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5 Beauty Trends: Paris Fashion Week

As one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris did not disappoint during fashion week. From the designs to the drama off the runway, the city ensured that all eyes were on it for one week. While the collections certainly captured our attention, we could not ignore the various makeup looks that models sported down the runway. We take a look at five of the top trends from Paris Fashion Week.

Girly
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Chanel

Models who walked for Rihanna’s Fenty X Puma collection showed off holographic pink highlighter and doubled-up lashes that gave off a doll-like look while their temples sported blusher with the help of the ‘draping’ technique. Chanel went with a similar theme where models sported low-slung side ponytails and baseball caps that were worn at a jaunty sideways angle. To cap off the look, was pink lip gloss.

Disco Lips
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Maison Margiela

While Fendi captured the audience at Milan Fashion Week with glitter lips, Maison Margiela brought it to Paris. Acne was another brand that adopted the trend though it went with a striking holographic gunmetal blue shade. The hue caught the light and was paired with thick, brushed brows, matter foundation and just a hint of under-eye highlighter.

The New Smokey
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Dries Van Norton

The smoky eye look was turned up a notch at Dries Van Noten and saw eye shadow applied across the bridge of the nose for a shimmering mask. To enhance the effect of the eye shadow, the area immediately beneath was lightened. At Vivienne Westwood’s unconventional show, metallic shadow was applied to the inner eyes and bridge of the nose for a hollowed out effect.

French Girl Beauty
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Balmain

Loose curls, a matte base and just a smudge of liner under the eyes gave the models at Chloe (Main Picture) that laidback Parisian look that the brand is known for. Another fashion house that embraced sophisticated French beauty was Balmain with matte skin, soft taupe eyes, nude lips and a dash of highlighter that provided a carefree and glamorous evening look.

The Red Eye
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Kenzo

Paule Ka chose to match cherry-stained lips with the eyes to bring about a tropical look. Over at Kenzo, the rulebook was thrown out the window by teaming statement red lipstick with a theatrical red eye for a greater impact.

5 Runway Highlights: Paris Fashion Week SS17

It was a week filled with designer debuts, endearing expectations, and simply fearless fashion. As Paris Fashion Week closes this week, we highlight the five top trends from the spring/summer presentations in the city of lights:

See-through

We may not get transparency from nation leaders and corporations but our wardrobes have no such shortcomings. Among the see-through mavens were three of the highly-buzzed designer debut shows of the week.

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut at Dior (above) presented a series of gossamer lingerie tulle dresses. Meanwhile, Anthony Vaccarello delivered bra-less sheer tops and a mono-boob dress that exposed a single breast. Bouchra Jarrar’s Lanvin debut was more restrained and elegant, with a couple of bedroom/party-appropriate lingerie dresses.

Newcomer Neith Nyer and veteran stagers Carven, Rochas, Y Project, Vionnet and John Galliano at Maison Margiela all got in on the act too.

Gender Flux

Fashion has embraced androgyny and challenged gender stereotypes over the last few years. This week, transgender models turned up on the catwalks for Neith Nyer, Y Project, and Koche. Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne evoked gender flux in a show inspired by 1960s sexual liberation, which seemed to fit in seamlessly in Woody Allen’s 1972 film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.

A model presents a creation for Chloe during the 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on September 29, 2016 in Paris.BERTRAND GUAY / AFP © BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

One Bare Shoulder

Blame it on Hedi Slimane for resurrecting the 1980s trend with his final show for Saint Laurent, the now notorious love-it-or-more-likely-hate-it 1980s super-bling “bat-wing” shoulders collection. His successor Vaccarello didn’t exactly imitate the excess part, but did gave the off-the-shoulder part his own interpretation.

The “one bare shoulder” was translated to a floaty bohemian look at Chloe (above), and Barbara Bui’s shiny vinyl variant.  The trend was also spotted at Mugler, Wanda Nylon, Vionnet, Isabel Marant, Haider Ackermann and Yohji Yamamoto shows.

