I wore Sandro skirt suit with Diesel shirt, Mulberry bag & Pretty Loafers flatforms
Image by Holly McGlynn
You know all my boring banging on about the glorious weather on PFW SS15 day 4? Well on day 5 I got my come up pants as I opened the curtains to be greeted by grey skies and drizzle. As a result, I opted against wearing my slinky but highly uncomfortable leather pencil skirt and the gorgeous but potentially damagable (and most likely worth more than I am) Ralph Lauren leopard haircalf biker jacket I had ready and prepped. Instead I decided to keep cosy in a super cute tartan two piece from Sandro and even added flats for extra comfort. Sadly not the awesome Stella McCartney flatforms, many of which I’d be seeing on her FROW, but faves nonetheless…
Stella McCartney SS15
As you’ve probably gathered, Stella McCartney was my first show of the day, held in the regal surroundings of Place D’Opera. I was pathetically thrilled to discover myself sat on the front row between Pernille Teisbaek and Gala Gonzales, two bloggers I hugely like and admire, and had my iPhone prepped to get snapping the collection. We were promised “effortless movement and a fluid silhouette” to embrace “a strong feminine attitude.” This sounded to me like the very essence of Stella’s brand so I was eager to see how she would articulate this aesthetic anew for SS15. As you may remember, I’ve been lucky enough to meet and interview Stella McCartney on two occasions and was struck but what an incredibly impressive and likeable person she is. To call Stella “impressive” is of course to state the obvious. She has a multimillion pound fashion empire encompassing everything from Met gala gowns to childrenswear, perfumes and sell out athletic gear, all of which is resolutely executed to the highest imaginable standard and sells out in seconds. Balancing this with a having a brood of four and maintaining one of the best bods in the business can’t exactly be a walk in the park so I was surprised and delighted when Stella spent several hours with us on those rainy afternoons (downpour both times) talking through every aspect of her life and work as well as showing a genuine interest in ours. You see, Stella McCartney is a designer who strives to make clothes that help women go about their lives. This consideration shone through her SS15 which married form and function masterfully. Low slung jump suits in crisp cotton featured utilitarian buckles and cut outs in places that don’t require a Gwyneth Paltrow esque lifestyle to pull off. They were beautiful, of course, but also pieces that a (very stylish) working mother could put on at 6am and get the kids to school while wearing before going straight on to the office, to dinner, to a drinks party.
Stella McCartney SS15
Silhouettes came both crisp and fluid, exuding both polish and effortlessness. Long line knitted dresses, knotted and slouchy had “it buy” written all over them and neatly continued AW14 ‘s ribbed knit obsession. Tailored indigo denim, cut to skim rather than cling to the body, and sleekly sporty tanks dresses were styled with chunky chain link jewellery in clear Perspex, flat sandals and slicked back buns drumming home the mood of simple, no fuss elegance. My favourite pieces were, unsurprisingly, the light as air dresses which came billowing down the catwalk in pale checked chiffon and multi print panelled silks. I apologise for finishing with an unbelievably unoriginal pun but the whole show was truly stellar.
Next on my agenda after a much needed tea break (you can take the girl out of london…) was Leonard Paris. I’m going to level with you, I knew literally nothing about the brand but it can be fascinating to go to a show where you have absolutely no clue what the collection will entail. During the wait, which was much needed as my legs were aching, I read up on the press release and started to get excited about what was in store. Blossoming flowers and hand painted prints were apparently on the agenda alongside bright multi colours, all things I can more than get on board with.
Leonard Paris SS15
Firstly, I was taken aback by how contemporary the collection was. I’m not sure why I was expecting it not to be, but the combination of denim and laser cut lace, treated to look almost marble effect and adorned with shiny floral appliqué, came as a surprise to me. I had mixed opinions on the pieces but they were certainly interesting to see and nothing if not extremely original. Then came shimmering sculptural suiting in riotous explosions of colour which didn’t really do it for me but the hand painted prints were exquisite and I was rather taken with the luxe satin palazzo pants and adorable bikinis peeping from open shirts or floaty kaftan esque jackets. I found the mix of quaint prints and ethereal drapery with quasi futuristic silhouettes and dizzying colour combinations slightly strange personally but it was certainly very well done and hugely imaginative, the brand’s designer Yiqing Yin is clearly has a high level of fabric mastery and I can imagine the Leonard Paris woman will go wild for SS15.
I’ve said it before, so many times in fact that you’re probably all fantasising about giving me a sharp slap, but I’ll still say it again; Paris fashion week was so deliciously relaxed compared to New York and London. A lot of the time, I felt as though I’d slipped into some kind glorious parallel universe where all I had to think about was putting on something lovely and wafting between fashion shows and evenings of indulgence. As you can probably imagine, returning to the reality of a filthy flat, mountains of dirty clothes, a gazillion wilfully ignored emails and the horrors of post fashion month expenses was hideous on every level. But I still had a couple of days left to not think about that so off I wandered back to the Marais, stopping off for a leisurely lunch en route. After a quick stop at the CFDA “Americans In Paris” showroom to catch up with my New York pal, Maxwell Osbourne and admire his amazing SS15 womenswear collection (Public School is killing it right now! If you don’t know ’em, you need to) it was on to the Tuileries for my final show, Elie Saab.
Elie Saab SS15
It’s no secret that I absolutely, completely adore glamourous feminine clothes. And few to high octane glamour better than Elie Saab. Watching his SS14 show was a wonderful experience last September and I couldn’t wait to see what was on the cards this time around. Foolishly, I decided to dash out and grab some water just before it began, couldn’t get back to my seat and ended up standing near the photographers. As luck would have it, this afforded me an even better view of what was, of course, an absolutely stunning show. Drawing inspiration from the deep, Saab offered up fluid confections in dazzling shades of turquoise and aquamarine with cobweb lace confections and vivid prints that hinted at coral reefs and marine life without becoming too literal. That was indeed as obvious as his aquatic inspirations were articulated. Immaculately constructed drapery made a subtle nod to the rippling sea while exquisite, glittering embroidery coaxed images of shimmering waters but kept one’s mind firmly on the sartorial beauty right in front of their eyes. Elie Saab is the last designer you’d expect to tap into the collective obsession with sports luxe but he did make a slight concession here by way of barely detectable zip fastenings, swimsuit esque dress bodies and flat sandals, while still remaining true to the aesthetic that’s earned him so many devoted fans. Finishing up with an array of drop dead delectable red carpet gowns, SS15 is another surefire hit from Elie Saab.
Elie Saab SS15
Once the show finished up, to a well deserved round of applause, I pegged it across the Seine to the Roger Vivier presentation in Saint Germain. Roger Vivier is one of the labels I adore above all others and Bruno Frisoni’s collection for SS15 had me in raptures. Reimagining the innovative styles and techniques boldly introduced by Vivier himself, Frisoni offered up an array of playfully elegant and utterly covetable creations that I desperately want in my wardrobe.
Roger Vivier SS15
Only one more Paris Fashion Week diary left to go mes amies! Are you sad too? Or perhaps a little relieved…
Love Ella. X