OKAY. We all need to talk about Cara for Givenchy.
I know a lot of people in the fashion industry dislike her, for, y’know, having a personality beyond a brick wall, but fuck them all, I love her. She have given me so much inspiration by being a personable, energetic model, that likes to have a laugh. She also has my exact measurements, where I’ve struggled to meet “agency requirements” over the years. Models like Cara give me an really loving hope for the modern fashion industry.
Cara bleached her eyebrows for Givenchy SS15. I mean, almost every model did. But Cara’s ‘thing’ is her eyebrows. They are huge, they are rebellious, they do what they want – just like her. And in that show, they are non-existent. And she looks fucking amazong. She looks high fashion, she looks edgy as fuck, she looks incredible. Appreciate.
A woman’s known feature does not make the woman; she is so much more. In the words of Kenneth Parcell, “this mess is gonna get raw like sushi, so haters to the left.”
Recently I had the oppurtunity to assist one of my friends Ryan Kenny on a shoot for the Adelaide Magazine. Now a Sydney boy, he rang me one day asking if I could assist him, and said, ‘we’re shooting that new April girl, the one that signed to Finesse.’ Immediately I was pretty excited. I’m normally never a model obsessor or anything close to it, but I was excited to work with April Tiplady – she had already been signed to IMG within days, everyone knew she was destined for huge, huge things.
The shoot was incredible, she was amazing, the shots looked great.
Yesterday, I was watching the Junya Watanabe show. You may have noticed I’ve been rather quiet with my Fashion Week coverage – I don’t want to be ‘that guy’, but I have been waiting for Paris, because I found everything else underwhelming this year. ANYWAY. I was watching the Junya show, and suddenly a familiar looking face in a red jacket walks out to close the show. And you know what I did? I said internally ‘oh wow, that girl looks like April’. It wasn’t until the lady herself posted on Facebook that she had just walked her first show in Paris, that it clicked. And I punched the air in happiness. I should’ve pieced it all together much quicker – it was only about 3 weeks ago that I was chatting to Finesse Director Brigette Mitchell, and she was telling me that she herself was jetting off to Paris.
image from style.com
Seriously Junya Watanabe. The girl has never walked a show in her life before this one. She walked for one of the most incredible designers in the world, for her first ever show. The girl is a phenomenon. Keep an eye out for this one. Congrats April, Congrats Finesse, Congrats IMG! x
- Comme des Garcon – Just everything. The rotund shapes, the bright wigs with short fringes, the extended hems, the outlines in outlines, and the giant oversize pastel bubble dress. Comme des Garcon never lets me down.
- Jean Paul Gaultier – undone flies, lots of leather in different neutrals, crucifixes, and shirts that look like they have a jumper tied round your waist… but its actually just part of the shirt. Genius. The king of insane does it again. Stand out look was obviously Karlie Kloss, looking like a gothic seductress.
- Junya Watanabe – First off, the hair is my favourite hair out of all of fashion month. So rad. I love the old world print dresses, that completely clash with the new sci-fi orange/purple prints also featured. Fell in love with the strangeness of those jackets and extra cut out pieces.
- Kenzo – Every shade of green ever, really cute felt caps and felt boots in a multitude of colours, cinched waists, and lovely bright prints at the end. I normally don’t like anything with branding, but the branded jumpers (like the one Karlie is wearing, first look) are fairly cute. The set was absolutely incredible, over five levels with models walking down escalators, if there is a video out there, please link me to it because I cant seem to find one!
- Vivienne Westwood – I love the strange muted colours with almost ‘homeless chic’ styling, with pops of bright pinky orange prints. The huge billowing wrap capes were my favourite. Either that, or Dempsey Stewart on a bicycle. God she’s a beauty.
I’ll be posting the last Paris post tonight as well, and tomorrow you’ll see my wrap-up of LMFF. Didn’t get to go this year, but am keeping up with all the fantastic coverage that’s being provided by amazing Australian bloggers.
Hope you had a fantastic weekend! Cx
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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