, from the maxi coats in suede and leather, the velvet trousers that seem to be springing up everywhere on the runways these days, the tartan minis that have also become somewhat of a trend, and so much more. We found many a piece to covet among the line-up, including a navy button down mini dress with a slightly flared skirt, complete with a bow at the collar, long sleeves a black choker necklace high on the neck and pretty ankle strap shoes in a burnished gold coloring.

In terms of common trends, we see the midi skirts with the center slits as well as the tops with the deep V plunging necklines or keyhole openings on the chests that are a little wider than expected; we find cropped pants and lots of chiffon, pinstripes and tartan prints all in one. There are feathers and there are ruffles, while a model sports classic leopard print. We even have the see-through tops that barely cover the bare chest underneath, made of chiffon and funky floral prints.

Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week
Maison Margiela cannot be said to be the best of the shows on the Paris Fashion Week, but it is certainly one of the most memorable, if only for giving nightmares about doing too much crack while being a fashion maniac. We might like to keep to the first piece in the brown suede trench, as well as coveting that collared leather bomber jacket. We will probably steer clear of many of the other pieces though as it will only bring to mind orange red lipstick, crazy eyes, perfectly coiffed wigs and some interesting fashions that might look better on a mannequin than a human.

Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

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Mulberry Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – London Fashion Week

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Finally Mulberry has a new creative director and a brand new page in history starts for the British brand soon with the SS 2016 rtw collection presentation later in September! After almost two years with no creative director since Emma Hill’s departure and with Johnny Coca arriving at the help of the house only in July, the Mulberry design team takes the lead once more surprising us yet one more time with their immense talent and craftsmanship. Finding inspiration in the English manor houses of the Georgian era, they unveiled the chicMulberry fall/winter 2015-2016 collection today in the morning in the framework of London Fashion Week. Naturally, we saw lots of interior design inspirations, mouldings and architectural design details used as the focal points for the screen prints, breathtaking embroidery and opulent jacquards.

Mulberry Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – London Fashion Week

The Mulberry fall/winter 2015-2016 collection comes drenched in a soft feminine style with certain neo-classical influences. It’s utterly sophisticated and elegant both in terms of the silhouettes launched and the gentle color palette used comprising blush pinks, grays and sober black tones. We can witness a high-level craftsmanship as far as the creative fabrication techniques and embellishments go. Absolutely striking looks the filigree motif used for the oversized blush coat, the knee-length flounce skirt and the cute mini dress in the same color. And when it comes to the diversity of the materials used, we see printed silk, wool, sheepskin and brushed alpaca cashmere.

Despite being quite a small collection, it still manages to bring diversity to the scene catering to the fall fashion needs of different fashonisers, both the classy business ladies and those trying to look chic in the street. Especially powerful is the selection of outerwear options, bringing intarsia sheepskin coats, perfectly tailored oversized options and designs hugging the figure of the model with the obi belts fastened on the waist. In addition, extra warmth and coziness is provided to the collection through Donegal-style and alpaca sweaters.

Mulberry Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – London Fashion Week

Mulberry Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – London Fashion Week

While the skirts and dresses will appeal to those big fans of the feminine style, there are also pants in the collection, which are perfectly tailored wide-leg culottes with subtle notes of slouchiness. The overly printed jumpsuit and the total black option are perfect looks for various special events, while the patterned culottes with the matching jacket can be an amazing addition to your office wardrobe. The V-back classic black dress looks undeniably cute and elegant despite its simplistic and modest design, while the duo of the creamy-gray leather skirt and the cagoule with lacing details brings soft sporty chic motifs to the scene.

Of course, the Mulberry fall/winter 2015-2016 collection also brings new It accessories, particularly obi belts, ankle booties on heels and bags. The Roxette bag in sheepskin or laser croc print is the queen of the entire line, while the Jamie bag is now available in a smaller size, being an ideal piece to transfer from day to night. Johnny Coca should be a very lucky creative director working with this powerful design team for the luxury British fashion house come summer!

Mulberry Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – London Fashion Week

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Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection

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Tom Ford decided to break the tradition and instead of unveiling his fall designs in the framework of London Fashion Week, he presented his devastatingly beautiful Tom Ford fall/winter 2015-2016 collection in Los Angeles yesterday night, just in time for the Oscar weekend. Covering the catwalk with white rose petals, he sent out his glamour meets urban chic collection for the 500 guests, of which 270 were in the entertainment industry, including Best Actress nominees Reese Witherspoon and Julianne Moore, as well as Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Gwyneth Paltro, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson and others. “I’d better give them some showmanship. I thought, It never snows in Los Angeles. Let’s make it snow rose petals,” he said after his star-studded and glam show.

Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection

Although Ford explained his move from London to Los Angeles just because of his love for the City of Angels and the great interest in cinematography, it was more than obvious that the proximity of the Oscar night had much influenced his decision. There were a couple of glam evening dresses showcased as well, which ask for the Sunday red carpet and we can already imagine Miley making an appearance in the sexy black number fusing sheer materials with satin and velvet. Anyways, the ambitions of Ford didn’t distract him from his main mission – presenting wow-worthy designs that will cater to both the Hollywood stars and all the other admirers of the Ford aesthetic.