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Frills

Frills are flourishing, despite the triumphant march of the minimalist brigade in the industry. Young Ukranian brand Paskal used frills as a contrasting accent to the otherwise minimalist collection, while Japanese street avant gardist Junya Watanabe folded frills into this geometrical origami creations. Anne Sofie Madsen, Andrew GN, Alexis Mabille, Lanvin (above), and even street-favorite label Off White also went the frilly direction.

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Converting Japanese

Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto, and Comme des Garcons led the pack of an ever-expanding brood of Japanese designers participating in Paris Fashion Week, including Undercover, Junya Watanabe and Anrealage.

However, the influence of Japan on Western designers has been indisputably strong. Young talents Terra, Paule Ka’s (above) Alithia Spuri-Zampetti and Liselore Frowijn cited their trips to anime-land as the key to their collections. Japanese aesthetics and techniques were also widely seen on the catwalks.

 

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5 Fall/Winter 2016 Fashion Trends

The new season will soon be upon us and it is time to start thinking of another wardrobe update. Straight from the runways around the world, we explore the five trends that are set to be big for women’s fashion this fall. For fall/winter, the brands brought out designs such as long-length pieces with various finishes.

Chic Pleats 
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Maison Margiela

The pleated skirt this summer has paved the way for pleats to be worked into long and short skirts, dresses and tops. From Maison Margiela to Diesel Black Gold, Valentino and Bottega Veneta the trend was used in various forms to highlight a sensual vibe in the designs. Over at Issey Miyake, the brand showcased two new technical procedures that boosted the fluidity of movement, creating an array of optical illusions.

Spotlight on shoulders 
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Christian Dior

The shoulders are the stars of the season, in case the off-shoulder summer trend has not given you a better hint. From asymmetrical tops and dresses to cuts that leave the shoulders entirely bare, fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Elie Saab, Mugler, Anthony Vaccarello, Ermanni Scervino and Alexander McQueen are leading the way. Other designers chose to keep shoulders covered but structured in designs that exaggerated the eighties styles such as Saint Laurent and Jacquemus.

Silky soft fur 
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Moncler Gamme Rouge

Where some brands are steering clear of fur, others chose to showcase the material in various colors this season. From brightly colored, autumnal and sophisticated white, fur was a favorite for several designers. Labels such as Moncler Gamme Rouge featured it on collars, coats, skirts and even hats making it the pride and joy of the collection. At Paul & Joe as well as Valentino, fur was seen in multi-colored pastel shades while Saint Laurent saw the material in bright red. Over at Chloé, fur was featured in electric blue while Fendi simply embraced fur in its designs as always.

Sheer, floaty fabrics
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Alexander Wang

The springtime vibe was seen in dresses that were lighter and floatier, becoming almost transparent. This season’s gowns are a simple veil, with super-fine fabrics, sheers, embroidery and netting hinting at the female form for a sensual rather than sexy effect. This trend was seen at Sonia Rykiel, Giambattista Valli, Valentino, Andrew GN, Chalayan, Dolce & Gabbana and Alexander Wang. The season’s hottest look sees a very lightweight dress worn with a long, heavy coat.

Prints go wild
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Roberto Cavalli

They never really left the building so it is no surprise that prints will be back in a big way this season. They’ll be seen in touches here and there, like Kenzo’s tiger-print collars, as well as in full-on animal-print ensembles. In the fashion jungle, Sonia Rykiel opted for python print, Givenchy mixed python and panther motifs, and Dior went for leopard. Blumarine brought animal-print to accessories, along with Roberto Cavalli.

