Paris Fashion Week | SS15: The Look De Jour

Where else in the world could serve the final act in this year’s SS15 Fashion Parade quite like Paris.  The city of love, birth place of haute couture, iconic beacon of Prêt-à-Porter (ready-to-wear) collections and the hometown of elegant, chic style: it is little wonder that many fall in love with France’s refined romantic capital and all it represents.

With designers such as Chloe, Lanvin, Lacoste , Givenchy  and Saint Laurent collectively cultivating European style for just over a century,  Paris Fashion Week brings the celebrations to a close with fresh excitement for next year’s most innovative looks.

This year both Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood previewed their collections among their French fellow designers whilst Chloe, Saint Laurent. Lanvin and Givenchy served up their usual tres magnifique pieces for Spring/Summer 2015.

Take a look at our most adored looks from this year’s Paris Week catwalk…

Givenchy

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The Givenchy show at Paris Fashion Week pulled in a whole host of celebrities due to Kendal Jenner’s appearance on the runway. Sister Kim Kardashian, husband Kanye West and their stylish tot North came dressed the part in custom-made monochrome and lace  Givenchy ensembles proving that good style extends beyond the runway straight into the front row. Givenchy merged S&M inspired skin-tight leather, sheer fabrics and lace with elegant lady-like silhouette’s that gave just the right amount of sex appeal in a mostly monochrome palette. Thigh high boots and lace up corsets were contrasted with flowing chiffon skirts and pirate blouses whilst spray-on trousers and leather straps were counter-balanced by  fine tailored long-line jackets featuring ’60s inspired Op-Art stripes and embroidery. Romantic yet edgy, the Givenchy show was certainly one of the most memorable injecting a touch of naughtiness to the event.

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Lanvin

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Alber Elbaz celebrated 125 of Lanvin at this year’s Paris Fashion Week – not to mention his own twelve years’ of service to the brand – with a homage to Madame Jeanne Lanvin’s original designs. Often hailed as the oldest fashion house in Paris, it still remains one of the most forward thinking. Enlisting his celebrity friends to grace the runway, Elbaz dressed Amber Valetta in a Gracian column dress with slicked back hair followed by Edie Campbell in a louche tuxedo. Gently draped pieces with jewels echoed pieces by Madame Jeanne followed by playful yet sophisticated party dresses with a luxe feel in rich jewel colours.

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Vivienne Westwood

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It is easy to see why British fashion house Vivienne Westwood opted to preview this SS15 collection at Paris rather than their home-city of London when you note the distinct influence of the French Revolution on these daring designs. Bodices, bustles, billowing blouses gave her latest runway show a fairytale feel with hooded capes and bonnets made from upturned baskets providing her usual kooky signature. Rich in colour and pattern Westwood borrowed from history to create her contemporary look for the upcoming season with plenty of that not-forgotten punk attitude.

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Chloe

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Clare Waight Keller’s  latest offering from Chloe was nothing short of poignant as Chloe’s founder Gaby Aghion sadly passed away at the weekend in her Paris home, aged 93.  Staying true to the essence of the Chloe brand, the SS15 collection was feminine, free spirited and charming. Soft suede shorts and tailored Utilitarian jackets walked alongside poised silhouette’s of billowing chiffon, Grecian ‘Goddess’ dresses and pretty crochet pieces which had a refreshing Bohemian feel which would not look out of place at a summer wedding or European break. Pastel green’s, peach, dusky blues and mustard yellows created a sensual yet polished couture look that would have certainly made Gaby Aghion extremely proud of her legacy for style.

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Celine

 

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Stella McCartney

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Stella McCartney’s SS15 collection experimented with shape this year with flowing parachute style dresses, dipped hemlines and knotted sandals for an ultra-chic ‘new silhouette’. Hand-crafted necklaces, printed organza and patchwork prints worked in her favour as models such as Cara Delevingne wore her pieces with grace and attitude .

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Saint Laurent

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Hedi Slimane’s take on 1970s psychedelia and rock’n'roll for SS15 is sure to see these Saint Laurent pieces snapped up quickly due to their casual wear-ability. Cara Delevingne took to the catwalk in front of a crowd of music heavy hittters including Lenny Kravitz, Lou Dillon and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo of Daft Punk sporting a Saint Laurent’s suede cropped jacket, leather skirt , neck-scarf and floral print skirt. The ultra-mini hemlines of leather mini’s, tea dresses and distressed denim Daisy Duke’s seemed to be a running theme paired with 10-denier tights, animal prints and silk scarves for a Woodstock meets Studio 54 edgy look.

