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Paris Fashion Week SS ’15 Day 4
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Comme des Garçons and Jean Paul Gaultier were the two giants entirely dominating the fifth day of the French Fashion Week.  The former’s collection was dramatic, individualistic, loud and mystic to an unimagined extent. Keeping bright and fiery red as the only colour option, the designer exhibited the sensuality and the glam that is deeply attached with this feminist colour. The label is known for showcasing such loud creations, the choice of only those, who believe in keeping them alienated from the age old fashion conventions.

580 2peaking of Jean Paul Gaultier’s last runway show, the designer yet again came up with some transforming trends and novel styles. From going gothic and mystic to going street style, chic and glamorous, Gaultier’s creations came full circle with reference to the ready to wear genre. Dominated by the evening wear category, the collection was mostly comprised of free flowing silhouettes, thereby keeping the comfort factor intact. Also, the colour palette for the designer was also very variegated and full of life, including the vivacious navy blue, shimmery golden, nude pink, black, parrot green, denim blue and many more.

580 1The other exhibitors of the day, Pedro Lourenco, Junya Watanabe, Haider Ackermann, Ellery, Mugler, Miuniku and Vivienne Westwood to name a few. Well, the collections were truly among the most unique ones, spotted in the entire fashion week till now. From being mildly simplistic and sophisticated to being utterly elegant and highly fashionable, day 5 was for its own reasons amongst the most awaited and most thrilling days of the fashion week.

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Paris’ fun and frolic continues with an elated amount enthusiasm and enjoyment. Day 4 saw unique and high end labels like Zaid Affas, Loewe, Talbot Runhof, Chalayan, Alexandre Vauthier, Irfé, Isse Miyake, Julien David and the very exuberant Dior amongst others.

580 1To begin with the fantastic four, namely Zaid Affas, Loewe, Talbot Runhof and Chalayan, these labels showcased some of the most exotic and exuberant creations of all times. Where Zaid and Chalayan were more inclined towards simplistic colour palettes, Loewe and Talbot’s collection were replete of more girly and feminine colours. Tabot presented a couple of must have evening wear ensembles. The other three, however, showcased their fondness towards some easy to wear and user friendly day wear garments, enhanced with extremely chic cuts, trendy hats and one of a kind tote bags.

580 2The day progressed with Alexandre Vauthier, Irfé and Isse Miyake. These labels showcased a clear belief in ensembles which are justifiably appropriate for the bold and the vivacious women of today’s times. Alexandre’s collection was entirely sporty, street style and tom-boyish. Both Irfé and Isse Miyake came up with a bundle of semi formals and formals which were filled with dynamism and glamour. The colour schemes for the both the labels were mild and dull, apart from a few bright colours displayed by Isse.

580 3Lastly, Julien David and Dior proved to be among other highlights of the day. Essential delicacy and feminism with a dash of oomph and sensuality were at the core of the collections. The former went extremely chic and girly, with the wearability flowing between casual wear to semi-formal party wear. Free flowing silhouettes in long frilly skirts paired with crop tops, funky dresses and cargo pants were some of the appealing factors displayed by Julien David. Meanwhile, the very elegant Christian Dior’s ready to wear creations were exclusively formal and sophisticated. Structured tailoring, excess comfort and a feminine colour palette made the onlookers enthral to an unprecedented level.

580The day approached its end with Isabel Marant, Undercover, Bouchra Jarrar, Andrew Gn, Maison Martin Margiela, A.F. Vandevorst, and Yohji Yamamoto.

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As the Paris Fashion Week approaches its end, onlookers look forward to grabbing as much as they can during this French fashion celebration. In the meantime, on day 6, Alessandra Rich, Kenzo, Maxime Simoens, Martin Grant, Chloé, John Galliano and Givenchy stood amongst the major highlights.

580 1The day kicked off with the triumvirate Alessandra Rich, Kenzo and Maxime Simoens, all of who presented some ethnic, formal and street style chic ensembles respectively. While for Alessandra, a reserved essence with subtle sophistication and elegance was the priority, Kenzo’s main focus was majorly on light-shaded semi-formal wear.  Maxime Simoens, however, came up with a stylish teenage wardrobe, full of sporty embellishments and girly colours.

580Amongst three other fashion label giants for the day, stood Martin Grant, Chloé and John Galliano. A close look at Martin Grant’s creations gave the impression of a bundle of exotic must have party wears. Chloé, on the other hand, believed in keeping it more free style, with balanced amount embellishments and on surface prints. The collections were very simple and pleasing to the eyes. John Galliano, however, set up a dizzy and glossy runway to present his creations which mostly comprised of free flowing silhouettes in the most comfortable and easy to wear fabrics.

300Speaking of Givenchy show for the day, it was emphatic and truly awe-inspiring. The collection included mostly dark and dramatic colours like mud brown and black with a few glimpses of the whites and baby pinks. With the wearability restricted to classy evening wear ensembles, the designer made the most apt use of the glossy leather fabric, which enhances its evening wear quality. For the bold, beautiful and confident women, Givenchy’s RTW Spring 2015 is a must have!

Meanwhile, Céline, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, Akris, Avelon, Jean-Paul Lespagnard were among the enthrallers of day 6 of the Paris Fashion Week.

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2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian AwardsAn Evening of Recognizing Greatness the Muhammad Ali awards took place on Saturday evening, in Louisville, Kentucky. The Star-Award-Event is the kickoff of the Muhammad Ali Center starting to make an impact on a global basis: 40 years after „Rumble in the Jungle“ Ali’s humanitarian efforts took centre stage.