Insight: Why So Few Female High Fashion Designers

Recent times have moved feminism beyond the bra-burning fringes to a full-on topic of social commentary and activism. Remember Chanel’s Spring 2015 runway show? The big march of thin models in high heels, waving protest signs that said ‘LADIES FIRST’, ‘HISTORY IS HER STORY’ amongst other silly syncopatic phrases, clad in Karl Lagerfeld’s personal take on Coco Chanel’s legacy. That season’s show sent a tremor through the industry: here was Lagerfeld saying ‘let’s get political’ while essentially treating the issue as a fad by sending a meaningless faux protest down the runway of one of the world’s most influential brands, albeit with nice clothing. The facts are plain: in the established gender dichotomy, women have been exploited by men to social, political, and economic ends. In fashion, we can say this with much less pedantry: male designers are telling women what is beautiful and therefore what to wear.

Phoebe Philo’s designs for Céline, Claire Waight Keller’s for Chloé and Julie de Libran’s for Sonia Rykiel have earned consistent praise for their ‘wearability’. That’s not a dirty word suggesting pedestrian clothes – what it means is that their designs are for women who live, work, play, and travel in, using it as the proverbial armour against the world. The shared beauty here is that these creations are pieces of clothing made by women for women, that understand that the expectations and standards of feminine beauty are often unnecessary and restrictive. The ladies thus offer us a liberated beauty.

While men may understand cut and fabric, there is the unavoidable political whisper of the male gaze. Thierry Mugler, Gianni Versace and Hervé Leger’s skin-tight dresses, for example, highlight the powerful feminine sexuality yet can’t be rid of the societal expectations of it to please the masculine. The psychological freedom from clothing designed by women, then, is that its celebrations of femininity and sexuality come from common ground that says ‘we know what we want to wear.’

Luckily, we have stalwarts of women in fashion to look up to. Miuccia Prada has been helming her brand since 1978 and shows no signs of stopping. Consuelo Castiglioni built up Marni to celebrate maximalism and considered excess. Diane von Furstenberg took sexy back and wrapped a dress around women to flatter the body. Rei Kawakubo made Commes des Garçons her cerebral and experimental laboratory where beauty has never had a fixed definition beyond variety.

Gladly, societal attitudes are in motion and change, and women are taking a louder and more visible fight for equality. A slow march, but movement nonetheless. The end goal of fashion remains the same, of course. We want it to make us dream of beauty we never thought possible; to keep looking towards the new, the creative, the exciting. Wouldn’t it just be nicer if more women were telling us how?

This story was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Chloé Fall 2016: Dance of Desire

“My fall collection is influenced by the athletic nature of dance, and a sense of fluidity and movement,” explained Clare Waight Keller. She’s been the creative director at the French fashion house Chloé since 2011, and she’s helped to keep the brand’s vision of women’s clothing – wearability, luxuriance, airiness, flow – on the straight and narrow. Even now, just coming off summer’s Sun 2016 collection, for Fall 2016, she’s still holding to that course.

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Yet, beyond the flowing lines, effortless feel, and sense of grace, Keller’s also found a way to anchor it down with a playful sense of contrast. Breezy dresses and vibrant ephemera (kilim carpet jacquards, velvet, and mosaic floral silks) are pushed up against touches like washed denim or track pants. Silhouettes follow from every stage of a dance – from studio warm-ups to onstage performances.

In terms of colors, rustic, earthy tones of terracotta, ocher, burgundy and chocolate brown are matched with lighter shades of grey and blue. An equally scattered sense of playfulness works its way into the accessories: two-tone fold-down boots, wedges with shearling detail, and the iconic “Drew” and “Faye” handbags decorated with geometric patchworks of suede and python. The whole collection emanates an easy slackness.

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All this makes for a collection marked by feminine and completely trans-seasonal apparel. Fall’s Chloé Girl is the look that’s hard to beat.

Chloé: Road Trip Style Spring/Summer 2016

Road-trip Romantic seems to be the primary vibe on show with Chloé’s spring/summer campaign of 2016. You know that feeling: the motorcycle escapades of Che Guevara, the perpetual escape of Jack Kerouac and the Beats, or the gonzo drug-addled manic travelogues of Hunter S Thompson. With American photographer Théo Wenner, and ‘Chloé girls’ Annemarieke van Drimmelen and Dimphy Janse, the Sun 2016 campaign captures billowing and exuberant youth in summer shades and floaty dresses, tracking the two carefree models in a visual-trail through the stark landscapes of New Mexico, the Saguaro National Park and Tucson, Arizona.

