Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends

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With the fashion shows staged during New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks officially over, we finally have time to really take in all the incredible looks showcased for our pleasure, knowing that too many have captivated our attention and our idea for a fall/winter wardrobe has grown tenfold already. Trends have been set and others fully ignored. Between plunging V necklines and thigh high slits, bug eyed sunglasses and velvet or leather materials used throughout, we have been given such a lovely combination of breathtaking looks that will define our fashion sense for quite a long time coming. We were pleasantly surprised with so many of the prints and patterns that made it onto the catwalk, falling in love with the layers and the textures, the cultural connotations and flowery accents. Every fashion house had something different to offer, a fashionable addition to our closets that encompassed an entirely different set of patterns and prints, setting all sorts of trends! We have already looked into the spring/ summer 2015 print trends, with so many of them making it into the fall/winter seasons as well. Below, we have rounded up the fall/ winter 2015-2016 print trends that come to make our fall styling much more creative and exciting!

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #1: Houndstooth Patterning

The houndstooth look is an interesting one that was a major part of the Miu Miu collection presented on the final day of Paris Fashion Week. It originated in the Scottish lowlands as woven wool cloth, using a twill patterning to it. The first references to houndstooth in fashion were made by De Pinna in New York City, in 1885, from which point it began to appear in all types of collections. The brown version is used to create so many of the Miu Miu pieces for the fall/winter seasons, making it the official print of the brand for the final months of 2015. Sonia Rykiel also shows a certain amount of love for the prints, using darker coloring to keep the contrasts to a minimum while bringing the focus to other parts of the outfits on some of the models. Ermanno Scervino loves his black and white and the houndstooth dresses and coats take up a good portion of the collection brought onto the catwalk, alongside his other masterpieces that are but a pleasure to behold. Houndstooth patterns look utterly feminine and sophisticated in the Carolina Herrera collection.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Houndstooth Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #2: Exotic Reptile Skin Motifs

Snakeskin and alligator skin prints are beautiful to behold as they have been used to make clothing for a very long time indeed. Both belong to the exotic reptile skin category, and have often been utilized to create handbags, footwear, belts, and fashion accessories. Today, it is very much a part of the latest in fashion fads, used to accent coats and create skirts, such as is the case with Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu label. From the red snakeskin jackets to the alligator skin dresses in an Oak Buff color that falls into the fall/ winter 2015-2016 color trends. They come in exceptionally captivating colors as well, from bright sunshine yellow to the pretty lighter teal hue, black and white combinations and primary or secondary coloring that includes a true orange and a classic red. Dresses and skirts in snakeskin prints appear on the Chloe fashion show as well, while Marni proves the house adores its snakes as much as its warm plush fur. For Marni, the snakeskin appears in multiple colors, the teal being the best, while the material is used for both handbags and thick belts showing off a cinched in waist.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Reptile Skin Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #3: Abstract, Artistic and Kid Scribble Prints

Dolce & Gabbana is the fashion house that seems to love kid scribbles on their mini dresses and skirts, while Giorgio Armani offers us a wide array of choices in beautiful art deco and floral designs that are far from looking real. We have to saw that those childish drawings on the Dolce & Gabbana outfits were adorable and the idea to use such a print on the garments rather ingenious. It was a tribute to mothers everywhere and we can certainly see these pieces as becoming beautiful gifts for the upcoming Mother’s Day celebrations. Those absolutely sick Madonna prints from Dolce & Gabbana should also be mentioned in the category of the abstract and artistic patterns of the fall/ winter 2015-2016 print trends.