Versatility is the first thing that catches the attention when looking through the Tom Ford fall/winter 2015-2016 collection, as it features both casual denims and luxury furs, daytime looks and glamorous evening ensembles with a high dose of Ford sexiness. We saw both muted autumn-ready colors including blacks, browns and khakis, as well as an abundance of pops of brights put together in Californian rainbow patterns and patchwork used to inject a 1970s flair to the denim designs. The opening three tiered frocks brought distinctive Victorian motifs to the scene, while the khaki pieces radiated military chic. Of course, we saw an abundance of luxury fur quite often featuring sexy leopard motifs for an higher impact. Especially outstanding were the combinations of the fur with denim in single looks, like in case of the patched blue and black long coat topping the Seventies style knee-length jean skirt and the black turtleneck, all finished off with a pair of blue suede boots with black leather inserts and a statement necklace.

In addition to the big proportions of patchwork used, the cowgirl fringing a la Wild West, macramé and the game of textures and layering were other details that revealed the great craftsmanship behind these designs, turning them into lust-worthy pieces we want to add to our fall wardrobes right away. In line with this, the Tom Ford fall/winter 2015-2016 collection also featured sharply tailored and neat looks quite appropriate for wearing to the office.

Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection

Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection

Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection

Mixing bohemia with a laidback casual mood for fall, Ford didn’t forget about his glam evening ensembles and sent out seven models dressed in floor-length crafty gowns at the finale of the show, the first two of which mixed bright graphic motifs with rich velvet, silk and sequins. The rust sequined dress screamed Hollywood glamour, while the following four total black designs put the accent on the interesting texture and detail combinations utilizing lots of fringing, see-through materials and unexpected cut-outs.

Throughout the show, the looks were accessorized with oversized knot necklaces and long earrings, as well as tiny bags and killer footwear options. The hair of the models was pulled back into effortless braided updos with messy finishes, while the makeup was bold with lots of tan blush added to the temples.

Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection

Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection

Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Street Style

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New York Fashion Week fall 2015 is a wrap and in addition to a cavalcade of gorgeous fashion trends and amazing fall outfit ideas, it also brought a series of wonderful street style looks that our favorite fashion bloggers, It girls and style icons rocked. What we especially love about the Fashion Week season is that it always brings some eccentric, bold and colorful street style looks, letting the guests experiment with new styles and discover the artistic side of their personalities. Street style during the Fashion Week is the irresistible pull to put on bold makeup and wear edgy leather and luxe fur, creating personality-filled outfits that will instantly land you in the spotlight. It lets fashionisers forget about the difference between ballet and evening attire and go creative mixing and matching various contrasting pieces and showing an interesting game of layering. From winter-appropriate cozy knits and fluffy furs to flirty dresses and skirts, below we have rounded up the best and the coolest of New York Fashion Week fall 2015 street style for your inspiration.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Street Style

If it’s your first time that you’re going to attend a fashion show, you might have been googling for hours to learn what to wear for the fashion week to look as cool and creative as those celebs and models do before and after the shows in the streets. Nothing can teach you better style lessons to this end as real-life looks from the streets of the biggest fashion capitals in the world. The first and the most important rule is to be creative and bring your wildest style fantasies to life, embracing your true self and forgetting about any common style stereotypes. Have always shied away from the red lipstick? Go for it to add a dramatic touch to your casual look this way making it more eye-catching. A simple accessory, a detail and even the right hairstyle choice can change so much in your overall looks, turning you into one of the trendsetters in the street. On the other hand, even the simplest top knot and the barely there makeup can look undeniably chic, when you make an appearance dressed in creatively layered and styled outfits. These chic NYFW street style looks can be great examples for you when it comes to building up powerful looks appropriate for the Fashion Week season.

The winter in New York has been one of the coldest in the history this year and it was a great chance to learn a couple of style lessons on how to look outstanding and stylish even in the coldest weather. Despite the snow and frost outside, many It girls still refused to wear tights or warm boots and embraced the new tendency of doing bare legs in winter, baring lots of flesh under those mini skirts and dresses. While someone wore her favorite heeled pumps with thick warm socks, there were lots of girls who went for summer-ready shoes completely shunning tights and socks.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Street Style

There were fashionistas bundled up in colorful and cozy furs and oversized coats, while some of them decided to show off their skill of making masculine dressing look ultimately feminine and effortlessly sophisticated. We saw sporty chic looks and pop culture inspired ones, as well as statement-making accessories that we crave so much. Even the simplest pair of jeans was styled creatively, like in case of Chiara’s look composed of a gray sweatshirt with the jewel encrusted work “Wow” and psychedelic fur topping it, all finished off with the uber-big fluffy fur mittens and the tiny Fendi bag. Agree that the look did wow actually! Whatever they wore, they all looked fresh, happy and relaxed, inspiring us to revitalize our winter wardrobes with some daring and look-at-me clothes.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Street Style

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Street Style

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