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“For this exclusive Sun collection, I imagined bare-shouldered girls in breezy sundresses and blouses, with flyaway drawstrings at the wrists and necklines, alluding to an intoxicating feeling of sun-drenched insouciance,” said Clare Waight Keller, creative director of Chloé. It definitely shows. The 14-piece capsule has floaty smocked dresses, folk-inspired tops, baggy silk or cotton trousers with paisley prints, and lace-up espadrilles. Blue and white. Sky and sun. Overall, the style speaks to a certain kind of boho-chic. The type of people who just can’t stop moving, always changing things around them while always being themselves. The whole array of designs are available exclusively from Chloé stores and at Net-a-Porter.com starting April 15.

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To track the models on their perpetual holiday courtesy of Chloé, click here.

Chloé Fall/Winter 2016 Collection

An eclectic mix of soft feminine pieces and leather biker jackets, Chloé’s Fall/Winter 2016 showed the best of both worlds. Using its signature color palette, the designs saw materials such as chiffon and shearling make an appearance on the runway in the long sleeve dresses, capes and knitwear. To find out more about the collection, head to L’Officiel Singapore.

10 Trends for Spring/Summer 2016

With winter winding down and spring making its way to us, it is time to think about switching out the winter wear for lighter looks. We revisit 10 of the biggest trends from the ready-to-wear collections on the runways to make things a little easier as you do a wardrobe cleanse for the new season. If you are in a more tropical region, Spring/Summer 2016 looks might work the whole year through and you might have already started.

Leather

One material from winter that will live on into spring is leather. From skirts to dresses, jackets and even tops, leather will be cropping up in an array of colors. Brands such as Burberry Prorsum, Each & Other and Vionnet sported biker jackets while Trussardi showcased a yellow leather dress. Keeping up the trend of colorful leather, was Barbara Bui who rocked leather trousers in both black and pink.

Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

Sheer Sensuality

Subtle sheer fabrics were another major trend to be seen for spring/summer 2016. Soft and sensual fabrics dominated at Givenchy where only certain parts of the body were shown. Similarly, Nina Ricci, Missioni and Akris sent models down the ramp essentially topless save for dark and sheer veils.

Missoni

Missoni

Color Kaleidoscope

There is no single stand-out color trend for this season. Brands brought a wide range of shades to the SS16 catwalks, from vivid hues (candy pink at Emporio Armani and almost fluorescent colors at Polo Ralph Lauren) to pastel shades, which were popular with almost all labels. Autumnal tones were spotted too, with camel and gray at Daks, as well as black and white combos at DKNY, Costume National, Margiela, Carven and Balenciaga. However, one noticeably popular color for the season is silver, with Iceberg, Jeremy Scott, Loewe and Iris Van Herpen showing this metallic shade in matte or iridescent versions.

Loewe

Loewe

Spring Stripes

While some labels rocked sailor chic – an ideal look for spring/summer – most opted for multi-colored stripes in sometimes psychedelic combinations. Whether vertical or horizontal, wide or super-fine, stripes of all kinds were seen on summer dresses, skirts, tops and pants in catwalk collections from the likes of Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo and Dolce & Gabbana. Max Mara splashed stripes in yellow and white, Rochas went for oversized bands and Issey Miyake turned lines into waves.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Pop Prints, Quirky Patterns

Designers brought cartoons, drawings, pop prints and quirky slogans to the most feminine of ensembles this season. Jeremy Scott stamped garments with huge cartoon faces, while Lanvin rocked handbag and stiletto motifs and Giamba (Giambattista Valli) used a cheeky lipstick print. This trend offers a contrasting alternative with the season’s sensual and chic ensembles.