Antonio Marras includes abstract patterning that looks almost like a Rorschach blotted ink test as well, while rainbow colors create marble style looks for the house’s fans to enjoy. Emporio Armani brings abstract artistry to its garments as well, with psychedelic colors and almost boxier designs to some of the pieces. The best in this category has to be Giles from the London Fashion Week though with his watercolor abstracts and fun swirling prints.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Kid Scribble Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Artistic Abstract Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #4: Graphic and Op-Art Prints

In terms of abstract patterns, there are a few garments that also offer a bit of an optical illusion, such as the black and white pieces presented on the Emilio Pucci runway, appearing on thigh high boots and mini dresses. Nothing says optical illusions like the Byblos collection on the Milan Fashion Week, from the crop tops with the rounded appearance around the bust to the full length dresses that keep having one do a double take on each area looked at. Op-art prints also appeared a lot at the Jonathan Saunders and Tom Ford fashion shows, both of which brought a splash of color to the scene, while Karen Walker also offers a big portion of optical illusion patterns. Gorgeous graphic patterns in bright shades make an appearance in the Christian Dior fall collection as well.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Graphic Op-Art Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Graphic Op-Art Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #5: Leopard Prints

Animal prints are big for the fall/winter season in general, but it is the leopard that most designers opt to emulate on their coats and their dresses, but generally the outerwear. While Miu Miu prefers the white leopard as its inspiration, Louis Vuitton turns to darker coloring, where the spots appear to be water splatters on a dirty hood of a car. Though, even here we find a dress that matches the Miu Miu collection, despite being LV, a zip up mini dress that gives the model the right amount of feline attitude. Saint Laurent offers a piece or two in the print as well, while yellow, white and black mark the pieces that include the leopard print with the smaller spots in the Kenzo line. The leopard prints appear heavily in the Roberto Cavalli collection, looking positively spectacular as the models saunter onto stage in midi skirts and mini dresses, while also appearing on pretty vests over flowing, billowing dresses. Just Cavalli brings a different touch to the classic look by using red, white and orange coloring against the black outlines of the spots.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Leopard Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #6: Plaid Pieces

Plaid is the American and Canadian name for the Scottish tartan patterns that literally dominated so many of the collections presented on the runway, this including the Paul & Joe label presented on the Paris Fashion Week. They are warm wool fabrics and Miu Miu also decided to capitalize on their pretty checked looks that literally have us thinking of Scots in the winter, wearing tartan garments to ward off the chill. Chloe brings long ankle length plaid coats to the runway, while Vivienne Westwood knows how to bring the pattern to a fairy tale world with her Grimm Brothers style line-up. Acne Studios used a whole lot of tweed with the same patterning, while Alexander Wang mixed black and red for those cozy pieces that seemed some of the only wearable pieces we saw on the runway.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Plaid Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #7: All Types of Stripes

Stripes are quite common among the fall 2015 collections presented on the different runways from Paris to Milan, New York to London. One of the biggest striped looks that we see on the runway is the use of pinstripes, a look that is especially intriguing on the Louis Vuitton peplum tops and skirts. Horizontal stripes with thicker stripes are also something we came to expect from all the different designer showcasing their pieces, seen on Miu Miu and Paul & Joe, Valentino’s black and white versions and Sonia Rykiel’s love for the metallic silver these days. Kenzo really took his stripes to another level when you put waves in them, combined dark blue hues with a bright yellow for maximum contrast and drew some of the lines in a sideways fashion. Stripes went across and they went down in a vertical manner, they were cut off in the middle and continued a level below or they looked like sound waves from the radio. No matter how Kenzo did it, it looked spectacular. Salvatore Ferragamo of the Milan Fashion Week gives us beautiful horizontal and vertical stripes that take on contrasting colors, working perfectly with one another. Roberto Cavalli plays around with the waving stripes, while Oscar de la Renta brings broken lines to the stripy patterning on its cots, skirts, jackets, and suits

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Stripes

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Pinstripe Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #8: Word Prints

Word prints are a common enough trend, often appearing here and there on the runways, but none showing so much attention to it as Marc by Marc Jacobs, with the focus on the revolutionary phrases and bold wording that remind us of the Suffragette days or the Rastafarian movement. “Choice” and “Solidarity” are among the many printed words that appear throughout the collection, on scarves and pants, sleeves and gloves. It is quite interesting to see whole quotes appear on designer fashions, but that is literally exactly what Dolce & Gabbana did with their collection for the season, speaking words of love in different languages. Versace uses its name on its garments, with the letters of the word “Versace” strewn about in different colors, adorning dresses and sweaters, pantsuits and sheer tops. Philipp Plein brings in hashtags and sends out models with garments marked with #WARRIOR or #PLEIN.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Word Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #9: Gingham Patterns

