Msafiri’s own Fashion Guru Olive Gachara brings you the best spring and summer looks from Paris Fashion Week, together with some tips on how you too can look catwalk-ready
Paris, the ultimate fashion destination
From Chanel to Valentino, Lavin to Givenchy, Balenciaga to Vivienne Westwood, Paris Fashion Week is indeed the showcase of all great designers. Paris Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2014 came with lots of highlights; from hosts of celebrities gracing the front rows of most shows – and selecting their favourite outfits for the awards season – to Marc Jacobs’ last showcase with Louis Vuitton – a show that went trending worldwide.
My personal favourite look for Spring/Summer 2014 from Paris Fashion Week has to be these colour painted outfits by Chanel. For both men and women, they express the brightness and vibrancy that comes with summer.
Top trends Spring/Summer 2014
With metallic outfits typically coming in shades of grey, brown and nude, all with that extra shine, it is easy to see why this trend keeps coming back on the catwalk, fashion season after fashion season. Change it up a little bit and go bolder with your metallic outfits such as this metallic grey tunic paired with black shorts by Victor & Rolf (right).
Clothes generally do not get more feminine than the pleated skirt. Whether you prefer monochrome or a splash of colour, pair it up with a simple top and you are good to go. They perfectly complement any body shape by creating the illusion of a smaller waist and no-one does it better than Victor & Rolf in this grey pleated skirt with black-and- white top (right) or this pleated skirt by Andrew GN (right).
The stripes trend has repeatedly shown up, season after season, on the last couple of catwalks. For Spring/Summer 2014 however, stripes have been redefined. They are more thought-out and carefully placed on a garment, making it really hard not to fall in love with them. My personal favourite is this Paco Rabanne dress with white stripes.
The coming of the warmer summer weather brings the need to spend more time outdoors. If you are a sports junkie and always seen to be in your sports vest and sweats, well, sports inspired fashion is a way for you to step out looking more stylish, yet sporty. It is easy to wear, easy to carry and really screams effortless chic. I love this grey-and-white sporty Paco Rabanne dress.
Women’s Wear Trends
1 Jewel Tones
Jewel tones are rich and vibrant. All you need is the perfect shade to perfectly compliment your skin tone, and it will probably be the best buy in your closet. Spring/summer 2014 saw designers embrace lots of jewel toned colour in full outfits such as this Pink Elie Saab gown – they simply look stunning.
2 Head-To-Toe White
There is something very Olivia Pope about wearing head-to-toe white (as long as you can keep it clean). It is the true essence of style and almost all designers who showcased at Paris Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2014 had one or two full-on white pieces. Try it – you will not regret it. Whether for work, or leisure, you can find something just for you, such as this white pant suit and vest by Zadig & Voltaire.
3 The Midi
The midi is the perfect work outfit. Having recently come into fashion, this below-the-knee-look is being embraced by fashion enthusiasts and designers the world over. Initially being introduced by the likes of Victoria Beckham, it is quickly taking on and being seen on many other catwalks. I love this Cedric Charlier midi skirt with front slit.
4 Abstract Prints
Summer just isn’t summer without lots of colour, and there were indeed plenty of colour splashes on the Spring/Summer 2014 runways all over the world. At Paris Fashion Week we saw designers such as Alexander McQueen (shown here) and Leonard really step it up with geometric prints in brighter than bright colours.
Chiffon looks great on any outfit. It is the perfect piece to keep you fresh as the heat comes with Spring and Summer, as well as retain a little warmth in the cold evenings. It is no wonder designers felt it a must-have for their Spring/Summer 2014 collections. Unlike as in the past, they are not as close-to-skin, with chiffon acting as a highlight to your main outfit. This is seen in this lemon chiffon draped dress by Vionnett.
Structured Clutch Bags
Structured, geometric clutch bags. With indistinguishably geometric shapes and colour blocks, geometric clutch bags in bright colours appeared on almost every catwalk. Blue envelope clutch bag by Kenzo.