This charitable event of celebration and recognition honored Susan Sarandon, Bruno mars amongst many others around the world who have made significant contributions toward the attainment of peace, social justice, or other positive actions pertaining to Muhammad’s six core principles—confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality..

In addition to the aforementioned core principle categories, the Muhammad Ali Center also bestowed an overarching Humanitarian Award Jim Brown who has demonstrated significant philanthropic devotion or socially-conscious service to the world.

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250I’m very excited to be back for this milestone occasion to celebrate our brand’s 10th anniversary in India said Tommy Hilfiger while launching two limited-edition designs: a shawl for women and traditional bandi for men. The designer’s tour began with the deliverance of his knowledge enhancing lecture to the students of National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi on 26th September.

Speaking to the future, emerging designers of the country, Hilfiger mentioned about his experiences with the growth of his fashion brand along with answering the students’ queries regarding fashion development and building a business in the global economy.

On this celebratory occasion, the designer was also bestowed with the precious GQ India’s ‘Men of the Year’ award, honoring the recognition of the contributions he has made to the global fashion industry over his 40-year career.

200Meanwhile, speaking of his limited edition collection, the iconic Indian garments have been reinterpreted with preppy spirit of brand’s Americana style with India’s strong tradition of celebratory dress. The wool shawl incorporates a sophisticated white paisley jacquard on a navy blue base, contrasted with the brand’s signature red, white and navy multi-stripe design on the reverse side. Both prints are trimmed with the brand’s interlocking TH monogram jacquard. The men’s bandi – available in both classic navy suede and beige suede styles – is inspired by the fusion of Tommy Hilfiger’s iconic prep aesthetic with traditional Indian tailoring. Signature details, including contrast stitching, monogram buttons and an interior stripe lining.

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Dress up your little ones as designer Monisha Jaising launches a special line MJ Kids.

The collection comprises of luxe polo T-shirts and T-shirt dresses, in bright vibrant colours with cute motifs, such as ballet slippers, cupcakes, geisha dolls and puppies, created with exquisite crystals and stones.

The colour palette sees a dominance of vivacious hues such as tangerine, lime, powder blue, bubble gum pink, white, navy and red.

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3Takeaways from LFW and NYFW:

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, Spring Summer’2015 had a brilliant line-up of designers showcasing their work with great fervour. From Meskita to August Getty, Colin King, Venexiana, Michael Costello, Anna Sui, our very own- Naeem Khan, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Prabal Gurung and several others, NYFW Spring-Summer’2015 was at its best!

The shows that were put up by Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Narciso Rodriguez and Peter Som conventionalised a striking trend even in terms of beauty for the upcoming Spring/Summer season. I am capturing some of our takeaways on hair and makeup looks that spoke of brave yet subtlety, neat yet floppy miens, brown smoke and knotted ponytails, bold pop colors and bare minimums as much!

At Marc Jacobs, “Bring out the crooked smile and the backpack” and “Go into the house and take a shower” that set the tone of the show, the models walked the ramp in their dishevelled black bobs and for makeup, just about a dab of moisturizer applied over the skin. The military surge received quite a lot of attention. At Michael Kors, a similar trend of nude face, clear lip balm and glowing complexions was seen. So, go for bare minimum makeup and shaggy bobs!

Flat ironed, shiny ponytails and rope-like weaves parted in the middle, sideways or pushed straight back into the ponytail or chignons are back in vogue. Donna Karan,Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang’s models wore fresh, young and sporty looks. Even half-open, knotted hair strands created by Paul Hanlon at Rag & Bone (Marcus Wainwright and David Neville) and intricate-bohemian shoe-lace knots at Thakoon’s will be quite a rage. Smooth braids and fishtails also adorned the ramp.

13Brown Smokey eyes and basic nude, non-glossy nails stole the show at Alexander Wang’s show. So, guess it is time to say goodbye to nail-art. But one pop color that is here to stay despite all the minimalistic hullabaloo is fuchsia pink. Inspired by roses and tulips and all that is dark-pink, Carolina Herrera’s models wore pretty lip colors that had a refreshing impression.

1London Fashion Week Spring Summer’15 also came to an end recently and a few beauty trends really caught our eye. At the Peter Pilotto show, the skin was the highlight of the look with gentle powder, nothing heavy and the original skin tone was coming through that powder. At Viviene Westwood makeup was inspired by freedom. It clearly did not look like makeup and was all about a painting pushed to the extreme! A beautiful summer day was reflected in the waterline at the Holly Fultonshow. With an almost sky blue and white ombre waterline, the eyes were the focus here. Jean Pierre Braganza had some pulled out super sexy liners with a 60’s rock and roll theme. Marques Almeida had a palette of custom blended, sun bleached & chalked pastels as their makeup theme. The Antonio Berardi show saw an almost China doll skin and cherry lips with electric pink and candy red ruling the show. The look that came as a pleasant surprise was at Thornton Bregazzi where the models were sporting fake freckles. The message was clear – embrace the original.

The hair at David Koma was simple, slightly sporty – with it slicked back at the top but slightly loose at the ends. This look seemed easy to achieve but took tons of products to create. The makeup was extremely wearable with an ancient Egyptian double eye liner being the statement of the look. Since the focus was on the eyes, the skin was left natural with the lips being totally pale and nude.

On the whole, the looks that could be worn off the runway would be statement lips (reds and bright pinks), sleek ponytails, sultry cat eye makeup, a clean, fresh and natural face with minimum makeup and a smoldering eye look as seen on Tom Ford’s models.

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Posted by – Ms. Samaanta Dwivedi