Dispatches from Paris Fashion Week: Day 1
Ed-in-chief Andrea touches down in Paris for a week full of shows, presentations and fashions
The first thing that I noticed the minute I stepped out of the airport was that it was much warmer than the last few seasons of Paris fashion week. Regretted packing those extra two heavy coats, but at least my tea-length skirts will do just fine.
After an hour-long (mostly one-sided) conversation with a typical French taxi driver who ranted about the government, the Air France strike and how much he hated driving in central Paris, I arrived at my hotel where a stack of show invites were waiting for me at reception. It's always an exciting process, going through the envelopes and seeing which shows I managed to get invites to, as those are not always a given, due to small show spaces and such. My surrounds only added to the excitement, especially as my room was decorated with theatrical flair (it is called Hotel les Theatres, after all).
I headed out to the first thing on my agenda, the H&M Studio presentation at Les Arts Décoratifs. I get a personal run through of the collection by the Head of Design at H&M, Ann-Sofie Johansson herself, who told me how they went to Miami for inspiration for the collection, evident from the bright tropical prints on silk shorts, pajama shirts and caftans. At the space, cacti, potted plants and even cocktails served to the guests added to the Florida-loving vibe. Elements of sportiness and the seventies can be found in the collection as well, making it a collection that's totally hitting all the top trends from this season.
Over dinner, I got a sneak peek at homegrown designer Jonathan Liang's SS15 collection in his Parisian apartment right after a delicious home-cooked meal by the designer himself. A man of many talents indeed. The collection will only be available for viewing at his showroom on 27 October, so I felt special indeed. Inspired by Jackson Pollock and freedom fighters, the collection features cool-girl jackets with back zippers, silk shorts with inner sheer organza layers and clever pieces that you can wear multiple ways. The fact that these details have become instantly recognisable as Jonathan Liang is a testament to this young designer for establishing his brand so strongly.
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