Favourite Moments of Paris Fashion Week

As Paris Fashion Week finally draws to a close let's take a look at my Favourite Moments from Paris Fashion Week, Spring Summer 2015 RTW.

Cherry Skulls Anyone?

Jun Takahashi’s Undercover show revealed The Garden of Earthly Delights in 51 looks. The show was full of interesting things like cartoon videos that played in the mirror frames on the chests of a few tech-fabric coats and brass-knuckle rings dangling twin-cherry minaudières.

Jun Takahashi’s Undercover show revealed The Garden of Earthly Delights in 51 looks.

Jun Takahashi’s Undercover show revealed The Garden of Earthly Delights in 51 looks.

Join the Chanel Revolution

Karl Lagerfeld always sends nearly twice as many outfits down the runway than any other designer at Paris Fashion Week. This years Spring Summer 2015 RTW show was set on Boulevard Chanel and for the finale the models took to that street in protest, toting feminist placards and chanting slogans. Be Your Own Stylist. Boys Should Get Pregnant Too. Make Fashion Not War.

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 RTW Show, Paris Fashion Week

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 RTW Show, Paris Fashion Week

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 RTW Show, Paris Fashion Week

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 RTW Show, Paris Fashion Week

There is a Rochas on my Chest

It's Alessandro Dell'Acqua's second season at Rochas and Rs and belts above the waist were on high rotation. He lifted a hummingbird pattern from the Rochas archives and used this as a print and as a beaded embroidery. This along with his use of transparent fabrics made the show light and playful.

Rochas Spring Summer 2015 RTW, Paris Fashion Week

Rochas Spring Summer 2015 RTW, Paris Fashion Week

Floral Oriental Bondage @ McQueen

I don't think I have ever disliked a McQueen show. However I can go far beyond this season to share my opinion - the Spring Summer 2015 show at Paris Fashion Week was simply stunning. The obvious references to Eastern dress, the black headpieces, bondage harnesses and floral motifs were beautiful. I think my favourite look is below in the second photo. I simply adore the petal skirt!!

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2015 RTW, Paris Fashion Week

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2015 RTW, Paris Fashion Week

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2015 RTW, Paris Fashion Week

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2015 RTW, Paris Fashion Week

The Jean Paul Gaultier Party

Jean Paul Gaultier announced earlier this month that he would shut his RTW collection to focus on haute couture and his perfume. Gaultier's last RTW show was a beauty pageant complete with a judge played by Rossy de Palma parodying Madame de Fontenay, the behatted former chairwoman of the Miss France committee. I was especially fond of the older women who modelled - they went down the runway with hot male models.

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring Summer 2015 RTW, Paris Fashion Week

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring Summer 2015 RTW, Paris Fashion Week

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring Summer 2015 RTW, Paris Fashion Week

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring Summer 2015 RTW, Paris Fashion Week

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The Beautiful Mundane - Photography by Peter Stewart

When I saw these photos I just had to share them all with you - I am still amazed by their colours, details and the way you can get lost in their depths much like you do in the wonderful work of Escher.

Australian photographer Peter Stewart has documented the public housing in Hong Kong from two distinct view points - the vantage point of the pedestrian and the resident. The compositions are beautiful and make the mundane interesting by cropping the vast density of housing and presenting views that the viewer wouldn't normally focus on when walking around the area themselves. Although the pieces present a huge almost never ending expanse of buildings the photographs remain personal as they are dotted with signs of life from each resident. Plants and wet laundry can be spotted as your eyes roam around the pictures.

My favourite pieces are the two photos right at the end of this post. These back lit works are precise studies of the stacked architectural shapes that Stewart could see when gazing upwards. They are an obvious progression from the earlier photographs that have more detail in them and the more you stare at them, the more you get lost in their beauty.

What do you think of these photos? Which are your favourite? Comment at the end of the post!

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

Urban Hong Kong Architecture by Peter Stewart

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Liz Black for RIVER ISLAND

My avid readers will remember a previous post I wrote about the RIVER ISLAND Design Forum, a platform for championing up and coming exciting UK based designer talent in the fashion industry. Previous designers have included Eudon Choi, Katie Eary and Joseph Turvey. The latest designer to team up with RIVER ISLAND is Liz Black with an exclusive nine-piece capsule collection for Autumn Winter 2014.

Black is a Central St. Martin's college graduate who launched her own label in 2010. She has been a semi-finalist in the prestigious Fashion Fringe Awards in 2011 as well as being nominated at the Scottish Fashion Awards in the ‘Creative Excellence’ category. Recently Black was selected by Vogue Italia’s Senior Fashion Editor Sara Maino as a ‘Vogue Talent.’ Black has also supplied Lady Gaga with one of her designs!

Because I am half Ukrainian I am most interested in Black's designs as she takes inspiration from Russian Princess Anastasia Romanova. Romanova was the youngest daughter of the last sovereign of Imperial Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna. Anastasia is rumoured to have died in tragic circumstances however some believe she survived and made her way to freedom.

The exclusive print Black has created for this collection (that you can see in the photos below) evokes the feeling of running through the Russian woods where Anastasia made her escape. The colours used in the collection range from black to midnight blue, with print in blues and greys. Sliver metal hardware details are dotted throughout like moonlight on tree tops. Because of this the collection is great for going out at night.

Check out the short film directed by Mary Nighy below. The elements in the video remind me of forbidden fruit or the poison apple in Snow White.

Items in the Liz Black for RIVER ISLAND collection include sculpted separates in scuba and wool. There are sophisticated design details like big warm cuffs reminiscent of traditional Russian Muffs on a contemporary coat and corset silhouettes on dresses. You can head here to shop the collection - prices range from $70AUD to $200AUD.

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Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

London Fashion Week

Of course the highlight of any London Fashion Week for me is the Burberry Prorsum show. Not only is the show great but catching all the people as they walk around Kensington Gardens before the runway presentation gives me lots of outfit and style inspiration.

I was super excited when I watched this Burberry Prorsum Womenswear show. Not only were the array of colours gorgeous but I could see many items that I loved straight away. The presentation, titled The Birds and the Bees, opened to the sound of James Bay playing acoustic guitar whilst singing. It was interesting to note that Cara Delevingne sat front row with Kate Moss rather than walking in the show.

The models who walked down the runway first were modestly covered in denim jackets with feather trim. The seams on these jackets were very flattering and their cut reminded me a little bit of corsets. I loved the two skirts you can see below in photo one and two. Models carried small buckled doctors bags in bright colours and wore sneakers on their feet.

As the show progresses the looks start to excite me even more - the transparent dresses of cobweb tulle, transparent tops with jackets for modesty and the dragonfly belts. I think my favourite dress is shown in photo eleven. However I often change my mind later once I look at the photos more and more. I decide I like even more pieces in the end. I also really like the top in photo three as it reminds me of fish scales.

The Burberry Prorsum final walk is well known. Check out the last photo below for the colourful rainbow that was the final walk at the Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2015 Womenswear show.

I also have the pleasure of including some of the marvelous street style photos taken by my friend Vincent of yourensemble.com. He was on the ground at London Fashion Week. The street style shots below were taken before and after the Burberry Prorsum show around Kensington Gardens. Check them out!

What do you think of this show? What is your favourite look? Check out the photos and the video below! Comment at the end of the post.

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015 

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015 

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Final Walk Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Final Walk Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

Burberry Prorsum Street Style, photo by Vincent of yourensemble.com

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