French brand Paule Ka is well known for simple, classic design much loved by royalties and celebrities around the world. Serge Cajfinger’s vision of femininity is the epitome of that timeless Parisian chic but each season he manages to reinvent it by adding something new and exciting. This time he gave the brand’s signature bows a new twist and used them to tie the sleeves. This new detail appears on cocktail dresses and blouses, but he also wrapped bows around the waist and collars. The collection also has some youthful and modern elements such as bright colored prints and geometric cuts and features plenty of beautiful A-line dresses, cigarette pants, poplin shirts and spring coats.
Inspired by his mother and her teenage days, Bora Aksu created a very beautiful and romantic collection. He was fascinated with his mother’s style in her boarding school days. He used her letters and drawings as the main source of inspiration which is why the whole show looked so nostalgic, almost as if models walked out of an old family photo album. He also managed to make it modern by using hi-tech fabrics and patching them together into complex collages. We have already seen a lot of patchwork and layering at New York Fashion Week and the trend seems to be very inspirational for many designers this season.
The collection is very feminine with accented waistlines, puffy skirts, bows and ruffled edges, while the color palette ranges from bold red, yellow and navy to pale pink and blue. Hair and makeup are innocent and girly: braids fastened with ribbons and natural pink lips are perfectly matching romantic dresses.
Maria Grazia Churi and Pierpaolo Piccoli created another dreamy, fairy-tale like collection for Valentino. It is inspired by eccentricity and is very colorful and flamboyant. Some of the pieces from the collection are done in black and white and are reminiscence of the beautiful fall/winter 2013 collection with scalloped edges and bows around the neck, but also introduced new elements such as wider collars made from PVC and sequins.
Two motifs are repeatedly appearing in the collection: howls printed on coats, sweaters as well as on winter dresses, and colorful butterflies scattered on skirts, jackets, cocktail dresses and evening gowns. Pieces with the butterfly print were even photographed against the background that mimics the pattern, which looks very eccentric.
The collection features several fantastic little black dresses from elegant, evening ones with sequins to simple models for every occasion. There are some incredible coats decorated with bold prints, which look very warm and cozy and, of course, impeccably tailored full length gowns from black and white to gold and Valentino red.
Alber Elbaz’s latest collection for Lanvin is casual and relaxed, but also very glamorous with even the sportiest outfits looking elegant and chic. Loose silhouettes, menswear inspired pieces and jogging trousers are matched with feminine details like ruffles, bows and high heels.
From sexy pumps and soft, squishy bags to boyish flat boots and fedora hats, accessories are also a fine mixture between feminine and masculine style. The color palette is pretty glum with plenty of black, grey and navy, but with occasional outbursts of red which looks very smart and modern, just like most of Elbaz’s creations.