Fashion Week SS16

July 13, 2016
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Fashion week season hits us twice a year, minus couture week –  which takes place only in Paris. From New York to London, on to Milan, and finally Paris – an entire month spent on viewing models strutting runways, posing at private previews, clientele showcases, parties, and after parties… it’s an event not to be missed.

Change is inevitable in the industry, especially when it affects a brands income, creative director, and clientele aesthetic. This Spring/Summer season, Givenchy moved it’s show from Paris, to kick start New York fashion week. A celebration rather than a show occurred, in the clothing perspective. After spending 10 years in the Givenchy house, creative director Ricardo Tisci reinterpreted iconic pieces from his 10 years at the house; from couture collections, to ready to wear.  He varied them in color, volume, delicately embellished lace, and other fabrics, giving them that exuberant factor. Among all the pieces, the facial jewelry that Tisci incorporates from season to season played a big part in forming his 10-year anniversary collection – using pearls, lace cut outs, over sized crystals, and gems.

Noon By Noor, the renowned Bahraini brand by designers Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa, and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa showcased their line this season in a more, urban uptake.

A more street wear approach was taken, yet keeping it within the brands approach – floral appliques, bold botanical prints, and embellished skirts, as well as tops, came in an array of colors, forms, and new silhouettes. One piece that really stood out was the white mesh, black floral imprinted sleeve, varsity jacket – with a letter N initial that clearly stands for the brand.

After the shows end during fashion week, fashion savvy individuals, bloggers, buyers, or media members fill the streets – moving from one location to the other.

Kuwaiti fashion blogger Ascia Al Faraj happened to be one of them, a true influencer, style icon, and fashion educated individual.

5,556 kilo meters away, London fashion week commenced – the difference between New york fashion week, and London fashion week in the clothing perspective is that it’s much more overwhelming, bolder, and is bound to be influenced from one individual, to the other.

Simone Rocha was the designer that we, Perle Magazine, were keen on – from season to season, her collections appealed to us as refined, intricately detailed, and had pieces that incorporated natural elements. This season, Rocha approached and manipulated the riff on the contrast between what was consequently soft and hard. Taking a trip to Tokyo recently, Rocha got inspired, and took a play on her clothing, infusing the inspiration, and ideas on her pieces – be it the harnessing that went crisscrossing against a sheer layer of tulle, or the rich colored silk printed dresses, the collection was an embodiment of what her eyes gazed upon throughout her trip.  Rocha’s accessories of pearl textured clutches, or bags, stood out among most of the other accessories to us, as they represented what our magazine stands for – refinement, luxury, and it being an infamous local element.

Shifting from a local element, to a foreign one – Fendi’s spring summer 2016 collection featured artistic motifs, voluminous crafted cotton blouses, and their signature bags. Pastel leather doublets, long bomber jackets in leather, and structurally cut blazers – the amount of craftsmanship put into the pieces was clear.

It truly shows the quality, especially in those ruched leather, or dyed bags with leather floral appliques, and studs, which surely will take the scene by storm.

And from Italian refinement, to an unexpected collision of two worlds; John Galliano, appointed as Margiela’s creative director two seasons ago, seemed to send out Japanese influenced ensembles that seemed to be a nostalgic take on his own past this season.

Androgyny, cultural clashes, and a heavily conceptualized collection.  Bias cut dresses, similarly toned blazer, and trouser looks, fish net stockings, and a kimono figured jacket embroidered in multi colored jewels and beads – it all appropriately collided, it’s a niche that John has, one that he embarks on with creativity, workmanship, construction, and the flair of exquisiteness, and everything that affluences the eye.

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