After a fashion fury of a weekend at Paris Fashion Week, Stella McCartney opened Monday’s shows in her usual slick style before Giambattista Valli and Saint Laurent followed suit. Plus - just in - Karl Lagerfeld proved he’s got the whole world in his hands at this morning’s Chanel Autumn Winter 2013 show.
Putting pinstripes back on the fashion menu, and maintaining their masculine appeal, Stella McCartney looked to weightier layering and looser fits than has been her prerogative in previous seasons. Plaid bomber jackets and zip-up tops paired with jogging bottoms showed a sportier side, while a hint of lace and a flash of colour brought just the right amount of femininity back to the fore.
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Layering was lifted in a palette of creams, ivories and whites at Giambattista Valli, with fur-trimmed parkas and doubled-up coats, before a move into black introduced poppy print cocktail frocks and luxe two pieces bejeweled with Swarovski crystals. Glorious.
It was an altogether grungier aesthetic that took fashion fans into the night with Hedi Slimane’s second womenswear collection for Saint Laurent sent out to a soundtrack from San Francisco band Thee Oh Sees. A departure from the YSL of yesteryear, the collection saw sheer, black negligee-style dresses topped with unbuttoned plaid shirts and buckles aplenty on leather jackets, biker boots and miniskirts.
And after an early start, Chanel front rowers are just sitting up from their seats having been taken around the world by Karl Lagerfeld’s vision of Autumn Winter 2013. Chanel favourites Edie Campbell, Cara Delevingne and Stella Tennant stomped their way around a giant globe in furry flying caps, technicolour tweeds and chain-decked patent boots. And trust Karl Lagerfeld to pull out the accessory of the season: a swinging globe bag? Yes please!
By Sarah Smith