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From New York to Paris: Fashion Week Roundup Part II

We’re back with our second installment of our fashion week roundup with our favorites from Milan and Paris! In our last post we gushed over the beautiful looks from the likes of Calvin Klein and Burberry Prorsum and now we can’t get over the surrealist collections from Missoni and Chanel. Let’s get started…

Milan 

Missoni

What appeared to be absent from this season’s collection was Missoni’s classic chevron print but was rather reinterpreted with the use of seemingly abstract landscapes. With cool yet rich tones of grey, purple, blue and black, each piece was an homage to natural elements of earth, water and air. Clever uses of negative space and jagged shapes helped reconfigure the long-standing label’s name in a way that had everyone paying close attention.  

Jil Sander

Out of all the collections we’ve perused this season, an elegant simplicity oozed out of Jil Sander that took our breath away. Each look was free of frivolous embellishments with minimal to no ornamentation that spoke to the utilitarian in me. The restrained color palette kept the collection effortless and realistic; while the impeccable silhouettes and cuts of each jacket had us hankering for a wardrobe that screamed “We mean business.”

Paris

Chanel

Ah, Karl Lagerfeld does it again! The man is revered as a sort of living legend and the title holds true this season as he masterfully blurs the line between art, concept and fashion. As Jay-Z’s ‘Picasso, Baby’ blarred through the historic Grand Palais, the living works of art strutted down the runway in youthful, colorful takes on the classic tweed get-up with eyelids that appeared to have been used as a painter’s palette. Lagerfeld, ever the conceptualist, conceived the runway to be a sort of gallery space;  where he could display the numerous large-scale pieces he imagined over his period of designing this collection. 

Maiyet

Maiyet, a fairly new label showing in Paris, took many by surprise with this recent collection. Founder, Kristy Caylor, made her debut after the departure of former designer, Gabriella Zanzani- and the large question looming was whether she could turn this artisanal, ethical label into a relevant part of the fashion world. The collection was a success in its own right, as Caylor concocted a seamless collection of clean shirt-dresses, slips and more. Her unique take on adornment meant utilizing the age-old Japanese dying technique of shibori to give the impression of minuscule embroidery. I have to say, Maiyet is a label that is crafting pieces that stay true to its origins while remaining insanely current.  

All images via Style.Com