Paris Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018

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Maison Margiela

The collected fashion press were encouraged to use flash photography, for the first half of the Maison Margiela show. The dresses, coats and bustiers on the catwalk then transformed from plain black into brilliant technicolour. Galliano also used fabrics not commonly associated with couture. This resulted in sportswear playing a key role, with ski jackets being repurposed into black-tie gowns and bungee cords used as a neck tie to fasten raw silk dresses.

Chanel

Lily-Rose Depp opened the Chanel show in a multi-layered pink dress. The whole collection was magnificent with pastel colours, feathers and just the right amount of sparkle.

Christian Dior

A total of 72 looks came down the runway, mainly in black-and-white. The emphasis was on craftsmanship rather than colour. Highlights were the jacquard evening dress in with gold embroidery, the ivory stain coat with domino design, the black triple organza long dress featuring hand-painted zodiac motifs and the closing look of full-length black cape worn over a black tuxedo paired with a black tulle shirt and tie.

Valentino

So many fantastic looks at Valentino show, from feathered coats, floor sweeping capes, embellished corset dresses, some paired with wonderful colour combinations.

Elie Saab

The show had a modern-day, 1920s Art Deco influence to it. There were bold geometric prints, which were amplified with heavily encrusted embellishment and lavish adornments. Fabrics used were silk, satin, tulle, and lace in pastel shades. The silhouette was further enhanced by feathers, shoulders were accentuated and necklines plunged.

Ralph & Russo

A very beautiful and cutting-edge collection came down the runway. From capes, velvet thigh-high slit, sequined dresses. The colours palette included scarlet red, mustard yellow and pink.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Gaultier took us back the 60s era in a Pierre Cardin inspired show. There were bold black and white looks with graphic avant-garde designs. On show were circular black and a white striped dress in silk crepe and a bi-coloured gown bubble dress in crepe that was cut into strips on the skirt. In all, 51 individual looks in the collection came down the runway.

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Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Highlights

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Saint Laurent

Staged under the Eiffel Tower, the show consisted of short bubble style dresses, one shoulder glitter dresses, fringe boots, embellished bomber jackets for men and leather mixed with lace.

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London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Highlights

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Burberry

Classic Burberry style was reimagined as practical luxurious plastic trenches. The brands uniform style was deconstructed as mini skirts with tops and coats with equestrian elements. You could not predict what would come down the runway on this show. There were neon flashes, faux fur and sorbet lace to Burberry check bomber jackets.

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 Highlights

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Victoria Beckham

All the pieces of Victoria’s collection were highly desirable and wearable. Victoria said backstage “This collection shows the many powers of femininity, how delicacy can be strong.” The palette of colours were dusty rose, lilac and powder blue and vibrant red. Check shirts were worn with light pencil skirts. Oversize shirts were teamed up with wide-legged pants and boxy blazer and slim pants. The new glitter Harper slippers were a highly desirable item.

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