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Photo source: Vogue.co.uk

 

Oakley Enduro sunglasses at Red Hot

The Enduro frame is the latest collaboration between Oakley and champion skateboarder and snowboarder Shaun White. Merging the world of extreme sports with rock’n'roll icons, screen stars and innovative Oakley technology, the Enduro frame for thrill-seekers with a rebellious urban edge.

Crafted in Oakley’s signature lightweight O-Matter with refined metal accents, UVA/UVB protected state-of-the-art lenses, curved comfort-fit earstems and a classic vintage-look design, the Enduro frame is made to outlast the elements as well as trends. Featured in several colour-ways with numerous Special Edition models, the Enduro frame is one of Oakley’s finest eyewear achievements with plenty of Shaun White’s devil-may-care attitude.

You can shop our collection of Enduro frames right here at Red Hot.

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Milan Fashion Week | Grand Finale

Milan Fashion Week had plenty to offer this year with the most dramatic runway shows, most detailed pieces and strongest looks around proving that the ethereal city is still one of the biggest and best fashion capitals in Europe. 

Italy might well be the birthplace of luxurious high fashion- not to mention some of the world’s most iconic designers. From Prada to Miu Miu, Versace to Valentino, Emporio to Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana to Gucci, Ferragamo to Fendi, and Balenciaga to Bvlgari; the beautiful and ancient city of Milan guarantees colour, opulence and attitude. With a decorated guest list that reads like a who’s who in the world of esteemed fashion, Milan Fashion Week sets the trends for next season with romantic ready-to-wear pieces and the finest haute couture known to man and woman.

An unlikely style icon this year was Barbie. Jeremy Scott – who has been collaborating with Linda Farrow – created the dream wardrobe of fashion’s 6 inch starlet in full size for Moschino. With Barbie’s accessory closet, it came as no surprise that sunglasses featured heavily! However, most designers this year played with the idea of ‘couture casual’: chic, pared down everyday-wear for SS15 seems to be the look-de-jour for Spring pushing the ‘norm-core’ look with a little more style and panache.

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Why not check out our favourite looks from Milan Fashion Weeks’ hottest designers including Dolce & Gabbana’s stunning closing show….

 

Salvatore Ferragamo

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Ferragamo’s SS15 collection was in abundance with prim sculpted dresses with bandage detail and clean lines. Paired with clumpy wedge sandals and signature Ferragamo shades, tones were neutral with subtle flashes of spring yellow, orange and blue.

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Giorgio Armani

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Shimmering, shining and flowing with ethereal glamour, Giorgio Armani’s latest collection takes inspiration directly from the sea, sand and romance. Beginning the show with a short film starring a mystery other-worldly couple, the sound of calm waves lapping up a deserted beach echo in the ears when you glance at Armani’s softly hued pieces. Sheer draped fabrics created jellyfish-esque movement and the look of scaled fishtails whilst tailored jackets and woven fabrics bring things back to land.

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Bottega Veneta

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Bottega Veneta capture the essence of delicate and feminine ballerina’s with their SS15 collection. Soft knits, leotards, flat pumps and belted cardigans created the look of ‘the dancer’ whilst barely-there sequins and beads gave a touch of on-stage glamour. Flirtatious hues of oatmeal, dusky pink and baby blue gave a youthful, girlish charm with fabrics that worked with the body, rather than against it, to create beautiful elegant silhouettes worthy of a spotlight. 

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Versace

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Versace is perhaps best known for its’ bold, unapologetic flashy style: the rebels of European fashion. Yet this year, Versace went for sexy sashaying mini-dresses with bold prints and bright colours and aysmetic cuts as a welcome change to the usual hallmark style. Studs, buckles and the Versace print still featured but with a fresh new angle of Sixties shifts, M0d-cool and clean, contemporary lines. Clashing pastel and primary colours really popped on the runway with a slightly softer sporty feel proving that not all that glistens is gold.

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Dolce and Gabbana

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Closing this year’s Milan Fashion Week, one of the most revered Italian designers played heavily with the Spanish influence on the picturesque island of Sicily as an ode both to Italy  and all it represents. This year’s pieces serve as a continuation of last year’s regal floral look with plenty of bejewelled dresses, flower prints, lace and embroidery. The undertones of Spanish royalty, Renaissance fine art and Matador accents are bold and bright in red, black and white contrasting with polka dot flamenco skirts, fringing and gemstones.

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Photo source: Vogue.co.uk

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