“The Dia Diaries” Paris Fashion Week Review

BALMAIN

Olivier Rousteing is always a man to celebrate the curve, his RTW collection this season decorated with chiffon ruffles, peek-a-boo cutouts, lattice like sheaths studded with marvelous jewels and to top it all off, the ultimate juxtaposing of caramel and suede. We love the bold shoulders, gold collars and ruffle trousers- like a classy and upscale éclair! Heart – be calm.
 
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MAISON MARGIELA

Some say Galliano aimed at parading a subtle and soft-core society version of walking dead with violently torn floral skirts, rose print splinters on metallic ad shattered mirrored breastplates; and contributing to that was KISS make up. But it doesn’t end there. He then presented an extended array of gowns that bust the fierce disproof of what is commonly known as comfort. The fabulous defiance of such is a trademark of classic eveningwear re-envisioned as a collapsed evolution.
 
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DIOR

When Simons talked about the future, he said “A fragment of what is to come,” and that is exactly what we saw in there. Took us a while to get over the extravagant floral monument set up for the catwalk, but eventually baffled by the blend of simplicity and eroticism in something as basic as white cotton clothing. The fragile finery was definitely a moment that will be cherished in the fashion history for years to come!
 
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BALENCIAGA

We watched Alexander Wang bounce through the runway trying to film the crowd on his way through his last show for Balenciaga; and couldn’t help mention how he called this his ‘love letter to Paris’. Known for his street-wear chaos, Paris saw a whole new formal side to him this fall. Slip dresses, camisoles, ruffled satins, lace sheaths – fifty shades of white! And of course the signature Wang, with an edge- carpenter’s pants and dungarees, looked so chic on the angels. Clearly, this is just the beginning, we say!
 
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HERMÉS

Known for the superiority of materials and design, the debut designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski opened up a show of piercing and soft charm assorted with contemporary references. We witnessed the Hermés woman cladded in effortless styles of both stilettoes and sneakers yet the power of command was inevitably noticeable.
 
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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

If we had to pick, this would be it. Sinous silk dresses with the ruffled necklines, degradé silver embroidery and Huguenot gardens blossomed over the silk taffeta; romance was born again. The tattered lace crafty flattering the body in the shadowy essence of this collection, there was a moment of forlorn splendor.
 
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CHANEL

After the tasteful casino, supermarket and brasserie, Chanel has landed the exquisite terminal at the Grand Palais. Fortunately, we didn’t have to witness ill fitted track-pants and filthy blouses, instead it was a treat to the eyes with zipper fronts, tied layers and knots at the waist. Quilted classic wheelie Coco cases, box prints, flyaway skirts with arrival letter tiles and Birkinstock-kind sandals and painted aviators, and the sumptuous irony of the week before scandal was fulfilled! Bon Voyage uncle Karl!
 
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LOUIS VUITTON

Nicolas Ghesquiere, leading man of the renaissance of the brand for monogrammed leather bags, painted the runway with a futuristic feels in rich leather and metallic for the fall. Bubble gum pink biker jackets, patterned skirts and chucky black platforms, there was also a glimpse of shiny mesh tank tops, silver sequin appliques on mini dresses and bubble skirts – the perfect ‘Digital Bohemia’
 
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Written by: Roshni Raj (The Dia Diaries Paris Contributor)
 
CHANDIA BRENNENChandia Brennen is a Certified Image Consultant and CEO of ItsGood2bME Fashion Consulting and Image Management based in Los Angeles CA, Chandia has been in the Fashion industry for over four years. She has worked for dozens of publications and holds the title of Senior Fashion Editor in both LA and NY. Chandia is a fashion scout for a Design Agency in NY and Brand Ambassador for HairEverywhere Luxury.


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