Jean Paul Gautier
This Spring 2015 RTW collection was truly the end of an era as designer Jean Paul Gaultier announced earlier this year that it would be his final prêt-à-porter collection for his label, and so he ended it with a bang. It full of theatrical exaggeration taking on the theme of a Miss Jean Paul Gautier Paegant, from the wide-brimmed cowboy hats, baggy suit pants, leather gloves and pinstriped suit jackets that opened the show; then Spanish actress Rossy de Palma took the stage before removing her skirt & jacket and walking in a corset, cornrow-clad models in racing car-influenced attire followed with black & yellow dominating; it then returned to chic rain-weather fashion complete with white wellies; moved to beach & party wear with selfie-taking models; transitioned to older female models on the arms of shirtless, jewellery-clad male models in sexy black attire; moved into half-this half-that dresses and suits; and finally ended with a fashionable twist on Mexican wrestling outfits! It sure was one hell of a spectacle!
The Haider Ackerman was an interesting wash of nudes with leather trims and ruffled organzas that really did have me wanting more. There were plunging necklines, playsuits and longline jackets, silk sleeveless blazers and sheer tailing overlays, complete with bleach blonde pixie wigs and waist-cinching belts. It was quite the attitude-driven ethereal dream.
Acne shows are always one for being colourful and fun, so their Spring collection really had something to live up to, and it did. Designer Jonny Johansson sent out a variety of colours, gastronomy silk prints, revealing cut outs, neckline & slits and a lot of leather. It really embodied a SS15 RTW collection well, and I would love to get my hands on some of those pieces.
Commes des Garçons
You say Ready To Wear, Commes des Garçons says ok but let me make this a little bit different to normal prêt-à-porter. And that is exactly what designer Rei Kawakubo did for the fashion label’s Spring 2015 collection. It was much more couture than RTW, and featured crazy & quirky designs in this season’s trending colour, scarlet red. Complete with rose appliqué, leather fringe & ruffled pleats, pointed hooded capes and leather mesh boots, this was one fashion show that definitely grabbed everyone’s attention.
I love retro and old school fashion, and for this show Olympia De-Tan did a perfect collection by merging the two and giving us playful schoolgirl uniforms. “We don’t need NO education” spelled along a chalkboard at the top of the runway, the designer sent out sequins, classic school stripes and military-like buttons, knee-high socks and hats and mini rucksacks, skirt & blazer sets, playsuits and cardigan sweaters, ribbons and Mary Jane heels. It was schoolgirl heaven that makes me wish I were thirteen all over again…
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