Paris Goes Back To Black SS17 PFW

Paris Fashion Week proved to be a dramatic ending to fashion month. Kim Kardashian stole the headlines not only for her raucous ensembles adorning each FROW but also due to the multi-million pound jewelry heist that took place at her apartment resulting in a vow from her husband Kanye West to seek revenge. The unfortunate event seemed to play out like a film script, whilst in contrast  a very different kind of drama was taking place on the runway as hundreds of models strutted up and down to showcase designers Spring Summer ’17 collections to their full potential and as usual…. Paris did not let us down!

According to Paris, the color we will be head to toe in this summer is BLACK! At Saint Laurent, Anthony Vaccarello seemed to step into Hedi Slimane’s shoes effortlessly, keeping the same cool, edgy, 80’s inspired theme that saw this seasons collection become a huge hit! Leather, suede and sheer chiffon with puffed and padded shoulders teamed with washed denim and gold lame made for another youthful and extravagant show.

Chloe simply stunned with contrasting soft and feminine lines. Floating cropped trousers, deep V’s and collarless shirts and dresses whilst Dior mixed embroided sheer maxi-skirts with slogan tees inspiring feminists everywhere!!

Balenciaga went bright and bold. Signature oversizing and waist synching with bright stockings made for an exciting runway. Chanel went young and comfortable. Boxy jackets in colorful tweed with matching baseball caps worn to the side, you couldn’t help but wonder if Cara Delevingne had been Karl’s muse for this collection. 

Accessories went colorful and big when the collections were simple. Large earrings hanging from one ear gave a punk feel at Saint Laurent but a tribal feel at Balmain. Chokers are still popular but have developed into elaborate pieces of metal or thick scarves and bags are oversized and clutched in the hand.

Spring ’17 will see us experimenting with clashing fabrics, shoulders…. Big shoulders… and the brightest color pallets we have seen for a while. Subtle tailoring and whimsical chiffon will add the feminine touch to our wardrobes and accessories will be almost ornamental statement pieces that we wear with pride. However, the trend from Paris I am most looking forward to wearing, the one fashion that never goes out of style, the chicest and most fabulous of all is…. BLACK!

More about the Author. Katie Haxton is the owner of personal shopping service KHStyle Constultancy. As a "denim expert" she has worked closely with JBrand and Paige denim and previously resided in LA before moving to London to work with Trilogy, Chelsea.


Ashley Williams SS17 LFW

Held at the Brewer St Carpark, Williams gave an immediate introduction to the tone of her latest collection which in the editors notes had been inspired by her love of late teen heartthrob River Phoenix Set in a late 80’s early 90’s girls bedroom, complete with madonnas bedtime stories cd, tv with built in video player (ah the days before on demand) giant teddybears, candy coloured balloons and the theme tune from Jurassic Park on loop, I was instantly transported to more care free days when the closest you could get to your idol was via a poster from Just Seventeen or Sugar magazine.  Sweatshirts, T-shirts, dungarees and billowing sleeves made their way down the runway adorned with waist cinching belts complete with classic diamante buckles. This was a collection that harked back to the late 20th century as Williams tailoring incorporated charcoal grey box suits and grandma floral prints combined with crystal accessories and wrap around silver shades worth of any laser quest battle. It seemed to be a celebration of her adolescence with many details such as the crystal hair slides worn by many of the models evoking a strong feeling of nostalgia. It was an eclectic collection that left me feeling excited that a new generation would be coveting the classic 'Saved by the Bell’ Kelly Kapowski sweatshirt and Zak Morris baseball jacket and thinking of a time when I used to wish that Macualy Culkin was my boyfriend.  

Teatum Jones SS17 LFW

Fresh from winning the international Woolmark prize Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones created a fabulous collection to the soundtrack of Scotland's human stories. Staying true to the labels ethos of being driven by human narrative the designs were inspired by Scotland's Rennie Mackintosh's early 20th century romantic watercolour paintings of botanic flowers and landscapes combined with late 20th century Glaswegian house ravers whose laser lights created excessive visual geometry. The collection was a vibrant mix of delicate floral satins and toughened paint splattered canvases with geometric jaquard in between. I really loved the collection and I felt that the duo who are often referred to as 'method designers’ completely encaspulated all of the elements they had been inspired by. My favourite piece was this gorgeous structured dress with its leather bust and waist detail in the strong geometric jacquard I mentioned earlier. I liked the the collection was wearable whilst still allowing the designers to showcase their artistry.