Paris Fashion Week is the cherry on top of fashion month. With design houses such as Balmain, Balenciaga, and Chloé showcasing their latest designs for Fall/Winter 2016-2017. Starting off with Balmain, whose collection seemed to be heavily influenced by the Kardashians giving each model an hourglass figure. Olivier Rousteing, the creative director for Balmain who is publicly known for hanging out with the famous family, seems to be almost infatuated with the famous family. Each model was spotted wearing thigh-high boots, giving them the appearance of the lampshade look, which was coveted by the Kardashians stylist, Monica Rose. Kendall, Kylie, Kim, and Kourtney have all been photographed by the paparazzi wearing this trend. Also, did I mention the hourglass shape embedded in the Balmain designs. Almost every single piece showcased the hourglass look, which again has been seen on Kim, Kourtney, Kylie, and Khloe. I do love Balmain’s pieces, and I’m happy Olivier Rousteing incorporated soft blues and pinks into the collection, but I wish he wasn’t so inspired by the Kardashian Klan. I would like to see something more refreshing and new from Balmain and not Kardashian influenced. But the Kardashians are obviously giving Balmain publicity (good and bad), which is why I was probably prompted to write a little piece on the collection.

Balmain

Balmain

Balmain

Balmain

Moving onto Balenciaga. Now this was Demna Gvasalia’s first collection with Balenciaga who is known for his streetwise appeal. And Cristóbal Balenciaga was known for his impeccable attention to detail, catering to only elite and privileged women. The two are very different, so it was fascinating to see Gvasalia’s collection infused with his streetwise aesthetic and Balenciaga’s contemporary pieces. The collection started off with padded, hip suits giving an hourglass silhouette to the look. And transitioned into puffer jackets that fell off the shoulder giving a rounded look up top. Which I thought was genius. But then the collection took a shocking turn with floral scarf dresses matched with candy cane tights. Overall, I really thoroughly enjoyed the collection; it was edgy, sophisticated, and contemporary. Everything I like, all in one.

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Balenciaga

Another soft collection from Paris Fashion Week was Chloé. Ahh, Chloé. I love this hippie, bohemian, chic collection. It’s so whimsical and colorful, and such a turn in the opposite direction from other designers showing at Paris Fashion Week. Think hippie meets biker chick or Coachella; the collection screamed free spirit. Anyways, moving on to the trend that was showcased throughout the majority of the  collection, the french necktie. A trend that can be easily done by anyone, and can be dressed up or down. Bravo, Chloé, bravo.

Chloé

Chloé

Chloé

Chloé

Overall, when it comes to fashion, the shows/collections in Paris are some of the best within fashion month.

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