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Paris Fashion Week is a marathon of nine days of shows, which ranges from the dark atmosphere of Tisci’s Givenchy to the Parisian world of Chanel. The nine days are certainly proof that the Paris-based designers know exactly what they are doing when it comes to luxury fashion.  
 

Image source - Haider Ackermann

Big shoulders reminiscent of the 80s, tartan patterns and grungy hair gave Haider Ackermann’s Autum/Winter 15 collection an underlying punk feel. However, underneath this facade there was also an element of femininity with cinched waists, pleated skirts and décolletés on show. In short, Ackermann presented us with a woman who knows how to make punk look elegant. 


Céline

Phoebe Philo wove fur trims, fur pompoms and prints into her Autumn/Winter collection for Céline. Some key orange and red pieces – including oversized bags - made for a bright injection of colour into a collection, which - in true Céline style - was simple and sophisticated.  
 

Image source - Dries van Noten

Models were dressed head to toe in florals at Dries van Noten – from ornate necklaces, to printed silk boots, flowers were in full display for Autumn/Winter 15. In an unexpected twist, feminine brocades were combined with khaki, making for a powerful statement.  

The idea of nature was central to the Dior show, but not, as one might expect, romantic and floral. Instead Raf Simons presented us with a powerful woman, through the combination of tailoring with animal prints. “I wanted a feeling of emotional overcharge in the collection, with this animal and sexual woman dressed in a new kind of camouflage, ” explains Simons.

 

 
This fashion week was the debut for Hermès’ new creative director Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski. The collection she presented was incredibly sleek and so minimal it verged on a chic form of austerity. There was very little pattern, if only to appear as the diamond-effect of quilting, with a focus on strong shapes instead.

And so, with only a handful more of shows left, Paris Fashion Week brings the Fashion Week month to an end…until next season.