Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 Review
It's that time of year again! Fashion month is the time that we get to experience this creative world of fashion in all of its glory. With four different weeks of trend-setting collections, it is important to evaluate each show's stand-out pieces and concepts that will soon enter our own wardrobes. Elsewhere Magazine covers each week in this review series, giving our insights on our favorite collections and beauty looks that were featured on the runway.
Valentino was a dream. When I saw the collection for the first time on Twitter I physically gasped. There was something so completely different about this collection than any other this season. Pier Paolo Piccioli certainly did not hold himself back in his first collection without Maria Grazia Chiuri. Abstract prints, bright pops of pink and Victorian influences were abundant and I couldn't have been more thrilled. Valentino is the collection this season that I am dying to wear - maybe someday!
There's just something about Lanvin. In the first collection post-Alber Elbaz, Bouchra Jarrar knocked it out of the park. She harnessed the brand's sophisticated sex appeal and turned it into clothing that a grunge-obsessed generation would love to wear. Dark, moody and a little bit glamorous, this collection was everything that you would want to wear to play a chic villain (or Bond girl) in a luxurious action flick.
I love watching the Sonia Rykiel runway every season - and this one was no different. Julie de Libran drew on the label's youth and vibrancy to bring boho to streetwear, an iconic combination in my eyes. Combining my two (very opposite) favorite styles, Julie spoke right to my heart. The maxi dress with a thick leather belt? Sold. The mesh dress with bell-sleeves? Yes, please. Consider this one of my favorite collections of the season.
Favorite Beauty Looks
The beauty look at Chloé reminds me of when I first started wearing makeup. No eyebrow product, no mascara, just straight, brown liner on the bottom waterline - oh, the early 2000s. The reason I like it this season - the models' faces were kept bare and youthful, so the smudgy brown liner gives the models' eyes a squinted, dreamy look, perfect for the pieces that Chloé put down the runway this season.
You can probably already guess the reason that I fell in love with this look. Unlike so many other labels, Kenzo is not afraid to play with color. This saturated wash of color ranging from cheekbone to brow bone was stunning on so many levels. Models worked different shades depending on their skintone, and a pop of vivid color on their lips brought the whole look together. This look is not something that would translate to everyday life, but on the runway it was a breath of fresh air.
Whether you're familiar with the Balmain Army, or just know it as the brand that the Kardashians wear often, you know that Balmain is sexy. It is only clear then, that in their beauty look they would not go simple. A smudgy, imperfect smoky eye (as if the model had slept in her makeup) was applied to lids, while bronzer in a warm terracotta tone framed the face. Brows were brushed up and lips were left natural and pouty. Needless to say, this look is one I'd like to rock the next time I go out (whenever that may be).