Lanvin

Lanvin

Boho-Chic

Womenswear also gets a stylish yet romantic, carefree and bohemian vibe this season, with jumpsuits, skirts and dresses with long, floaty cuts, in light shades or powdery pastels. This look was seen at Chloé, Paul & Joe and Giambattista Valli but in a fairly minor way. Tommy Hilfiger takes things further, matching boho looks with beanie hats, trainers and sunglasses with colored lenses.

Chloé

Chloé

Festival of Fringing

Last year’s fringing will be back in a big way for spring/summer 2016, with summer festivals offering strong inspiration for clothing and accessories. Key pieces will be finished in leather and, in particular, suede. MSGM, Roberto Cavalli, Carven, Balmain and Barbara Bui all brought fringes to various items in their womenswear collections. Balenciaga stood out from the crowd with fringed handbags.

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Pajama Party

Last season’s pajama trend is even hotter for SS16. Dolce & Gabbana showed off pajama suits with characteristically big flower prints. Blumarine also used flowers as a more discreet addition to its oversized pajamas. Paco Rabanne opted for a lingerie-inspired look, rocking underwear as outerwear with a sportswear feel.

Blumarine

Blumarine

Military Detail

Although less present on the spring/summer runways than for autumn/winter 2015, military detail will continue as a trend for spring. As well as details such as chains and double-breasted cuts, the military look brings khaki shades to this season’s collections, with army greens seen at Rochas, Guy Laroche and Chalayan. Note, however, that camouflage is nowhere to be seen this season.

Chalayan

Chalayan

Short Styles

While skirts keep legs at least partially covered this season, shorts are sure to show them off. Several versions are in line for SS16, with loose-cut shorts and mini shorts at Giorgio Armani or frayed cut-offs at Alexander Wang. Paul & Joe kept things casual with laid-back denim shorts.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Paris Fashion Week Runway Shows to Watch

The first week of March is going to be a busy one for Paris, and not just for fashion week. Following the numerous changes in major fashion houses, those in the know are waiting with bated breath on the announcement of new creative directors and for what newcomers will bring to the global stage.

Of the new designers announced in the line-up, one name that stands out is that of Dutch designer Esther Louise Dorhout Mees. She started her eponymous label Dorhout Mees, barely six years ago and has since caught the attention of the industry through her sophisticated designs and feminine collections. Her designs feature geometric shapes, prints, luxury fabrics such as silk and structural effects created by carefully placed folds and superimposed layers. France’s ready-to-wear ruling body Fédération française du prêt-à-porter, has scheduled this highly anticipated show for March 6 on its provisional schedule.

Though not a newcomer to the Parisian runway, Koché is still considered another relatively new name to the line-up. This second showing after a sensational debut Paris show will feature founder Christelle Kocher’s use of street culture, artisanal skills and techniques. Her keen use of new technologies gives rise to stylishly eclectic and high-quality collections. Paris Fashion Week will see the label present its autumn/winter 2016-2017 collection.

Lanvin, the oldest Parisian fashion house still operating today, saw creative director Alber Elbaz step down in October. In the interim, Chemena Kamali, formerly of Chloé, has been drafted in to oversee the women’s ready-to-wear collection. However, this temporary arrangement can’t last forever (the very definition of temporary) and rumors of a permanent replacement are intensifying. Stefano Pilati, who recently left Ermenegildo Zegna, is one of the designers thought to be in the running to replace Alber Elbaz. This remains unconfirmed by Lanvin but fashion week could be the ideal time to reveal the Israeli-American designer’s successor.

With the autumn/winter 2016-2017 shows just weeks away, the situation is almost identical over at Dior. If no announcement is made in the coming weeks, then fashion week could be a key time for Dior to reveal Raf Simons’ replacement. In the meantime, Dior’s in-house design team has been handed control of the upcoming collection, as was already the case for Dior’s Haute Couture show back in January. Christian Dior’s collection is booked for the Paris catwalk Friday, March 4.

