Paris is the (apparent) fashion capital at the moment after Paris Fashion Week kicked off last week. So far we have indulged in designers such as Balenciaga, Isabel Marant and Sonia Rykiel to name a few but highlights have stepped in from Balmain diffusion line launch via video screenings for their Pierre Balmain range.
Model Abbey Lee. Lee, who has modeled for Gucci, Prada and Versace this season alone will also created the soundtrack for the videos with her band Our Mountain. The collection will include informal women’s and menswear such as jeans and T-shirts as well as evening wear pieces, and be sold in over 700 stores worldwide.
Alongside this Balmain’s main line collection for spring/summer 2012 was feminine but tough incorporating built up shoulders alongside jeweled collar shirts, embellished dresses and monochrome pieces. Fabulous for day wear was the white cotton sweatshirts and floor length pale denim maxi skirts. For evening there was a sharp shift to tiny sequined hot pants, floral brocaded jackets, dresses and tops – some quilted – as well as jewel waistbands on clothing and fringed vests, complete with whit,black and gold stones. Creating a 1980s tone with gold chunky belts and accessories this is set to be a sure fire hit next season.
Brit Gareth Pugh has also showed creating a collection that was more solid, constructed and conceptual than before (if possible). For spring/summer 2012 Pugh kept strictly to his usual monochrome palette caging his models in an array of shoes, dresses, coats, jumpers and tops. Some pieces came equipped with cowl hooded and funnel-neck tops – which resembled something Grace Jones would have thrown on – alongside lattice pieces.
With designers such as Chloe, Valentino, Chanel and Louis Vuitton(amongst others) still left to show their collections.
So far so magnific.