Rahul Mishra, the popular Indian designer who always goes well beyond his own country's fashion clichés of bright colours and traditional sari prints, showcased a spectacular and rare collection of simplistic beauty at Paris Fashion Week.
The collection was minimal in more ways that one – we saw a lot of elegantly exposed skin throughout the show, not only because of the nude and sheer fabrics, but also as the floaty fabric moved as the models walked the runway. Mostly, where there was a stylish sheer panel, there was a simple bird – subtly embroidered and a charming symbol of where Rahul Mishra grew up. As part of his show, Rahul described the symmetry between man and nature as a peaceful and environmental coexistence.
The designer has in the past given employment to rural Indian workers in isolated places, importing wool and fabrics from areas such as Sydney and Australia to be transformed and crafted by Indian hand-workers.
The simplicity and detail of the knitwear and garements, which were extremely delicate and fine, were breathtaking. These pieces demonstrated why the talented designer won the International Woolmark Prize.
For Moncler Gamme Rouge’s collection, the runway floor was crafted to look like a country hillside in the winter months, as the models marched over it wearing suited and impressive outdoor wear.
This collection did not include the puffy jacket silhouettes that we were expecting, but instead we saw stylish tweed tailored coats, some with stand out fur collars. The collection seemed to be a lot more about the garments on show that his usual collections, with far less gimmicky elements than earlier show.
Even without horses, the mood was of garments centred around horse riding: with elements such as tailored hunting jackets in deep red, which detailing such as fur, checks and tweed.
The obviously recognisable equestrian helmets, stylishly embellished, instantaneously suggested the distinct horse-riding theme. We noticed a new severity in this tailored sporty range, and then once British soldiers started to appear on stage in bearskin hats and bright red jackets, the strong message became clear.
"It is all about sport, but I wanted something that was more original – more tailoring, more technical," stated Giambattista backstage at the show.
We first witnessed large tweed coats appearing in many exciting forms on the Miu Miu runway as the much awaited show began. Then came the spectacular crystal jewellery, large decorative pieces becoming the statement elements of the ensembles, as well as fun and stylish giant collars.
The front row consisted of some of Hollywood’s biggest starlets including the likes of Léa Seydoux and Renée Zellweger.
In contrast to previous Miu Miu collections, the shoes seemed to be a lot more practical: such as light sling backs or simple ankle boots, always dressed up with a splash of colour.
The show was set up like a giant sized bedroom, with pretty patterned fabric wall coverings. The collection consisted of an array of beautiful colourful coats, which easily filled a whole wardrobe.These colourful coats were both striking and stylish, keeping with the tweed theme that was all over the Winter 2015 runways. Miu Miu’s tweed pieces consisted of earthy tones of beige and brown, but teamed colourful miniskirts in bright hues of crimson or yellow.
Sources: Vouge India