Fresh Faces for Chloé SS 2016 Campaign

Chloé rolled out its first campaign from the minds of its brand new creative team for Spring/Summer 2016. Set in the bustle of Buenos Aires, the campaign embraces the bohemian spirit of the “Paris of South America,” showcasing the collection against the backdrop of cobblestones and mosaic-tiled footpaths.

Smiling and carefree, a cast of Chloé girls from the Spring-Summer 2016 runway embody the Chloé spirit of diverse, natural beauty.

It sees models Céline Bouly and Ari Westphal make their debut as the brand new faces of the brand, alongside returning stars Antonina Petkovic and Ilvie Wittek.

Shot by US photographer Theo Wenner as his first campaign for the French label, the campaign focuses on the season’s technicolor ombré silk dresses and athletic, romantic separates featuring printed lace and colorful tassels. The time of day shifts subtly throughout the series and the sun-drenched images invoke a spontaneous and cinematic vibe.

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“This campaign is very exciting for me because I really wanted to create a new energy for Chloé this season,” Clare Waight Keller, Chloé Creative Director, explains. “Theo is a photographer I have worked with several times before, and I really appreciate his youthful eye and spontaneity behind the lens. Likewise, I wanted to bring new faces to Chloé as they represent a more adventurous, free-spirited, impulsive side of the Chloé girl.”

Wenner added: “There was a color and quality to the light on location, like there is dust in the air, and it made everything more vivid. These colors and textures seemed to perfectly embody the spirit of Chloé and this collection.”

Chloé has been mixing things up with its recent campaigns – recruiting personal friend of the brand and founder of the magazine “hey woman!” Veronika Heilbrunner to model in its 2015 Snow Collection campaign last fall.

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Runway Revisit: 10 Trends for Fall/Winter 2015/16

The Fall/Winter 2015/2016 shows seem so long ago but since winter is coming, we thought we would revisit the top trends. Among the many fabrics, colors, cuts, motifs and inspirations seen on the runways, what are the essential fashion items of the season? Which accessories should take pride of place in your closet and in particular, what items should be banned from your wardrobe? These are the pressing questions facing fashionistas in the northern hemisphere as the big chill looms…

A model presents a creation for Lanvin during the 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 5, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

A model presents a creation for Lanvin. AFP PHOTO / Francois Guillot

Coats take on a longer dimension

Vests and bomber jackets are to be kept on hand throughout the upcoming months, though long and even extra-long coats (as seen at Lanvin above) are essential seasonal pieces this year. In terms of fabrics, leather, sheepskin and faux fur dominated designer collections. The color palette includes black and red with various vibrant shades and a large selection of motifs. As seen profusely in the fashion shows, hooded coats and jackets are a definite wardrobe staple.

Leather is chic

Winter 2015 will exude a very sixties vibe with, in particular, the return of leather to the fashion scene, both chic and very rock’n’roll. The noble material is used on every wardrobe piece from dresses and skirts to coats and tops. The season calls for classic colors like black (as seen at Hermès below) and camel hues as well as a vibrant array of bright shades.

A model presents a creation for Hermes during the 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 9, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

Hermès. AFP PHOTO / Bertrand Guay

Immaculate white

Though the winter color palette is generally darker in tone, this year white was at the heart of a number of collections. An all-white ensemble gives a refined, fresh and chic look to any silhouette.

Other color trends to note are a return to red, as seen at Hermès, Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Shiatzy Chen, Iris van Herpen, and Valentino. Beige – running to nude – also figures prominently, with some lovely shades on show at Chloe (of course), Nina Ricci, Alexander McQueen and Allude. The AFP also found violet hard at work at Moon Young Hee, Chanel, John Galliano, Kenzo, Issey Miyake and Emporio Armani. Finally, touches of yellow and orange found their way into the shows at seen at Kenzo and Miu Miu in particular, but also at Louis Vuitton, Shiatzy Chen, Valentin Yudashkin, Vanessa Seward, Esteban Cortazar, Akris, Céline, Givenchy, and Rochas.

