Fashion Week can be a time of excited discovery or, on the other side of the spectrum, a saddening expression of misled inspirations. Every show poses the equal chance for an innovation-induced high or a long-awaited rush for the exit. This season I returned to Paris Fashion Week for a closer look at the latest designer collections; and here are my notes on the ones I loved the most from the Spring/Summer 2016 runway.
Since launching in 2012, Gauchère has transitioned from being a label to watch into the consistent tastemaker they are today. With German designer Marie-Christine Statz at the helm, each collection maintains a distinctly fresh-French aesthetic, in a way that’s both natural and effortlessly elegant. For her Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Statz incorporated masculine elements into a range of soft, feminine prints and fabrics for a smart lineup of light-meets-heavy looks with a hint of sportswear.
The Fall-Winter 2015 season proved quite dramatic for Paris Haute Couture Week, where couturiers gathered to send out detailed look after detailed look onto the catwalk. Mastering the balance between classic refinement and assertive luxury, the collections of Georges Hobeika, Ralph & Russo, Tony Ward, Rami Al Ali and Yiqing Yin continue to stand firmly as this season’s highlights, as I reminisce on my favourite collections.
For Spring/Summer 2016, the designers at Paris Men’s Fashion Week have combined utilitarian fashion with editorial aesthetics, blending artistic interpretations with sportswear accessibility. I teamed up with London-based fashion illustrator Megan St. Clair Morgan to highlight a few of my favourite collections.