Gingham patterning was all the rage during the spring/summer fashion shows, appearing on enticing and innovative design details that really had us thinking that those handkerchiefs and kitchen spreads can make for lovely garments. This time around, it was not Michael Kors that gave us these lovely samplings, but others like Marc Jacobs,Moncler Gamme Rouge, Fay and Paul & Joe that focused the attention on many an exciting feature.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Gingham Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #10: Crazy Checks

The checker board looks are a common enough ideal for the black and white combinations in particular. They appear on all forms of garments, but we fall for the Louis Vuitton look on the leather jacket every time. The checked looks were common enough, and when they were not in tartan patterning or gingham style, they were twill or just plain checker boards, kind of like those seen on the Moncler Gamme Rouge show in Paris. Since we’re talking about the crazy checked looks, let’s throw in the fact that Valentino loved combining the squared with the triangles, creating a whole new optical illusion with its skirts and dresses. Acne Studios may not be as well-known as some of the other houses appearing on the Paris Fashion Week, but its fall/winter show is sure to grab a whole lot of attention, particularly when it comes to using rather intriguing checked prints. Emporio Armani utilizes perfect checks in a whole different manner, appearing to be in 3D as the skirts and jackets are presented to the captivated viewers who just cannot get enough of the brand’s collections. Furthermore, Roksanda Ilincic brings really warm looks to the runway, and among the swirls and the marble pieces, we find gems in the forms of checked patterns, almost like looking through square panes of glass. It is a beautiful look that we cannot help but love.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Checkered Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #11: Floral Prints

The floral designs that are printed or embroidered onto the garments presented on the fashion week are either in literal fashion or in more abstract designs, as seen on the Louis Vuitton runway show. Whether as a skirt or a jacket, the floral look always looks divine. The combinations with the floral patterns, albeit not as pronounced as with the spring/summer collections for 2015, are superb with impressive colors encompassing a wide range of shades. Alexander McQueen’s rose prints in clearly contrasting colors are testament to this claim, looking delicious on the see-through dresses that cover everything but nothing at all. The Paul & Joe line features light blue and brown shades for its floral printed pieces, giving us lightweight dresses that look as lovely as they would feel against the skin. Here, we had both printed and embroidered versions of the floral pieces, from the more literal to the more abstract fields, on lacy tops and pretty cashmere pink skirt suits. Psychedelic colors in floral prints are given to Valentino this season it appears as the label presents see-through dresses with lots and lots of interestingly designed flowers strewn across them in different patterns. However, no one does the floral prints better than Giambattista Valli this season, even if we do very much like Stella McCartney’s visions with it as well. Kenzo’s floral leggings really are quite pretty, while the rose prints all over the Dolce & Gabbana collection warm our hearts. John Richmond’s red and teal flowers look quite pretty, while Marni’s use of both flowers and leaves as prints adds a touch of wholesome sophistication. Roberto Cavalli presents flowery embroidery and flower strewn dresses, abstract floral leaves on pants, as well as colorful designs on film strips. Others with almost entirely floral printed collections include Blugirl and Erdem, the latter literally having us fall in love with this type of print all over again. It certainly is nice to see flowering designs appear on the collections made for the seasons wherein every living plant begins to die out. There is a certain sense of hope that is inspired through it.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Floral Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Floral Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #12: Funky Animal Prints

While the garments may take on the skin of the animals, it is quite hilarious to see actual animal silhouettes appear on the runways, from Rahul Mishra’s birds of a feather to the butterflies that appeared on the Valentino and Elie Saab runways. We see Chinese dragons appear on Valentino’s runway, emblazoned across the chest and body of a sweater dress and a gauzy lace piece that falls to the floor, to the really sexy grey and black tiger print that takes form within the Saint Laurent fashion show. Givenchy knows how to incorporate peacock feathers into the garments created, while John Galliano appears to have been inspired by fish and their scales these days. This includes having full-fledged fish swimming around on the dresses as if in an aquarium, while in other places they have swarmed together to create a more abstract design in a kaleidoscope of colors. Celine takes things up another notch and adds owls and foxes onto its shirts while also offering a white tiger print coat that falls to the knees. Tiger prints could not look better than on the models John Richmond sends onto the catwalk, sashaying in skirt suits and coatdresses, pencil skirts and all. There is a goat that stares out from a sweater dress in the Emilio Pucci collection on the Milan Fashion Week runway, before a lion and a scorpion also appear, showing off parts of the constellation.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Animal Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Animal Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #13: Polka Dots

