Highlights from Paris
Once upon a time, I was obsessed with fashion. Since the age of about ten, when I discovered La Senza Girl (now sadly defunct, a store for preteens with lotos of sparkles, pink and spaghetti straps, it was the millennium!) I realized I could have a signature and personal style. This evolved from a yearning to fit in with my classmates in elementary school and junior high into a need to be unique in high school. When Condé Nast released it’s first issue of Teen Vogue I was the happiest little girl in the world. It was as though someone had finally made something for me! It was truly the first fashion magazine directed at pre-teens and teens. Where Seventeen’s fashion came up pedestrian and Vogue didn’t speak to the younger generation, Teen Vogue found the perfect spot in editorial. My senior year of high school I had developed a true love for designers, thanks to the magazine. I remember the year Chloé released the padlock bags and the chunky heels and wedges, I was obsessed and couldn’t get enough, or when Miu Miu had their circus collection, or the swallows (I still want those pink platforms!). I loved the way fashion was wearable art and so much more than a practical way to protect ourselves. This love of fashion and designers followed me into undergrad, where I started and shut down many a fashion blog, where I would curate and publish my favourite looks from each season’s collections. My favourite designers being Red Valentino, Marchesa and Rodarte to name just a few. Somewhere along the lines though, I feel like I fell out of touch with fashion. Although I have maintained a personal style and love of shopping on the high street I lost connection with the world of designers and I just want to say, I miss it! I was talking over coffee with my cousin last week and telling her about this lost connection and how I feel it missing as part of me. I recently followed all my favourite designers on Instagram and have resolved to make more of an effort in keeping up with fashion, both in my personal life and on my blog. So I’m starting off by sharing my favourites from last week’s Paris Haute Couture. I’ve included my favourite designers. I’m so excited for this post and hope you love these picks as much as I do.
Armani Privé’s Fall 2018 Couture was wearable and the epitome of femininity. The first two looks I’ve selected could have been plucked from a modern day My Fair Lady style derby. The second two looks are relevant in millennial pink. The last dress is my Unicorn Princess of Dreams Dress.
Elie Saab brought us the most beautiful sheer layered skirts, I am determined to figure out how to style these for everyday this coming season. The gold foiling adds a bit of sparkle to an otherwise predictably dark season.
By far my favourite show this season, (along with much of the fashion community it seems, although perhaps we see what we want to) was that of Giambattista Valli I love the black bow detailing (which I saw a lot of for the season, going to need some items in my closet this fall! The feather detailing and oversized layered skirts where gorgeous. Finally, the floral print dresses were gorgeous and a fresh take on the fall season.
The wearable art a Givenchy was beautiful. I definitely see a thread of bird inspiration throughout the line. The first dress I cannot look at without seeing a mermaid, withe the lower half in an almost scale-like embellishment and flaring out at the floor like fins.
Tell me your favourite collections and pieces this fall. What inspiration for wearable fashion did you take from the couture shows? I know I’ll be filling my closet with black bows, imitation feathers and sheer skirts.
*Photos courtesy of vogue.com*