Balenciaga was one of the first labels I ever truly loved. I got a ‘chucked in the deep end’ kind of education to high end fashion labels when I started modelling at the age of sixteen, and Balenciaga was one of the first labels I looked at and went ‘oh yeah, I get it.’ (I remember the first collection I ever loved, it was Ghesquière’s spring RTW 2007, with those jewelled science lab goggle sunglasses.)
It’s taken me seven whole years since then to get a piece of my own from the label. I knew I wanted my first piece to be something quintessentially Balenciaga, that I’d be able to wear all the time. So I decided on the Arena Wrap Bracelet. Those riveted Balenciaga studs; you can spot them a mile away. I’m a happy gal.
My god, Paris Fashion Week. I’ll be in you, one day. You are quite possibly the love of my life.
There was way too much going on, and way too fast, to do any kind of overall summary here. So I’ll leave the summaries to my trusty ‘highlights’ section below.
- Mugler – I loved all the interesting cutout shapes, as well as the shoulders, and the stiff curls of fabric that created the most gorgeous hip. The patterned dress that looked somewhat like a skeleton felt like my soulmate (in typical Chloe fashion, show me anything with skulls/skeletons and I immediately love). Also, the opening looks with the white fur weren’t really my taste but I could appreciate exactly how intimately made each of those looks were. So detailed.
- Balenciaga – This is a really uncommon opinion, I’ve seen way more critique toward Balenciaga this season than love. This is probably because of the widewidewide jumpers (common opinion: ‘the models looked frumpy.’), but personally, this collection was exactly my taste. Quirky, inspired by the ’80s, oversized jumpers, shirts and jackets, with pop-culture and scifi references. That’s just me in a nutshell. Also, I’m a huge fan of paper bag waists, and sheer skirts. So much love.
- Carven – The prints at the beginning, the solid colours at the end. The floaty and cutout themes at the beginning, structured, altered shapes at the end. All so very, very good. That muted (paisley?) printed cape and also the bright print skirt need to be in my wardrobe, probably now. Yeah… yeah now. Also: THAT FUR JACKET. YUM.
- Rick Owens – Well it was Rick Owens. Its nothing overly new for the gothic designer, but any Rick Owens design is beautiful crafted and just goddamn fantastic. Always flattering, always layers upon layers upon layers, always out there, always drapey and devilish, always interesting. The collars of those jackets are beautiful, and I especially love the fur on the inside. Those masks (each with subtle differences) are very fucking cool, too. If you want to stand out wearing only black, buy Rick Owens.
- Lanvin – This collection completely confused and overwhelmed me, and IT WAS AWESOME. Bright scifi structured frills! Onto Gothic princesses! Onto a crystals and chainmail fantasy! The all of a sudden, coloured furs, giant jewels, lace, and long coloured leather gloves up to the elbow. Woah. Insane. How good was it? Damn good. Everything, just so good.
- Gareth Pugh – I did really love the strange furs at the beginning, but my love for this collection lays with the collars, layers and structures of the pieces in the second half of the show. Those points are just so damn dangerous… it’s incredibly sexy. My favourite piece was the black leather dress with insane asymmetrical hips (far right on the first Gareth Pugh image). Also, were the shoes connected to the pants, or am I seeing things? If so, I love this collection even more.
Please note this is part one. There’s two more coming, purely because if I made one post it would be far too long. With too many pictures. Which would make uploading the post annoyingly long. Damn PFW, I LOVE TOO MANY SHOWS. Part 2 will be up tomorrow. Have a good Friday! Cx
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These collections are just so. goddamn. insanely. awesome. Prefall collections this year have made us weep tears of joy (and our bank accounts tremble in fear). I hope I never become rich, because it’s all gonna be blown on Givenchy, Issey Miyake and Balenciaga. Like, all of it.
Check this shit out, if you haven’t seen it already (because we’re lazy with blogging aka we’ve been out drinking too much instead):
ISSEY FUCKING MIYAKE
MICHAEL FUCKING KORS
and last but certainly not least, our personal favourite, GI-FUCKING-VENCHY
So all in all: YEAH. We’re almost looking forward for summer to be over so we can wear leather pants, incredible deconstructed coats, and leather gloves up to our elbows. Speaking of what we wear, (its nowhere near as cool as the previous pictures) SWTC have a few collaborations in the pipelines. Keep a lookout for collabs with a number of local photographers and designers! If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook, and our insane ramblings will be delivered STRAIGHT TO YOUR NEWSFEED. We know, crazy right.
C + M x
Right now we love the basics. Black and white. An odd pop of colour here and there, nothing too crazy. Boots and mens shirts and flowing layers and black cigarette jeans. Love and/or sex. Reading a book, because iPads are boring. An enviable lifestyle of restaurants and daily coffee dates, without an income. Cups of tea and studded jackets, literature and believing in yourself, because believing in -ism’s is so passe. Simplicity is wonderful.