PFW, AW13.

That’s it: Fashion Weeks over for another season. The final week, Paris, has some of my favourite/chicest shows. Cue Raf Simons for Dior, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin and one of my all-time favourites Elie Saab for the final punch of glitz and glamour.

Before I get to the clothes, the Chanel runway itself needs a mention. As though looking at the world from space at night time, tiny LED lights represented real cities across the globe.

Christian Dior
Raf Simons has certainly made his mark on Dior. For his second prêt-à-porter collection, Raf referenced Andy Warhol stating Warhol as ‘someone everyone thinks they know.’ Delicate early Warhol sketches decorated apparel and accessories however this wasn’t what attracted me to the collection.

The classic Dior houndstooth was reworked into bustier tops and feminine suits, leather was the fabric du jour for eveningwear and monochrome ruled with hints or scarlet red and baby pink. These elements created, in my opinion, a sophisticated and elegant look at Dior which every woman should want to replicate.

This is always a show I buzz over and Alber Elbaz certainly didn’t let me down. Sticking to his signature gothic style, this collection embodied Parisian lifestyle with hints of a rebellious, American teen: prom dresses with motif necklaces juxtaposed the fluffy, chiffon shirts and agrees.

This more playful side to the Lanvin girl kept gothic from becoming too dark. Florals made their way onto several pieces and the finale dress, instead of a dark colour, was pale champagne with tiara in tow – again referencing this American Homecoming Queen. As always desirable and impeccably cut. 

Elie Saab
One can always rely on Elie Saab for heavily embellished, show stopping gowns that will no doubt make their way onto every major red carpet. Keeping the colour palette dark, Saab began the show with midi dresses, not dissimilar to a certain VB. But as the show progressed, signature Saab came into play.

Whether heavily embellished, or sheer the standard Elie Saab silhouette ruled the runway and frankly, I wouldn’t expect anything else. Long, figure-hugging and very glamorous are the adjectives used to describe this insanely good collection. Fashion snaps for Elie.

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