While this may not be the biggest print trend for the fall and winter seasons, we did end up seeing a whole lot of polka dots, including within the Saint Laurent collection’s line-up. Red and black tulle mini dresses were interesting pieces to behold, while the polka dotted see-through top towards the end offered more than a glimpse of skin. Kolor uses polka dots that are both big and small, on dresses and tops, in blue hues and grey and black. Maison Rabih Kairouz loves the use of white in its collection, bringing purplish pink polka dots to its shirts while they also appear here and there within the Emanuel Ungaro collection. Polka dot prints were a major part of the spring and summer collection trends as well, taking on both the classy and the neo-modern combinations. We can say the same for the fall/winter 2015-2016 collections as well. At the end of the day, though, the king of polka dots is Bottega Veneta, with the colorful polka dotted trousers and tunics, vest and skirts, jackets and blouses, as well as pantsuits to finish it all off; the whole collection almost being made up of colorful or blue hued and white dotted prints.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Polka Dots

Fall/Winter Print Trend #14: Tribal Prints

For those with a love for tribal prints, Dsquared2 offered a wide selection, particularly in the legging business. Ethnic prints were very much in during the spring/summer collection as well, a trend that has carried over quite nicely, even if it does not manifest in the same manner. While Dsquared2 used a whole lot of the tribal prints, nothing beats Etro on this ground, wherein every piece offers an ethnic feel to it, particularly from the Mesopotamian area, a place, which few designers explore for inspirations. While looking at the Just Cavalli collection you would not particularly say that they are tribal garments, there is a hint of something aboriginal going on here, from the prints to the accessories, the crazy colors and the uneven drawings. Anna Sui, on the other hand, brings Mongolian patterning to the modern woman’s wardrobe, using tribal prints to create a seamless transition between traditional and new age. Ethnic patterns make their way also into the new Burberry fall 2015 fashion line, making those pieces so busy and cool!

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Tribal Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trend #15: Fun and Bizarre Alternative Prints

While it may not be a big trend on the runway, Laura Biagiotti seemed to have been wholly inspired by Greek and Roman architecture, particularly the intricately carved pillars with their perfect designs and Godly effects. One of the craziest looks though is the human bodies entangling and the face silhouettes looking to the skies that have been the brainchild of Christopher Kane, utilized on all forms of dresses.

Perhaps the most notable user of the stars and constellations in the house’s collection for the fall and winter seasons is Emilio Pucci, with half the line-up appearing in either one horoscope sign or another, or even just as the stars and the moon and the planets from the night sky. It appears in dresses and cape coats, oversized sweater style long garments, as well as velvet shorts and thigh high boots, looking as beautiful as expected from an Emilio Pucci creation.

While it might not seem like these two prints match on another, Moschino seems to think they do and brings them to the catwalk in subsequent ordering, from the world of graffiti and hip hop to the world of the coolest cartoon characters around, featuring Sylvester and Taz, Porky the Pig and Tweety Bird. Of course, no Looney Toons collection would be complete without Elmer and Bugs Bunny himself!

We also love Karen Walker’s psychedelic clockface print appearing on a lovely mini dress, as well as those M.C. Escher-esque artistic prints that add so much spice to the entire collection.

Among the bizarre alternative prints for fall 2015 we should also mention those flirty lip patterns of Diane von Furstenberg, the lipstick motifs from Saint Laurent, as well as the vibrant mishmash of all sorts of creative patterns from the Stella Jean fall 2015 collection.

