With the exciting Spring/Summer 2015 show season coming to an end, we can take a breath and admire the amazing collections that we have seen. Here’s a taste of what you can expect to see in Parlour X in the not too distant future.
PROENZA SCHOULER Proenza Schouler kicked off the fashion season in New York with a sporty-luxe collection that the designers described as classic “American sportswear”. Deconstructed argyle sweaters and fringing skirts were my favourites from the show and marked a great start to the 2015 season. MARY KATRANTZOU Mary Katrantzou shows in London, however her inspiration this season was definitely multi-continental! The ancient supercontinent of Pangaea influenced Mary with various flora and fauna featured on mini-dresses, cape jackets and classic Katrantzou silhouettes. MSGM MSGM has been an incredible hit at Parlour X in its first season and we were excited to see the Spring/Summer 2015 collection! It’s bright, bold and beautiful and we can’t wait for it to arrive. GIAMBA Giamba is the new line from Giambattista Valli. The collection is fun, youthful and intricately detailed. My favourite piece is the full-length peacock-print embroidered dress from the runway. BALENCIAGA Balenciaga is always one of the first shows on the Paris schedule. This season was inspired by a variety of elements including the tiles of Cristobal’s atelier floor – the only Cristobal reference as this season was more Alexander Wang then ever before. The collection featured mesh skirts, dresses, tailored jackets and duster jackets. A great mix of textures and silhouettes! BALMAIN I thought the Balmain show was an intense experience! Bright and striking colours in sexy silhouettes, this collection marked a bold introduction for Parlour X. ISABEL MARANT Isabel Marant sets trends and this season was no different! Continuing the fringing trend, Isabel sent skirts, dresses and jackets with raffia fringing down the runway. As always, hints of Isabel’s signature roots feature throughout the collection including great knitwear, silk prints and fabulous sandals that will be the next IT shoe. The finale… Isabel taking a bow. JUNYA WATANABE Junya Watanabe’s “Graphic Marching” SS15 collection was one of my favourites. Junya is always fashion-forward and on the cutting edge, and his girls, dressed as dolls, made for an entertaining and classic Junya runway show. Spot International Vogue editor Suzy Menkes in the front row. COMME DES GARCONS COMME DES GARCONS The Comme Comme presentation is always held at the Comme des Garcons headquarters in Place Vendome and only a small group of buyers are invited. Kawakubo’s latest collection featured all the classic Comme shapes; drop-crotch trousers, cropped jackets, embroidered lace dresses and polka dot and striped knitwear. COMME DES GARCONS A complete departure from the two previous monochromatic seasons, the Comme des Garcons SS15 show was in all RED! I always love the Comme mainline collection and this year was no different. CHLOE Chloe has always been a personal favourite of mine so it is an absolute pleasure to now buy it for Parlour X. Claire Waight Keller is taking Chloe to new levels and the SS15 Collection was truly beautiful. Front row at Chloe… CELINE The first runway collection from Celine that Parlour X will carry did not disappoint! Celine is regarded as one of the most desired and highly-regarded collections and Phoebe Philo’s story this season was colourful and bright, with beautiful tailoring and interesting silhouettes dominating the runway. STELLA MCCARTNEY Stella McCartney’s SS15 collection was another favourite of the season. The collection itself was Japanese-inspired however McCartney also sent signature pyjama suiting down the runway in pastel plaids, floaty feminine dresses, mixed with prints and lace, and her signature shift dresses. A great show and fantastic atmosphere. SAINT LAURENT Continuing his obsession with all things rock and roll, grunge, and downtown LA, Hedi Slimane paired leather mini-skirts with lurex tanks, suede leather jackets with 70’s prints, and highly embellished outerwear with platform sandals. Expect to see bare décolletages, scarves and late 60’s inspired suits on the streets very soon. VALENTINO Last but never least is Valentino. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were inspired by all things Italian; old Italian interiors, Neapolitan pastels, and the Amalfi coast all played a role in the evolution of this collection. A graceful and poetic runway show.