Fashion Friday: Jean Paul Gaultier Bids Farewell To Ready-To-Wear Fashion

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The 62 year old fashion icon announced that his SS15 Collection presented at Paris Fashion Week would be his last of ready-to-wear.

“For some time, I have found true fulfilment in working on the haute couture and it allows me to express my creativity and my taste for research and experimentation. At the same time, the world of ready-to-wear has evolved considerably. Commercial constraints, as well as the frenetic pace of collections, don’t leave any freedom, nor the necessary time to find fresh ideas and to innovate.”
– Jean Paul Gaultier

For his last hurrah, Jean Paul paid tribute to the most influential designers of his 40-year fashion career.

Grace Coddington

A model dressed as Grace Coddington.

Emmanuelle Alt

A model dressed as Emmanuelle Alt.

Franca Sozzani

A dressed as model as Franca Sozzani.

Carine Roitfeld

A model dressed as Carine Roitfeld

Suzy Menkes

Lindsey Wixon dressed as Suzy Menkes

Temporary Tattoos: A Glimmering Trend That’s Here To Stay

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With growing bohemian-style influences from companies like Child of Wild and Free People, it appears that the rustic and glimmering look of temporary tattoos is a fashion trend that’s here to stay. Inspired by the creativity that emerged from music festivals such as, Burning Man and Coachella, the latest SS15 Collections from Milan and Paris have featured painted gold lip rings and metallic foil – emulating lavish jewellery.

There’s something truly beautiful (and cost effective) behind creating your own gold and silver designs. Instead of incorporating these stencils with their wardrobes, people are literally making them part of their body.

So be as conservative or creative as you’d like and long live the endless summer!

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A Fashion Statement Or Feminist Revolution?

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Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld started what can only be described as a “feminist revolution” yesterday on the catwalk to cap off his SS15 Collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Sporting an infamously non-political voice, Lagerfeld has been quoted saying,

“Everything I say is a joke. I myself am a joke.”

And how could we forget his nonchalant dismissal of concerns over zero-sized models, calling them,

“whining’s of fat mommies with bags of crisps.”

Yet, with Cara Delevingne leading the charge with a microphone and Kendall Jenner holding a sign reading, “Women’s Rights Are More Than Alright”, it’s hard to ignore the positive message this stunt portrays, even if it’s meant to be mildly satirical.

Defending his title as the “Master of Fashion Shows”, Lagerfeld used fashion to tap into a subject that is modern and important in pop culture. Our favourite sign was inspired by Emma Watson’s, “He For She” campaign.

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Here’s a short clip from the show:

Paris Fashion Week Day 3: Balmain, Owens and Ricci Must-See SS15 Collections

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#PFW Balmain SS15 Collection

Olivier Rousteing’s SS15 Balmain Army, which included some of the best models in the business, stormed the catwalk for Paris Fashion Week. Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn hit the runway in black leather lattice, and dresses that were long, lean, zip-backed and to the shin. Rousteing also opted for a modern look that gave feminine pants an entirely sexy and powerful spin.

#PFW Rick Owens SS15 Collection

When Kanye West congratulates anyone other than himself, it must mean that person did an exceptional job. After Rick Owen’s show, Kanye congratulated the designer on a tranquil and serene collection.

“Congratulations. It was a beautiful show – very inspiring.”
– Kanye West

With a surprising focus on tulle, Owens showed an emphasis on tabard, A-line shapes, padded waistcoat blazers, and panelled dresses with architectural details.

#PFW Nina Ricci SS15 Collection

Nina Ricci has a reputation as a romantic brand whose backbone is all lace, froth, frills and femininity. However, Creative director Peter Copping, took inspiration from the house’s heritage – when Madam Ricci and her son Robert would create scale models of couture dresses to promote French fashion during the post-war period. As a result, we saw 40s tea dresses and belted jackets worn with penciled skirts.

PFW Day 2: Christophe Lemaire Knows What Women Want

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After serving under big name houses of Hermes, Lacoste, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent and Thierry Mugler, French designer Christophe Lemaire entered Paris Fashion Week showcasing his own SS15 Collection. Many are watching his new venture closely, as his pragmatic approach is one that is equally matched by,

“comfort, style and easy chic.”

We’re excited to see some runway items that can directly relate to everyday urban wardrobes. Here are our favourites from day 2:

Japanese Designer Anrealage Nearly Cooks Models During Paris Fashion Week

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As pressure amounts for any new designer to make their mark, Anrealage designer, Kunihiko Morinaga, tried an original and highly unusual technique by cooking his designs on his models – live during the show. The models, dressed in plain black and white trapeze-silhouettes, and stencil-like cotton and lace outer-garments, walked into a “grill” area, where they stopped to be heated up by intense beam lighting.

In an age where new techniques like 3-D printers thrive to become the cure for common diseases and terminal illnesses, Morinaga’s beam lighting technique left us feeling highly curious about its effects on the models. As the models left the stage, they seemed in high spirits if only slightly overheated – something we hope only a cold shower will fix.

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