Déjàvu is an elegant collection from Maral Yazarloo inspired by memories of Middle Eastern textiles.
The collection is bright, bold and feminine - with pieces in fuchsia, emerald, maroon and gold shimmering satin. As well as Iranian influences, pieces reminisced to styles of the pre Tudor England, with simple gowns and high necked dresses.
It is truly the details of embroidered waistbands, gems and skirts that make the pieces special and unique. By focusing on simple, quality detail, fabrics and colours, Yazarloo breaks away from today's throwaway fashion to create something timeless.
Models were accessorises with embroidered headbands with gold plates, complimenting the loose braided up dos created by Toni and Guy stylists.
Paris Haute Couture week has finally ended and we are still mesmorised by the Autumn/Winter collections 2015/16 for the House of Versace, it is still lingering in our minds. We saw the likes of Karlie Kloss on the catwalk during the Atelier show and 19 year old beauty, Kendall Jenner. Kendall strutted her stuff down the runway in an intricate-looking dress, her latest Instagram post has received the most downloads in Instagram history, no filters, no hashtags # or posing or pouting fish lips it seems that authenticity works ! Au naturelle.
Veteran model Naomi Campbell sat beside Irina Shayk and watched the Olympian goddess-type dresses, Greek nymph look and the random sun dance native/pocohontas vibes glide by. Our fave Brit model Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley turned up in a black sheer dress and observed the thigh-high slits, exposed backs, short embellished dresses and sweaters with beads sewn on from the sidelines. The dresses on display streamed down the runway as fast as the dwindling reserves in the Greek treasury, some of the dresses were made of pure chiffon and premium quality lace and as to be expected the Italian craftmanship was second to none.
The Fashion Thirst team was particularly excited when presented with snazzy, flesh-coloured corsets, the subtle yellow silk flowers induced orgasmic cries from those seated behind us and now with the recurring theme throughout Paris fashion weeks, the catwalk was expected to be full of garnish and dressings, in Donatella's case it was 25,000 encased orchids which complemented this youthful, colourful, positive and upbeat collection. Let's hope the Olympian dresses provoke more empathy for the Greek crisis. Let the collection invoke a positive outlook. Opa !
The Daks Autumn/Winter15 collection drew inspiration from the term ‘luxury in motion’ and English motorcycling. We saw the heritage brand make an exciting new change, in this collection Daks has calibrated with motorbike wheels, in order to acknowledge and celebrate the great iconic story of English motorcycling. This collection was built on bold, block colours with a city chic finish. Although there was a reminiscent 60s feel with an implied twist of the 70s, the Daks show was undisputedly modern.
Bikers’ gloves, jackets and shoes made this collection edgy, which strayed away from their usual traditional house check for a more bolder, but cooler aesthetic which saw women and men alike take to the catwalk clad in quilted biker jackets and sixties colour-blocked shifts. The different variations of colours and prints that were used in this collection such as deep red, purple, Prince of Wales check, tulip print, and of course the timeless biker black. Featuring some strong masculine style which was evident in pieces such as the double breasted jacket and matching crop trousers; yet still managing to stay feminine, with some softer more feminine elements which harked back to the chiffons that were seen last season. A tulip print was used in various sizes and colours to counter the leather biker toughness, but most notably on a floor length shirt dresses with deep autumnal tones. Despite having a charming quality, it did dance between fluidity and structure almost effortlessly.
Creative Director Fillippo Scuttti cited the term ‘mode’ as a starting point, the Italian term means movement, evolution and dynamism, which is all captured perfectly in this collection. Quilting was used throughout, red leather jackets lined with cashmere, and on the biker style skirts, gloves and shoes. The men too, were seen donning leather jumpsuits and baker-boy hats.
The forever famous Prince of Wales check did however make an appearance on a masculine inspired, double-breasted jacket and matching crop trousers, which was definitely one of the most striking looks from the collection. The 60s silhouettes echoed the 70s with the models flat-ironed hair, patent boots and jaunty headwear.
The soulful music set the tone for a show that took you back in time with a modern edge. What was very interesting about this arrangement was that it seemed to be the opposite to the traditional portrayal of Daks that we are all used to. Keeping in mind that Daks strayed away from their comfort zone with such different pieces for next season, they still kept some elements that they are known for with the tulip print being one of them.
Halfway through the show, the palette changed from scarlet red and off-white blocks into a paler, more solid one. Towards the end came a set of lengthy floor sweeping dresses that would be better suited to evening wear with an edgier feel, than the usual smart collections we have witnessed in the past and have become accustom to associate with Daks.
Overall I feel the Daks AW15 collection screamed uptown city chic meets utilitarian practicality with the military cap emphasising this, while keeping in line with 60/70s style with the knee-high patent boot, as the models strutted to the beat of motown tunes, it was difficult not to be swept away with the fluid lines of the dresses and the ambiance.