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Bizarre Alternative Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Zodiac Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Graffiti & Hip Hop Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Bizarre Alternative Patterns

Fall/ Winter 2015-2016 Print Trends: Bizarre Alternative Patterns

Like the fall 2015 trendy colors, the fall/ winter 2015-2016 print and pattern trends are also extremely diverse and cool trying to target a big army of fashion-forward women, giving them fresh ideas for making a big statement in the new season. We simply can’t wait to see these prints hit the fashion stores come the fall months!

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YSL Pop Water Summer 2015 Makeup Collection

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Yves Saint Laurent is one of the most prestigious fashion houses from Paris and its cosmetics collections are often incomparable to any other. With Cara Delevingne the poster child of the YSL Pop Water summer 2015 makeup collection, we have fallen in love with it all from the first look. At the moment, all the pieces from the collection are listed as Nordstrom exclusive, though there is no information yet about the pieces, shades and formulas that are to be considered limited edition or that are here to stay on a permanent basis. It is only available with Nordstrom, wherein we can order now and expect shipping until the end of the month. No matter how hard it seems to get it, and the fact that there is no way for instant gratification is grating on the nerves, it is pretty clear that we cannot help but love the new YSL makeup line that includes metallic liquid eye shadows, sheer nail polishes and shimmery pink-nude plumping glossy stains.

YSL Pop Water Summer 2015 Makeup Collection

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres’ Plump Up Glossy Stain ($36.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

The plumping gloss stain is perfect for those of us with small or thin lips that really need a bit of a push-up effect to get through. The formula used is perfectly hydrating and offers us the opportunity to have plumper, more seductive lips shining for up to 6 hours. Unfortunately, this version of the glossy lip stain is only available in a single option.

• #200 Plum Up

YSL Pop Water Vernis à Lèvres’ Glossy Stain ($36.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

The regular glossy lip stain, on the other hand, comes in 7 different shades and is considered the third revolution under the Glossy Stain franchise, offering perfect brilliance and 10 hours of hydration with a translucent pop of color. The lips are one of the best features on any woman and adding the right colors and the right hydration formula to them ensures they also look as perfect as we are on the inside. That Misty Pink coloring looks rather delicious!

• #201 Dewy Red
• #202 Rouge Splash
• #203 Eau de Corail
• #204 Onde Rose
• #205 Pink Rain
• #206 Misty Pink
• #207 Juicy Peach
• #208 Wet Nude

YSL Pop Water Summer 2015 Makeup Collection

YSL Pop Water Summer 2015 Makeup Collection

YSL Full Metal Shadow Metallic Color Liquid Eyeshadow ($30.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

The metal eye shadow collection comes in 10 different shades and gorgeous tubes that look like they are meant for the lips but work perfect as applicators for the eyelids. These are the first metallic colored liquid eye shadows offered by the brand, with packed in pigmentation formulas that last up to 16 hours without creasing, flaking or fading away. They contain 40% water for a cooling effect according to the fashion house, and the added intensity to the colors on the eyes in superb! The applicator itself allows us to use it to create a full lidded look, create just a line instead of an eye liner and to really go for it and do the perfect graphic eye. No matter how we plan to use these incredibly beautiful pieces, we know that they will really make the eyes pop and are worth the $30 dished out for each of them.

• #01 Grey Splash
• #02 Eau D’Argent
• #03 Taupe Drop
• #04 Onde Sable
• #05 Steamy Coral
• #06 Pink Cascade
• #07 Aquatic Copper
• #08 Dewy Gold
• #09 Misty Green
• #10 Wet Blue

YSL Pop Water La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer ($27.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

The nail lacquer offered by Yves Saint Laurent in its new collection is truly fantastic, in the sleek and elongated bottles imprinted with the timeless logo of the fashion house. The four distinct pieces are both elegant and practical, nothing too extravagant and all offering a new generation in nail lacquers to be explored. The shades are inspired by the fashion trends on the runways, ranging from the more subtle Rose Splash to the truly summer worthy Orange Drop. Each piece has a high shine finish to it, while ensuring that it is long wearing and contains chil rose oil. This means that as you apply the nail polish, you are also strengthening the nails underneath, moisturizing them and protecting them from chips and cracks. The best part is, the formula dies up quickly, does not streak and gives a perfectly flawless, intense result.