Surprisingly enough, shooties (shoe boots) were pretty popular on the Spring/Summer runway – something one would expect for Autumn/Winter. They however came in light nudes and pastels, as well as mesh and cap-toe varieties, giving a summer twist to a traditionally winter wear. Pearl white Gareth Pugh peep-toe ankle boots; Cap-toe lace ankle-strap boot by Balmian.
We all need a great cross-shoulder bag for summer, and the designers at Paris Fashion Week did not disappoint. Keeping in-line with the bright, jewel-toned colour palette of Spring/Summer 2014, there’s lots to choose from. My personal favourite was this grey-brown panelled cross-shoulder bag by Chloe.
The ankle-strap heel is definitely a ‘must-have’ if Paris Fashion Week is anything to go by. Coming in all shapes, colours and heels, there is definitely something for everyone. Vivienne Westwood block heel ankle-strap shoe.
Top ten fashion stores in Nairobi
1 Beverly Heels
Tel: +254 720 762 909, +254 720 394 769. Ground Floor, Jimkan House, Woodvale Groove, Westlands.
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3 Jeans Bar
Tel: +254 20 214 7347, +254 20 807 7201, First Floor, Junction Mall, Ngong Road, Nairobi
4 Kache by Angie
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el: +254 701 760 560, Kemaya Style Lounge, 101 Manyani East Road, Lavington, Nairobi. www.kemaya.biz
6 Little Red
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7 Renzo Rinaldi
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8 Store 66
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Top 10 Paris Fashion Shopping Guide
Why not indulge yourself with a new flight on KQ’s Dreamliner? From June this year you can take to the skies in our brand new 787 for the ultimate Paris shopping experience. msafiri asked authors of Dorling Kindersley’s Top Ten Paris guide Mike Gerrard and Donna Dailey to give us their top ten shopping tips.
1 Annabel Winship
Tel: 01 71 37 60 46, 29 rue du Dragon, 75006 Paris. www.annabelwinship-shop.com/the-real-shop.htm
The English-born shoe designer has some unusual and very individual designs that will make your feet fun.
2 Baby Dior
Tel: 01 49 52 04 50, 26-28 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris. www.diorcouture.com
Well, where else could you possibly shop in Paris for your baby’s own designer clothes?
3 Boutique Avril Gau
Tel: 01 43 29 49 04, 17 rue des Quatre Vents, 75006 Paris. www.avrilgau.com
Avril Gau sells her own-design accessories that you’ll find nowhere else other than Paris, and she is especially good for shapely shoes.
Tel: 01 42 60 30 70, 28 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris. www.charvet.com
One of the best stores in the city for men’s suits, and regarded as one of the world’s finest shirt-makers, founded in 1838.
5 Didier Ludot
Tel: 01 42 96 06 56, 20-24 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris. www.didierludot.fr
If you like couture and you like vintage, this is shopping heaven as it sells vintage couture clothes from top names.
Tel: 01 46 34 83 95, 52 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004 Paris. www.diwali-paris.com
There are several branches of this store, selling the most beautifully stylish scarves.
7 Fifi Chachnil
Tel: 01 42 61 21 83, 231 rue St-Honoré, 75001 Paris. www.fifichachnil.com
No shopping trip to Paris would be complete without some sexy lingerie, and Fifi Chachnil’s is subtly seductive.
Tel: 01 40 30 08 00, 14 rue du Surmelin, 75020 Paris. www.goldymama.com
If retro and vintage fashion is your style, this is well worth the trip out to Belleville to see.
9 Miss Bibi
Tel: 01 42 60 17 04, 145 Jardin du Palais Royal, 75001 Paris. www.missbibi.com.
Cute and quirky jewellery designs in a classic Paris shopping arcade.
10 Sonia Rykiel
Faubourg St-Honoré Tel: 01 42 65 20 81, 70 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, 75008 Paris. www.soniarykiel.com
One of the legendary Paris designer’s two stores in the capital, with wonderful tote bags, backpacks and other bags, plus clothes and accessories.