Chanel showcased an impressive SS19 Couture show this last week which took place at the Grand Palais in Paris. Despite cold and wintery conditions, Chanel transformed the Grand Palais into a summery holiday villa with palm trees and a central water feature.
A variety of A-listers attended and walked for the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week. Including the likes of Actress Kristen Stewart, rapper Pharell Williams who attended and supermodel Kaia Gerber who walked the runway.
Karl Lagerfeld's latest couture collection was classy and elegant, a range of full-length gowns, fishtail hems, Bishop sleeves and fitted silhouettes where carried down the catwalk. Chanel, known for its distinctive boucle fabrics and two piece suites also displayed strong 19th century references.
Chanel produced a mature range of looks, A feminine colour palette of pastel blues and pink hues were mixed with heavily embroidered and floral embellished looks, overall creating a glamorous finish to this seasons SS19 Couture collection.
With much scrutiny following the news that Versace had been bought by Micheal Kors. Versace came to prove everyone that doubted the luxurious brand that nothing has changed and lack nowhere in the level of high fashion. Revealing their Autumn/ Winter 2019 collection with some black, white and red pieces with many bondage-inspired leather straps, it soon after got brighter with a range of hot pink jumpers and jackets, printed badge pins on trousers with striped shirts.
Being as it was Men's Fashion Week Versace like many other brands included some female looks also, gracing the catwalk with her beautiful presence and powerful walk Bella Hadid wore a bondage-inspired look with topstitched and crystal-embellished straps paired with a matching puffer coat.
Continuing with more stunning pieces to hit the catwalk such as silk boxing shorts with the embroidered logo and bold shades. Versace produced a collection that aims to create a conversation about what menswear is today by empowering people to explore and express the various aspects of their character through style choices.
Donatella in her words said, “What I wanted to show in this collection are the different faces of a man, who has gained the courage that he didn’t have before. If I had to find a word that defines today’s men, it would be daring.”
Reflecting on the modern concept of men and challenging notions and stereotypes Versace continues to push the boundaries that everyone is always so delighted to see.
Great British Roots, the new collection by Belstaff for their Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, is presented in the heart of their Belstaff home in Mayfair. The most ideal setting to remind us all of the remarkable story the brand carries.
The collection is the first by Creative Director Sean Lehnhardt-Moore who showcases incredible British designs, evolved and entirely driven by the spirit of adventure.
The staple pieces were displayed in a space of four packing crates, each area with its own focus compass points in reference to Belstaff’s past. Simultaneously a different vibe was in each corner to signify the contemporary growth of the brand.
The first compass point was “Outward Bound” a setting from the 1920s, where Belstaff made protective outdoor gear mainly for traveling and exploring. The second compass was “Dockland” that was inspired by the military/navy, which incorporated a more extreme protective kit, in scenes with ropes, pulleys, and chains. “The Machine Age” being the third compass was encouraged by motorcyclists and equipped drivers, a scene more adventurous and associated with a love for machines. And lastly “Northern Grit” was the final compass point, the setting with the most down to earth functionality with areas in reference to potteries and coal mining.
Garments included a black leather biking cape, thick woolen jumpers, the best quality brown suede coats, cotton and cashmere as well as shearling pieces, knits and hand waxed leather to support Belstaff’s solid brand identity, great materials that capture the modern day Belstaff trademark. The tones supported the industrial influence with blacks, browns, greys, and shades of navy blue, in addition, clothing details in reference to the military uniforms.
The interior and aesthetic of the room also supported that same vibe with a space of autumn leaves, logs, a vintage British motorcycle, and mechanical accents. An environment for the guests invited to really take in and captivate the story of “Great British Roots”. Guests that were present included, Richard Biedel, Stefan Pierre, Craig McGinley, David Gandy, and Oliver Proudlock. All of which who also honoured the Belstaff presentation with incredible style and flair.
This debut for Sean Lehnhardt-Moore spoke volumes in celebrating the brand's British heritage and we believe it’ll be the first of many outstanding collections to exhibit technical innovation, forthcoming development, and beautifully crafted British design.