Paris Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2015 – just like New York, London and Milan before it – is not only offering transitional day to evening looks, but many looks that can easily defy traditional seasonal expectations. Today’s fashion world is less concerned with the conventions of dressing and much more focused on comfortable style.
We’ve seen that pants are a very big deal throughout these Spring-Summer 2015 collections, but we were a bit surprised to see a few matador references. These dressier looks reflect the traditional matador second-skin tailoring and, by default, 18th century men’s britches. These elongated versions are sure to have an impact in the mainstream; once the matador trend pops up, it usually sticks.
Bellowing flounce created with draping and oversized ruffles is giving eveningwear some extra drama. But this formality is able to read younger and flirtier than in past seasons due to the textiles chosen. On that note, the dual notes of matte vs. luster, sheer vs. opaque and cinched vs. loose are applied to a myriad of looks giving them an chic, easy allure.
Our obsession with the revisited elegance that is defining the new pant ensembles continues. Voluminous pant silhouettes add an easy sophistication and look as equally on point, if not better, when you start picturing them with cropped fur tops. It’s such a great look.
Don’t think that Paris is only about evening glam. Plenty of funky daywear pieces are shown as designers experiment with everything from color to period silhouettes, even veering into grunge. Paris is having fun and this blast of creativity is quite welcome. Throughout the collections, though, an easy-going approach to dressing dominates.
This youthful mood translates well with shorter hems, especially the late 1960’s proportions. Again, material duality appears in a multitude of looks and when it doesn’t guide a look, surface treatments from pleating to embroideries take over to give the pieces some visual pop.
On the outerwear front, classic with a twist is the name of the game. From wrap coats to trenches to blousons, it is about comfort and style and, of course, a little humor too.
More on Paris next…