• #63 Rouge Wet
• #64 Fuchsia Rain
• #65 Rose Splash
• #66 Orange Drop

YSL Pop Water Summer 2015 Makeup Collection

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Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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The first response one has to seeing theZuhair Murad fall/winter 2015-2016 collection is a look of awe, followed by a pretty exuberant exclamation to all who would hear that you are head over heels in love with the looks portrayed. There is no way to escape, not from the magical designs that utterly captivate an individual. But that is the Lebanese charm, for we have seen those incredible designers from Beirut produce one magnificent collection after another, taking our breaths away with each piece showcased. Most of the collection is in black and white, following the year’s trends and really focusing on those stark contrasts that are altogether too appealing when translated into a fashionable art form. The black and white color scheme certainly is not the only reference to the latest trends either, as Murad brings our attention to the legs peek out from under high slits that creep up to the tops of the thighs, particularly on those wedding style gowns that we so dearly covet.

Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

The lacework we find within the Zuhair Murad fall/winter 2015-2016 collection requires a paragraph unto itself as the incredibly talented designer weaves perfect silhouetted with the fabric, using it in the stead of sleeves to create a cape like ideal, allowing it to define the whole of the dresses themselves by acting as a translucent mesh behind which the beauty of the female body is worshiped in earnest; the lace is used on flared pants as well paired with a shiny vest like top that wraps around the body and leaves us admiring the open chest revealed through a plunging V neckline that is very much one of the many trends that have been rocking the runway from the spring/summer seasons down to the fall and winter. The lace is also turned into embroidered tops with flared sleeves, evening gowns with such perfect tailoring that we are unable to wrest our eyes from them, and perfect capes that have black sequin paillettes and stitched embroidered all the way through, sitting beautifully on the dress that leaves little to the imagination with its gauzy tulle material.

Zuhair Murad enjoys dressing up the stars that grace the red carpet and seems to create the perfect look that would be documented as the best dresses seen at the Oscars, the Grammy’s and all the different awards shows that seem to be an ongoing thing for the United States and the United Kingdom. It appears as if the movie Frozen has also captured his creative mind as snowflakes and ice crystals and turned into a perfectly white gown with a lovely train and plunging neckline, the waist and sides embroidered in the frosted fashion.

Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Tulle and satin, lace and tafetta; we see the gowns and the zigzag embroidered top, the high waist stretch trousers with the flared ends and the use of sequins all over the place make for an incredibly arresting collection. The colors may center around black and white, but we also have royal blue, and gentle teal, even a touch of purple that we can clearly see hitting the red carpet soon enough. The skirts of the dresses have hems that are mini level from time to time, a few pieces at midi and most coming down to the floor length in an attempt to have as many evening gowns available as possible. Beautiful collection!

Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

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Acne Studios Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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Acne Studios has brought to the Paris Fashion Week catwalk a rather intriguing collection that can neither be considered the best nor the worst that we have seen on that runway in the last few days. Of course, of the 30 pieces put on display in the Acne Studios fall/winter 2015-2016 collection for our viewing pleasure, it would be the one with the nearly bare chest that would catch our attention since we simply cannot understand when and where one could go out wearing such garments without being arrested for public indecency. There are a few pieces we like though and among some of the rather unusually cut and tailored designs, they truly stand out as unique. This includes the ensemble with the sweet cropped top with the sleeveless cut paired with the tight high waist legging style pants that somehow remind us of the jeggings that were in style but two or three years ago. The funky mushroom hat and the pure red lips complete the look nicely while cowboy boots may have been a better choice than the black simple open-toe sandals that the model has been given. The fabric pulls at the crotch of the size 2 model though, so we find it hard to imagine how it would look on our size 8 bodies.

