Maison Valentino’s Modern Dancers

Maison Valentino's AW16 Ballet Inspired Collection

Despite wall to wall fashion coverage this past month, it wasn’t until the penultimate day of the final week in Paris that I witnessed my favourite show – Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli for Maison Valentino.

Having studied ballet when I was younger, the design duo’s ode to modern dance brought back fond memories of my time in the studio.  I loved how they styled these tutu inspired dresses with everyday sweaters and simple black leggings, and although this may not be everyday attire, what’s fashion without a little fantasy?  Something now sorely missing from many of today’s street style-centric shows.

The hair and beauty added to the dance themed spirit of the occasion, with British make-up artist Pat McGrath creating these ‘Bare and Beautiful’ ballet ready looks…

Pat McGrath's beauty looks for Maison Valentino's AW16 Paris show.

Inspiring in more ways than one.

See more from Valentino’s autumn/winter 2016 show here

Image Credits: vogue.com / @patmcgrathreal

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Demna’s Balenciaga Debut

Off the shoulder looks at Demna Gvsalia's debut collection for Balenciaga AW16

Yesterday afternoon, Fashion Week’s most hotly anticipated show took place in Paris.  Making his debut as creative director of Balenciaga was Demna Gvasalia, ‘nominal head’ of design collective and label of the moment Vetements.  I was among many fashion followers intrigued as to what this so-called industry upstart would bring to the historic house.

Not surprisingly, given Vetements’ very cool take on everyday casual, there was a distinctly  ‘haute street’ feel to the collection.  But many of my favourite looks were those that played with shape and volume, classic Balenciaga signatures.

I particularly loved the pronounced v-necks of these almost off the shoulder styles, which despite their questionable wearability – I’m sure I would constantly be falling foul of slippage – create a fantastic silhouette.

And talking of questionable wearability, what fabulous boots!

Demna Gvasalia'a debut for Balenciaga AW16 | MODE+MAISON

 

It will be fascinating to see how this less formal, more street-friendly Balenciaga will be received, both critically and commercially.  Will Demna Gvasalia’s ‘reinvention’ of the house, in what is at least in part his (Vetements’) own image, divide opinion, à la Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent?  Time will no doubt tell…

See all the looks from Balenciaga’s autumn/winter 2016 collection here

Image Credits: vogue.com 

A (Stylish) Tale of Two Cities

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

Earlier this year, STYLIGHT created these visual comparisons of the two most iconic Fashion Week cities, inspired by Vahram Muratyan’s  cult book designs. Unfortunately, I came across them after the February shows had already come to a close.   But with Paris Fashion Week now in full swing, it’s the perfect time to share my favourites…

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

A Stylish Tale of Two Cities / Fashion Week

See more of these great graphics here 

Image Credits: stylight