A Peek at Two of Paris Fashion Week’s Designer Collections
Hedi Slimane is one of the most provocative designers in fashion today and proved it again Monday evening in Paris. After his reverence to rock goddesses from the 70’s and grunge from the 90’s, his spring collection looked intentionally tawdry bringing an inward gasp from onlookers.
It is hard to say what his inspiration for the look was, as he does not speak to the press often. It sure looked like the St Laurent annals were influential for the look.
Paying tribute to the 1960’s with lip prints on a wrap dress with a sequin top reminiscent of Andy Warhol, and a military jacket with a drab olive color paired with a leather miniskirt reminds us of Army Navy clothing relegated to couture clothing in the old days of Saint Laurent.
Jackets shaped like wedges with broad shoulders, extremely short leather skirts of black, and zebra stripes, off shoulder sequin tops and socks that glittered gathered into kitten heels, looked cheap and brash intentionally.
Saint Laurent would be pleased at this seeming homage to his 1971 compilation of strippers and drag queens from the 1940’s.
This may not be Collette Dinnigan’s first presentation of her label at Paris Fashion Week; however, she is still not sure it feels real. Dinnigan exhibited her Spring Summer 2014 compilation labeled “Both Sides Now” in the luxurious Salon des Miroirs in Paris. This is Dinnigan’s 18th showing of her label at Paris Fashion Week.
‘‘Oh my goodness I cannot believe what I’ve done in my career. I realize I have achieved a lot. I have a great team. But when I’m here I realize it’s not easy (for fashion designers),’’ Dinnigan told AAP by phone immediately after the show.
The fashion designer from Australia says as long as Paris wants her she will keep showing up.
‘‘I feel great. Everyone loved it,’’ Dinnigan says. ‘‘I had a lot of good comments from the French press.’’
Her hallmark lace showed in bold shades such as bold pink, and red and bold blue lipstick together with seductive magenta bras peering out through supple swathed dresses.
Available to Australia in February, the collection has a profusion of crisp white. She admits there is still a lot of pressure to show a collection in Paris.
‘‘I’m not the new kid on the block, but it’s about having the longevity and making it fresh and modern and appealing to an international audience. We’re not playing on being Australian here, there are no favors, not at all,’’ she says.
Claire Collins, Madison Brown, and Holly Rose, all international models, modeled Dinnigan’s conceptions.