Acne Studios Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection - Paris Fashion Week

Acne Studios is a Swedish fashion house that was founded in 1997 by Jonny Johansson, the designer who works as the company’s creative director to this day and delivers to us both men’s and women’s ready to wear fashions, footwear, accessories, as well as denim. The company has gained immense popularity and is available for purchase in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Antwerp and Tokyo. At the moment, Acne Studios presents its spring/summer and fall/winter collections, appearing twice a year on the Paris Fashion Week runway. It also presents the women’s resort and pre-fall collections in New York. For Acne Studios, it is all about the quality of the pieces and the longer the life of a single garment, the better for the company it appears. In 2014, their goal was to have 20 percent of their fabrics used for their constant products made of organic cotton and other environmentally stable materials.

The Acne Studios pieces seem to really focus on tight materials around the legs, accentuating their length and really showing off their width, while we find ourselves enthralled with the double breasted midi dress in navy and magazine page designs, cinched at the waist with a silver wraparound belt and the look complete with large dark glasses, a lovely beret, dark red lips and mottled beige and camel half boots up to mid-calf. Throughout the Acne Studios fall/winter 2015-2016 collection we see lots of tight pants with slits at the inside hem, including in denim and leather, while a few pieces show off the nipples proudly, others have oversized coats, while others still include symmetrical skirt hems and slits all over the place, generally placed smack in the center as the season’s trends dictate. It may not be the best collection out there, but it certainly is not the worst either, falling somewhere in between with lots of room for improvement. We expect something amazing to be handed to us come the spring/summer 2016 collection time and we cannot wait to see how Acne Studios turns this around!

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Zadig & Voltaire Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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After a colorful sporty chic spring collection, French brand Zadig & Voltaire goes back to its rock ‘n’ roll roots enchanting the world with the brand-new Zadig & Voltairefall/winter 2015-2016 collection that has just rocked Paris Fashion Week. Titled Midnight Vagabond, the new collection also marks a new beginning, as Paulo Melim Andersson has joined the team to co-design the womenswear and accessories along with the brand’s creative director Cecilia Bönström. Saying that they have done an amazing job would mean saying nothing, as the entire 33 looks long collection wins our admiration from the very first sight with its relaxed and utterly wearable designs that come drenched in boldness, glamour and rock attitude. From the materials and the color palette used to the tiny details and the smart layering techniques, the Zadig & Voltaire fall 2015 rtw collection has lots of aspects to become your favorite source of inspiration for getting your wardrobe fall ready come the cold months.

Zadig & Voltaire Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Saying rock, we of course mean an abundance of black, leather and studs, which have got unique interpretations in the Zadig & Voltaire fall collection. Solid black is actually the protagonist color throughout the collection, however, we are also treated to splashes of yellow, white, cream, blue, khaki, brown and gray alongside the tiny motifs of Marsala wine acting as contrasting accents mainly appearing either on the footwear or the handbags. We love the way different styles and fabrics have been combined in single looks, while zips, studs and pretty stars galore act as final brushstrokes for perfecting the looks and injecting the right dose of the rock ‘n’ roll spin to them. We see lots of short lengths putting the focus on the bare legs of the models, and this is exactly the way the show kicked off bringing a super-mini studded skirt with a tiny slit on one of the legs, which is teamed with a black mesh knit sweater and a back leather belt. This is bold, glam and rock and it’s designed for the self-confident Zadig & Voltaire girl, who needs no flashing colors or too many details for standing out in the crowd.

We see classic menswear inspired motifs as well, like the pinstripe cropped jumpsuit that is again embellished with studs and is worn with a biker leather jacket to keep the mood of the collection. And although rock ‘n’ roll is the primary focus of the entire line-up, we also discover subtle Seventies inspirations exercised through the brown suedes, as well as romantic dresses featuring delicate fabrics, pretty embroidery and prints for those boho-chic girly girls, looking for lovely alternatives to all those black leather designs. There are even soft lingerie-style inspirations brought to life through the parade of slip-dresses and tops utilizing the same lightweight fabrics and interesting asymmetric hemlines. We have leather and we have fur galore, coming as cozy and chic outerwear options and using colors ranging from the classic whites and browns to psychedelic color-blocked options in much subdued hues. And since winter is about a warm and comfy style, the Zadig & Voltaire fall/winter 2015-2016 collection also offers stylish knitting from scarfs and sweaters to casual sweater-dresses with holes. Add tweeds and pinstripe pantsuits with the blazer featuring Eighties squared shoulders and you get a super-diverse and functional collection ready to dress you creatively for different occasions.