A model presents a creation from the Burberry Prorsum collection during the 2015 Autumn / Winter London Fashion Week in London on February 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

Burberry Prorsum. AFP PHOTO / Leon Neal

Fringe

Often associated with summer festivals, and in definite supply on the spring/summer 2015 runway shows, fringe is a key detail this season, as seen above at Burberry Prorsum. Dresses, skirts and coats are all embellished with fringe for an edgy bohemian-chic take on winter.

A model presents a creation for Chloe during the 2015-2016 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 8, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK

Chloe. AFP PHOTO / Patrick Kovarik

The cape

A big hit last winter, capes (seen above at Chloe) move to the top of the winter must-haves this year. Whether in block color or printed material, they add a retro touch to any outfit and can be worn over a dress or pants.

Quilted details

The fall/winter collections of 2015 ooze a decidedly retro spirit with a strong presence of quilted pieces.  A signature detail of the Chanel fashion house, quilted details, in particular on bags, vests and dresses, are a definite fashion “do” this winter. The possibilities with this trend are endless and include very avant-garde interpretations.

Sleeveless trend

Once relegated to the darkest corner of your closet, puffer jackets, gilets and sleeveless quilted vests are back in the limelight. Dresses are preferably sleeveless or made from completely different materials, playing on contrasts. Some designers have even created removable sleeves on a number of items.

A model presents a creation for fashion house Gucci at the women Fall / Winter 2015/16 Milan's Fashion Week on February 25, 2015 in Milan. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE

Gucci. AFP PHOTO / Giuseppe Cacace

Transparency

Much more subtle this season, transparent details remain a key trend for a sensual and sexy style. Not to be used extravagantly, discreet touches are all that is needed to convey sensuality. Opt for transparent details in dark fabrics with a focus on the arms, back, thighs and bust.

High-waisted elements

For fall/winter 2015, the waist is showcased for a sophisticated and ever-so-retro look. All major pieces are cut with a high-waist including suit pants, skirts and dresses. The waist is often embellished with a belt, either wide or narrow.

Model Natasha Poly presents a creation for fashion house Versace at the women Fall / Winter 2015/16 Milan's Fashion Week on February 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Versace. AFP PHOTO / Filippo Monteforte

Logos

The names and logos of fashion labels appear in XXL lettering on even the most sophisticated ensembles, oftentimes in bright eye-popping colors for better visibility and “wow” factor. The trend should without a doubt continue into the coming season.

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Dree Hemingway to represent Chloé Signature fragrance

Dree Hemingway for Chloe Signature

On Tuesday, May 5, French fragrance and beauty brand Coty announced Dree Hemingway as the new face of the Chloé Signature fragrance.

Ernest Hemingway’s great-granddaughter is a talented actress, but lately it’s her modeling career that is truly taking off.

Her success is confirmed by the news that she will embody the perfume Chloé Signature in a new campaign to be unveiled this September.

“I am very honored to be the new face of Chloé,” says the model in a release from Coty. “It is a brand that has been a part of my life for a long time; it brings up a lot of memories for me. I am looking forward to continuing my story with Chloé into the world of fragrance.”

Dree Hemingway will follow in the footsteps of Anja Rubik, Suvi Koponen, Clémence Poésy and Chloë Sevigny.

Chloe Spring Summer 2015 campaign

Sea, sun and horses for Chloé Spring 2015 campaign

Chloe Spring Summer 2015 campaign

 has unveiled its latest campaign, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and starring Caroline Trentini and Eniko Mihalik.

Shot in Paradise Cove in California, the two Chloé girls go on a wistful, idyllic summer seaside retreat for Spring/Summer 2015 packed with horseriding, surf and sand.

The Brazilian and Hungarian duo show off the silk crèpe, mousseline and lace pieces from the collection as well as the Faye satchel and the Drew bag.

