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The most anticipated Paris Fashion Week AW15 shows

After London, New York and Milan, Paris rounds off another season of fashion weeks. Read our guide to the most anticipated catwalk shows of AW15, including brands such as Chanel, Valentino and Acne

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Rebecca Fearn,

A brand that radiates femininity, Valentino can always be depended upon for pretty dresses, floaty fabrics and delicate prints. The SS15 line took a slightly different direction; by featuring some sophisticated cuts and heavier fabrics, Valentino ensured audiences were surprised, but pleasantly so. The classic Valentino aesthetic crept in later, however, with sheer dresses and pastel shades in abundance. We anticipate the AW15 show, scheduled to be shown at the Jardin des Tuileries, will be just as impressive. 

Saint Laurent
Last season Saint Laurent confirmed one of the biggest trends of spring/summer 2015, the 1970s, with an array of suede, leather and fur, and pieces that were fun, individual and, most importantly, truly wearable. Saint Laurent is the ultimate luxury brand, and one that holds some of the most anticipated catwalk shows each season. It is both interesting and exciting to see which direction the legendary brand will take this time.

Less established than some of the other Paris Fashion Week brands, Acne is an alternative option for visitors. The Swedish brand takes a multidisciplinary approach to design, as creative director Jonny Johansson’s interests lie not only in fashion, but also in art, architecture and photography. The designer’s SS15 collection astounded onlookers with its bright, printed suits, structured silhouettes and colourful leather. Showing at the impressive Centre Pompidou this season, Acne is sure to impress the fashion pack.

Season after season, Balenciaga never fails to impress. While the brand is best known for its bags, Balenciaga clothing is, in our opinion, always the real star of the show. This is especially the case since Alexander Wang took over as creative director. Wang always manages to present a clear and focused aesthetic that is different every season. For this reason, Balenciaga is one of the most exciting shows to attend; you never know what you’re going to get.

Every young woman longs for a Céline bag, and the brand’s catwalk shows are just as admired as its accessories. Known for its clean cuts and camel hues, Céline last season took a slightly different approach, dabbling in print and vibrant shades such as poppy reds. The classic colours and shapes were still there, however, modernised with flirtatious ruffled hemlines and daring splits. We can’t wait to see what Phoebe Philo brings to the table (or, more appropriately, the catwalk) this season.

No Paris Fashion Week is complete without the iconic Chanel show, which always boasts a star-studded front row and a stunning location as Karl Lagerfeld pulls out all the stops when presenting his new collections to audiences around the world. For SS15, Lagerfeld gave us a lesson in elevated wearability: pieces that could easily transfer from catwalk to wardrobe, but still with a high-end edge. For the brand’s AW15 show, the Grand Palais is the chosen space. With such an impressive location, we are sure Chanel will not disappoint.

Elie Saab
Lebanese designer Elie Saab has a passion for beautiful fabrics and show-stopping gowns. Last season he offered dresses with thigh-high splits, in an array of bold and bright shades. The designer’s couture collection is also a firm favourite on the red carpet. The year’s spectacle is taking place at the Espace Ephémère in the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries, one of the most striking locations used for the Parisian shows.



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