PARIS FASHION WEEK AW17

After a couple of weeks had passed since a busy LFW I was already packing for my first Paris Fashion Week, something I have been looking forward to for months. I have been keen to return back to Paris since my trip last summer, I left feeling like there was so much more to discover. After a relatively strightforward trip to Paris which included my friends suitcase breaking and bumping into 'Millie Mackintosh', by Friday afternoon last week we were in the heart of Paris. Once we had settled into our cosy hotel, which was next door to the glorious 'Galeries Lafayette', we set out to start exploring the magnificent city. It felt very comforting to be back here as this is a city that has so much to offer and divulge yourself into. After a stop off at 'The Louvre' (where the recent Louis Vuitton show has taken place) and a ride to the Eiffel Tower to watch it light up, this will be a landmark that amazes me each and every time. Once the evening had unfolded we found ourselves drinking cocktails at a restaurant next to the River Seine which had an amazing view of the city, the perfect way to end our first day.

The next morning started nice and early with a very much needed latte and croissant, very french of me I know! We took full advantage of being next door to a massive shopping centre by spending the morning looking at Prada bags and trying on a Balmain jacket, which I ended up completely falling in love with. The afternoon consisted of finding new destinations in the city, discussing our equal excitement for the shows that evening and getting lost in the beautiful streets of Paris. Once we had got back to our hotel and got ready for the evening we had ahead of us, it was almost show time! I wore a baby blue shirt with a cream blazer over the shoulders as I wanted to create an elegant image that complimented the grey suit trousers I paired them with.

Shirt - New Look

Blazer - River Island

Trousers - New Look

The shows were to take place at the 'Hotel D'Evreux' which was in-between the Ritz and a Louis Vuitton shop, all of which is located in the 'Place Vendome' square. When we arrived we were greeted by the lovely Eloise Campell who had sent us our invitations for the shows and a flute of proseco. We were very kindly given front row seats by the OFS team which was greatly appreciated and gave us a perfect view of the shows we were about to see. 'Norish Kareem' opened the show who really made a statement with her very modern collection that featured beautiful floral prints. I'm pleased after a big winter campaign of florals that it will be something we will continue to see throughout the spring/summer season.

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A real eye-opener for me was the work of 'Tiannia Barnes', from the moment her first piece came down the runway I was in awe of the silk fabrics used. My first perception of this collection was that it was very 'innocent', that was completely broken away from when fishnet stockings and fur jackets made an appearance. I really loved how it made me think and perceive it to begin with only to turn things around and produce another, this to me is exactly what the fashion world is craving. Nobody just wants a boring beige jacket or pretty pink dress anymore, as the industry evolves they want something that will captivate their everyday life (after all fashion is what you live your life in, regardless who you are).

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Energetic colours, unique makeup styles and African influences were presented in 'The Prodigal Daughter' collection. A show to me is never complete without a touch of culture and it was a nice variation between a very much 'couture' focused show. 'Enora Hiernaux' showed a very particular piece which was one of my favourite outfits, not just from the show but from the whole season. It was lovely also to see my friend Amy Woodman, who I had previously met last year on a photoshoot, model this look so brilliantly. The chic white jumpsuit held the outfit together with structure whilst the multicoloured sleeves seemed to have a life of their own.

After the first show had finished we had a half hour interval between the next which gave me a chance to quickly meet another friend of mine, Amber Smith, who was attending the next show with me. I had previously worked with her at New Look before she returned to university to continue her studies, she was in Paris with 'Temperley London' who she was interning with at the time. Once the second show was underway 'K. RaShae Collection, LLC' showed us that gold metalics aren't just for those certain accessories as they were paired with smart black ensembles.

Red is a timeless colour that I enjoy experimenting with in my outfits so I was pleased to see the 'Gloria Guerrero' collection do just that as it was combined with crinkled see through fabrics.  'Armine Ohanyan' thrived with pale colours and floral detailing in their distinctive collection that showed a new and exciting approach to fashion that we can all look forward to seeing in the future. The models were featured with sunglasses which really finished off the pieces with a flare of edge and identity, this is something that I myself incorporate into my own style.

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These shows were everything I wanted them to be and more, a true representation as to just why Paris is called the 'home of fashion'. Shortly after leaving we dined at a restaurant just down the street, then soon after made our way to the afterparty! It was quite surreal to be taking a taxi ride to a Paris Fashion Week afterparty with the view of the Eiffel Tower to my left and having two of my close friends to my right, a moment that felt very 'Devil Wears Prada'. The party was held at 'L'Aquarium le Club' which was as the name suggests was a club with an aquarium, something I've never experienced before. The night was spent partying with models and designers, drinking champagne and dancing on the table, a night I'll never forget spent with brilliant company. My first PFW had sadly come to an end but it was made truly unforgettable and I am so excited to return back here to see what SS18 has in store, see you in September Paris!