As Paris Fashion Week finally came to a close, the creativity, on the other hand, was as present as ever on the final day. From Allude’s high sophistication to YDE’s Jazz inspired visions and Masha Ma’s female warriors, we were left with a sweet taste in our mouths and a yearning for seasons to come.
Model’s mouths were muzzled with muslin allowing Masha Ma’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collection to speak through hushed artistry; the Chinese designer’s subtle dexterity whispered brilliance. The Hong-Kong born creator sent female warriors down the catwalk, sheathed in robust ruffles and peplum detailing, which were finished with Samurai stitching. Deconstructed garments with lace overlays, ethereal fringes and panelling were tainted in deep navy and black and white, redolent of a Pollock painting. An oeuvre exuding the magic of nightfall, Ms. Ma left us speechless.
Designer Andrea Karg of Allude presented an extremely elegant and precise collection of cashmere apparel. The show began with the intricate weaving of yarn and opulent braids, and slowly progressed to garments with frayed fringes. Details ranged from delicate touches, cinching waists with a single rope, to a dramatic skirt with dangling ropes. Overall, Allude’s new collection was the epitome of pure refinement and innovation.
Copenhagen brand YDE tapped into Jazz culture in order to celebrate the social change occurring in Denmark during the 50s and 60s. Designer Ole Yde designed shiny black tailored pantsuits and shimmering gold ruffled skirts. There were cocktail dresses of satin, and silk tops that could be mixed and matched with other separate pieces. Nostalgic and young, the collection was an ode to the great divas of Jazz.
Paris Fashion Week proved to be the longest fashion week this month, and for good reason. The schedule was extended to give a platform to both legendary and new designers, all possessing unique talents. From the quiet poetry of Yohji Yamamoto, to Leonard Paris’s transformation under Yiqing Yin, from JC de Castelbajac’s artful pieces to Undercover’s haunted fairytale, there was much to relish this season.
Words / Sheri Chiu and Chloe Rash
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