Three shows to discuss from day 2 of PFW


1) Chloé’s new biker girl

It says a lot about a collection when fashion editors leave a show talking about which pieces they’d like to buy and wear, as they did after seeing Creative Director Clare Waight Keller’s collection, where she made pretty look modern and cool.

She showed free-spirited, flowing chiffon dresses embellished with ruffles and embroideries with cozy, boyish knits and low-heeled leather biker boots.


It all seemed perfect for a fabulous weekend away in the countryside and that was kind of the point. Clare Waight Keller was thinking of the open road; in her press notes, she said the collection was about a ‘great escape', a ‘passionate adventurer’ and a ‘curious spirit'. And for the girl who doesn’t do ruffles: tomboyish leather looks featuring trousers with racer stripes shown with a mix of cropped and belted jackets.


 2) All shearling everything at Carven

Shearling coats have been fashionable for several seasons now. And at Carven, Creative Directors Adrien Caillaudaud and Alexis Martial advanced the idea by wrapping sheepskin around the necklines and waists of leather and wool A-line dresses, in addition to sending out a range of classic coats and jackets. 


 3) Lanvin's new look

Transition is a recurring theme this season, what with all the talk about fashion's broken system as well as speculation about who will replace Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, Raf Simons at Dior and possibly Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent (should the rumours about his upcoming departure be true).

And the clothes on show at Lanvin only heightened that feeling of flux. Based on the looks of the romantic, bohemian glamour on show, it was clear that Elbaz had left the building.

And so in a way the collection felt a bit faceless, despite a few silk dresses that were reminiscent of the signature sinewy and sculptural shapes he had previously created for the house.

In fact, the collection was created by Chemena Kamali. While the clothes may not have made a clear and bold statement, the designer was successful in that she created romantic, glamorous dresses, suits and coats for day and night (with a lot more emphasis on night) that the brand's fan base –including Ciara, Emmy Rossum and Kelly Rowland who all sat front row – might want to wear.

Standouts included a chic silver suit with a tuxedo jacket on top and an elaborately ruffled skirt on the bottom. Speaking of which, ruffles were prominent throughout and are looking to be just as big in Paris as they were in Milan, London and New York.

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