Paris has always been synonymous with style, and Les Salon Hoche was the place to be for a fabulous showcase of couture in its many guises, as part of Paris Collections.
Fit & Chic Activewear
The amazing pieces that were sent down the runway were perfectly fitted, yet with relaxing and settled
Definitely a brand for those seeking relaxing and comfortable wear, for a dressed down look in a busy city. I personally liked the cost dress, which was very 80s and quite Balmain-like.
Beste Bragg Haute Couture
A contemporary collection consisted of well-tailored and delicate styles mixed with see-through fabric.
This collection was kept mostly white throughout. What would look like wedding gowns for some can be easily adapted as day-to-day outfits. I loved the detailing, especially the butterfly theme – very angelic. In fact, there was a spiritual feel through all of the looks, with a very simple (yet very effective) flower girl hairstyle worn by the models.
Here, I liked the symmetry and the bold patterns – this was quite futuristic clothing (to wear in a spaceship in the future!). I liked the well-chosen colours and combination of patterns, but there was still a simple, avant garde feel. Definitely something I would wear myself.
The Dallas-based couture and bridal gown designers Andre Yabin and Luis Nazario were definitely my favourite of all the Paris Collections shows. I loved their bold decision to showcase the “sunset” range, with fabulous tropical sunset colours. This was bright and vibrant with stunning embroidery work. Although they are evening garments, much of the collection would be perfect for day wear also. The finale gown was a gala/gothic bride but doll-like look. As if from a fairy tale; my best look of all.
I also had my eye on their shocking pink “Chantelle” poncho – one to watch. The poncho could easily be carried and worn the entire year. In the winter, it would work well with a halter neck or wool jumper, matched with some leather pants or dark jeans. In the spring, worn with a white tank top paired with white jeans or tailored trousers – or simply as beach wear over a bikini for those very hot days. This poncho also reminds me of something Iris Apfel could be spotted wearing, along with her very big and bold a la Nancy Cunard-style bangles!