Chloe Spring 2015 campaign

“This season I was searching for a truly iconic 70’s beauty,” says Clare Waight Keller, Chloé Creative Director.

“Both Caroline and Eniko have that look, so indicative of the 70’s era; the unkempt hair, fresh natural radiance, soft freckles and sun-blushed skin that reminds me so much of the women of that period.”

Photographed by regular creative collaborators Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the images show the two models walking along the beach and enjoying the sunshine. One of the biggest models of the last decade, Trentini only returned to the industry last summer, having enjoyed some time away from fashion to start a family.

Caroline Trentini and Eniko Mihalik

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Chloé Fall-Winter 2014 Ad Campaign – Road Trip [Video]

The Paris-based luxury house is revealing its Fall-Winter 2014 campaign starring Russian model Sasha Pivovarova and Romanian Andreea Diaconu with a series of step-by-step teasers.

Chloe Fall 2014 campaign

Shot in upstate New York with a convertible Saab sports car, the girls were photographed by Inez & Vinoodh in the  Fall-Winter 2014 collection.

Chloe Fall Winter 2014 campaign

The full film will go live on the Chloé site on August 1, but the brand will be teasing the campaign on its Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds from Monday, with videos published daily at 1pm CET through July 31.

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Clémence Poésy embodies Chloé’s Love Story

Chloe Love Story Ad

Clémence Poésy is once again the face of a  fragrance. The brand has revealed more details about its newest scent, Love Story, including a campaign image.

Having been announced as the face of Love Story back in March, Clémence Poésy helped launch the fragrance at a rooftop party in Paris this week.

Chloe Paris rooftop party

The Love Story bottle is inspired by the “love locks” that line Paris’s Pont des Arts, while the fragrance mixes notes of neroli, orange blossom, jasmin stephanotis and cedar.

Chloe Love Story

Love Story eau de parfum will roll out starting on August 25. Prices: €56 for 30ml, €82 for 50ml and €99 for 75ml.

chloe spring 2014 campaign

Chloe Spring-Summer 2014 Campaign

French fashion house Chloé has chosen French singer Lou Doillon and German supermodel Julia Stegner to represent its Spring-Summer 2014 collection. Same haircut, same slender silhouette and same sultry demeanor: the two new brand ambassadors seem like they were made to pose together.

chloe spring 2014 campaign

The new campaign was shot outdoors by Dutch fashion photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. The two women are seen sitting in weathered Adirondack chairs, in almost exactly the same position, their legs propped up to emphasized their mini-dresses and platform sandals.

lou doillon

The campaign’s two stars are well-known faces in the fashion world. Julia Stegner has posed for Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani, while Lou Doillon has appeared in campaigns for Isabel Marant for H&M, Barneys, Vanessa Bruno, and 7 For All Mankind.

Chloé celebrates 60 years

Chloe boutique SoHo NYC

Chloé is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and has opened its second NYC boutique. Located in SoHo at 93 Greene Street, it is the brand’s seventh store in the U.S.

“Today’s women choose Chloé for the attitude of the collections and the atmosphere in the boutiques; both are natural, totally effortless but extremely sophisticated; the aim is to make the experience like a fun day out with friends,” said Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, Chloé’s Chief Executive Officer.

Customers can relax in the vintage 1920’s Eileen Gray Bibendum chairs set in the 2,100-square-foot space containing the ready-to-wear, handbag, shoe, jewelry and small leather goods lines.

Chloe boutique SoHo interior

The store also stocks an exclusive version of the Spring/ Summer 2013 Amelia bag in luxurious ostrich leg & calfskin in chianti red and brown ($4,400).

A percentage of sales will go towards the victims of NYC’s recent Hurricane Sandy, with money headed for both short-term relief and long-term restoration projects.

The brand is also launching a ‘greatest hits’ capsule collection, featuring designs from previous creative directors including Phoebe Philo and Stella McCartney.

Chloe Amelia Bag