Paris Fashion Week F/W14

On a side note… Next to the hotspots we gather for you on PiPaParis, we’ll sometimes also share more editorial, inspirational and in-depth posts on topics we personally love and which, of course, also have a connection to Paris.

In this post, I’d like to give you a short recap of Paris Fashion Week, the final week of the fashion circus, following after the fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan. Although PFW already finished almost a week ago, I’m still mesmerized by all the beautiful fashion shows. The greatest designers presented their prêt-a-porter collections for Fall/Winter 2014 here to editors and buyers. Not only the Frenchies such as Isabel Marant, Chloé, Kenzo, Chanel and Givenchy showcase their newest collections here, our own Dutch Viktor & Rolf and Iris van Herpen also give their acte de presence with beautiful shows.

With around 100 fashion shows within a ten day time frame, this is what you can call an event of stature. My dream is to one day be part of PFW, but for now I gathered some of my PFW favorites for you: Kenzo, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

Kenzo’s designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon teamed up with cult film director David Lynch to create the set and soundtrack of the show and for inspiration of the collection itself. The key looks presented had many mysterious and supernatural elements to it. Think quilted suits, androgyn looks, amplified silhouettes and a kaleidoscope of colors full of black, grey, citron green and burnt orange. Also a major aspect of this show was that founder Kenzo Tadaka was there for the first time since Lim and Leon took over in 2010.

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Louis Vuitton
The most anticipated show of all: The beginning of a new era after Marc Jacobs cleared the stage the previous season (after 16 years!). And now Nicolas Ghesquière stepped in as creative director of Louis Vuitton after his departure at Balenciaga 1,5 years ago. You can imagine expectations were quite high and I think Ghesquière certainly didn’t disappoint. The collection was a beautiful blend of Ghesquière’s modern,  innovative signature style and Louis Vuitton’s traditional philosophy. The looks were showing a lot of leather, A-lines and high hems. The set was more toned down than some of the previous shows under Marc Jacobs’ leadership. All in all, Ghesquière paved the way for a modern future of the fashion house.

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And then there’s Chanel… The mother of all fashion shows. This wasn’t even a true runway show anymore but one big (and smart) media spectacle that Mr. Lagerfeld pulled off. The entire Grand Palais was magically transformed into a gigantic Chanel supermarket complete with aisle signs and trolleys, displaying everything from fruit, vegetables, canned food, liquor and even bathing products. You would almost forget that there was also a new collection presented.The collection itself was a bit more informal than what you might expect from Chanel. The traditional Chanel tweed suits were still there, but modernized heavily with diamond shaped, thin waist lines. The models were wearing sneakers, making the ensembles very sporty and casual. Colors were candy-like showing lilac, pink with glittery tweed and metallic jeans.


These were only some of my favorites, you can find all the shows online if you want to see more.
I hope you enjoyed the post!


Photo credit: style.com

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