The collections at the Autumn/Winter 2013 Paris Fashion Week have, thus far, been nothing short of spectacular. Vivienne Westwood presented an unusual line fusing punk and medieval influences, whilst Raf Simons for Dior created classic pieces with an air of surrealism. Simons also took the hand-drawn work of artist Andy Warhol and reproduced it as embroidered motifs on a series of cocktail dresses.
2013 season bears witness to the reinvention of the classic suit with an endemic
display of varying cuts, colours and textiles on show. Guy Laroche in particular took suiting to another level with abstract cuts, the use of leather and strong embellishments.
The monochrome trend was also heavily played out in many of the season's collections; most notably in those of French designer Vanessa Bruno, Belgian-Italian designer Anthony Vaccarello (although his collection also experimented with gold) and eponymous fashion house, Balenciaga. Alexander Wang made his debut for Balenciaga working the classic white and black combination, but also focusing on highlighting patterns through texture.
Designs by Celine, Lanvin and Nina Ricci commanded attention with their sophistication and almost understated elegance, whilst pieces from Acne, Balmain, Haider Ackermann, Isabel Marant, Jean Paul Gaultier and Roland Mouret were striking and edgy with their inclusion of leather and metallics.
Ungaro's collection showcased a blend of leopard and polka dots, bold colours and shoulder pads. It's a return to the 1980s, which could be considered dated. But, on a positive note, the leopard print clothes in my wardrobe will still be wearable for another season!
Below is a selection of my favourite looks from some of the collections that graced the Paris runways from 26 February 2013 until 4 March 2013 (excluding YSL - see Part 2 of my Paris Fashion Week Edit).
- Michelle x
Image sources: The Telegraph (UK) & Vogue.com UK