Zadig & Voltaire Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Zadig & Voltaire Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Zadig & Voltaire Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Zadig & Voltaire Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Equally stunning is the accessory selection of the collection, bringing oversized over-the-shoulder bags and pointy-toe metallic python leather Mod booties, quilted felt hats with frayed edges and feathers, but also big fluffy fur gloves that seem to be shaping a whole new trend for the fall to come. While the hair of the models is kept loose and casual with a deep center part, the makeup is natural with the accent placed on the black eyeliner smudged on the lower lash line. Wholly, it was a beautiful, energizing and cool show that taught us many a style lesson for looking easy breezy lemon squeezy this fall!

Zadig & Voltaire Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Zadig & Voltaire Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Zadig & Voltaire Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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Opulent, glamorous, breathtakingly beautiful and feminine… Olivier Rousteing once again captured our hearts with his chic Balmain fall/winter 2015-2016 collection that has just been triumphantly showcased on the runway at Paris Fashion Week. Being the logical continuation of the brand’s pre-fall lineup we discovered not that long ago, this ready-to-wear collection brings a burst of beautiful autumnal shades to the scene and flowing silhouettes mixing Seventies with Eighties in the most glamorous way possible. While the whole world focused on the star-studded front row with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, a.k.a. the brand’s faces for their menswear spring 2015 campaign, taking center stage during the show with Kim debuting her brand-new platinum hair color, we couldn’t take our eyes off Alessandra Ambrosio, who opened the show donning a pleated floor-length jumpsuit in the warm mustard color and with sexy cut-outs. The entire #BalmainArmy rocked the stage today in Paris with Adriana Lima, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Kendall Jenner, Jessica Stam, Lily Donaldson, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn all looking ravishing in an array of jaw-dropping Balmain designs that apparently have used Oliver’s close friend Kim Kardashian as the muse.

Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Like the music to which the show kicked off, the entire Balmain fall/winter 2015-2016 collection was a remix of the sexy and the classy, the elegant and the sporty, the monochrome with the hot color blocking touches. As a rule, we were treated to a parade of party-ready glamorous designs utilizing lots of sheer lace used for the brightly colored skin-tight long-sleeved bodysuits and mini skirts, strong shoulders bringing the ‘80s references first spotted at London Fashion Week for this fall, as well as a rich Eighties color palette, lots of pleats, beaded fringe and sensual satin giving movement and freshness to those maxi designs. It’s really interesting to see some designers breaking from the season’s trending Sixties and Seventies styles and bringing variety to the scene experimenting with the Eighties instead. No wonder, Olivier Rousteing did it skillfully, injecting loads of femme fatale attitude to his brightly colored designs.

Vintage looks bold and beautiful according to Balmain, comprising an opulent color palette of yellows, oranges, purples, turquoises, greens, blues, fuchsias and hot pinks perfectly balanced with blacks, whites and glittery motifs. We have stripes, romantic florals and abstract patterns put in a myriad of colors that look irresistible in combination with those boldly color-blocked designs. Signature Balmain wide belts in different colors, as well as plunging V-necklines, midriff-exposing cuts, one-shoulder-off designs and colorful fur enhance the drama and glamour in the looks, being used in the right proportions to complement the looks rather than become focal points themselves.

Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

You’ll hardly see any bare legs throughout the collection, since the models either wear wide-leg billowing jumpsuits, pants and tops duos or style their mini dresses and skirts with black tights that kind of boost the sexiness in the looks, at the same time granting them with warmth. We, of course, saw amazing outerwear options and long-sleeved looks, as it’s fall after all and feeling comfy and cozy should be balanced with the gorgeousness of the pieces you don. In line with this, the collection brings amazing evening-ready looks that place the accent on the movement and colors. Wholly, it was a fierce and strong collection, one that Balmain has gotten us used to expecting and one that we’ll dream about a lot!

Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

Balmain Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Collection – Paris Fashion Week

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