Best shows from PFW SS17 Day 3: Chloé, Carven, Balmain and Isabel Marant
Paris fashion week
CHLOÉ: URBAN INNOCENCE
The collection: Urban, simple and effortless sums up Clare Waight Keller's SS17 collection for Chloé. Inspired by the nonchalant French style, tailoring was the key message. High-waisted pants were slouchy and comfortable while suit trousers rode low on the hips. Nautical notes were peppered throughout the collection as seen through sailor ropes, buttons, and of course, the Breton stripe. Shoes on the other hand were sandal heels catering to the Chloè girl who doesn't want to forgo her summer footwear during office hours.
Favourite look: Look 18. Let's call it the updated adult version of the OshKosh B'Gosh overalls we all wore when we were kids. Note: Though modest in the front, it's actually backless.
Accessories: If there is one thing Chloé fans always look forward to at every show, it's the bags. This season saw a new shape and size: A micro half moon saddle bag with a ring handle and a crossbody strap if you prefer to go hands free.
CARVEN: BUCKLE AND BLING
The inspiration: Imagine Madame Carven and her posse in the family manor raiding through the designer's archive and playing dress up with vintage pieces.
The collection: Who would have thought that 'girly' and 'badass' could be used in the same sentence, but that pretty much summed up the Carven SS17 collection — and the buckles and bling that abounded on everything from skirts, jackets and dresses (looks 4, 5, 6, 21, 22 & 23). Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud's inspiration was rendered through vintage print scarf skirts, baby doll dresses, and a Carven crest sequin embellished onto an assortment of tops. Each look was grounded with the the brand's cool girl aesthetic — A-line mini skirts, cargo pants and belt collar chokers.
Buro loves: The transparent plastic trucker jacket, trousers and mini skirt (looks 13, 15, 26 & 37). With monsoon season just around the corner, this is how we want to be battling through the storms sartorially. Bye-bye, cumbersome umbrellas and unflattering raincoats.
BALMAIN: A NEW BRAND OF SEXY
The collection: With Olivier Rousteing's decision to recalibrate Balmain's DNA this season, it's inevitable that the shift would bring about two camps: You either love it, or you hate it. As for us, we love it. Rounding up his troops in soft silhouettes — versus the Balmain mainstay of blatant sultriness — flowing kaftans (looks 22, 60 & 75); soft, diaphanous draping (looks 11, 21 & 31); and lurex, military and satin robes (looks 5, 13 & 41) took the stage — a change that we've been silently hoping to see. The skin-tight provocativeness the French house has exclusively peddled for decades now is frankly, distinctively outdated.
Something you might have missed: Not forgetting Balmain's notoriously luxe factor, the texture of the collection came in the form of snakeskin. On a floor-length trench, a plunging bodysuit and a head-to-toe ensemble (look 19, 25 & 29) — proof of Rousteing's innate ability to whip up the sumptiously deluxe.
All the glitz and glamour: And for those who adore the house for its intricate embellishments, beadings and sparkle, Balmain sure hasn't lost its shine. It's simply packaged in longer hemlines and a subtle allure this time around (looks 69 & 76 to 80). Here's to the new Balmain.
ISABEL MARANT: CLUB KIDS
The collection: The Isabel Marant girl isn't travelling far and wide this spring/summer —but that doesn't mean she's not going somewhere fun. From the upbeat show soundtrack, it felt like she was headed to a rave party. Her attire of choice: Boxy silhouettes softened by frills and ruffles executed in florals, lamé, and noir denim. If you're looking for a show-stopping number, look 27's red-hot chilli mini dress will set hearts on fire.
Try this now: Corset belts still prevail next season. This time, style it such that it's worn at your waistline to give the illusion of a high-waisted bottom (look 3).
Listen up: This one is for the Daisie Dukes fan club: There is no better time than now to give up those butt revealing denim hot shorts for Isabel Marant's high-waisted brief-shorts hybrid (look 19). She's heard our cries for help, and the message here is clear — it's either you go all the way or not at all. Anything inbetween is unacceptable.
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