The latest collections presented at Paris Fashion Week spring 2014 were anything but boring. Fun, sporty and edgy were the buzzwords for many fashion labels, each with its own unique set of interpretations. Boxy jackets, cropped tops, oversized coats and denim pieces received plenty of interesting interpretations, but there were also plenty of surprises show-wise. By far the most unique presentation of the Paris Fashion Week was Rick Owens'. The designer stared runway diversity in the face and took it to a whole new level. Here are our favorite PFW looks:
PFW Spring 2014 Trends: '80s & '90s at Balmain
Balmain designer, Olivier Rousteing, took inspiration from the '80s and '90s fashion trends for his 'Balmain spring 2014 collection, bringing fun, playful head-turning outfits which were clearly designed with the 'more is more' philosophy in mind. Houndstooth prints and checkers were the leitmotifs of the show pattern-wise.
The line featured boxy jackets, flirty bodycon short dresses and flippy skirts, fresh variations on denim pieces, especially overalls and several leather pieces which brought an additional edgy vibe to the new offerings. View more from: Balmain spring 2014 collection
PFW Spring 2014 Trends: Sporty & Urban Barbara Bui
The Barbara Bui spring 2014 collection brought several refreshing takes on denim. The new line goes way beyond the idea of perfect jeans and explores several interesting options: chic blazers with intricate patterns, boxy coats, cool short dresses, cropped tops, athletic-inspired skinny jeans...the designer let her imagination run wild. A couple of modern, simple black and white combos with an elegant vibe were other interesting options from the collection.
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PFW Spring 2014 Trends: Futuristic Sportswear at Paco Rabanne
For his first line for the Paco Rabanne brand, designer Julien Dossena chose a retro futuristic approach with plenty of sportswear influences. Key highlights from the show were cargo pants with plenty of zipper details, boxy bomber jackets, cool metallic short dresses and sexy miniskirts, tailored overcoats, cool sweatshirts or athletic tank tops. When the brand chose its new creative director it stated that: “His radical and innovative interpretation of the Paco Rabanne style will allow us to firmly establish our collections in the world of the most avant-garde and desirable brands on the market,” and it seems that these hopes will be turned into a reality if this line is any indication. View more from: Paco Rabanne spring 2014 collection
PFW Spring 2014 Trends: Timeless Classics at Bouchra Jarrar
Bourchra Jarrar's spring 2014 collection was an interesting illustration of real world chic. The designer has never chased trends or went for quirky alternatives that sacrificed wearability in order to make a statement. Subtle athletic influences defined the label's new modern creations which had a distinguishable timeless allure. Gorgeous vests, chic leather biker jackets and simple short dresses were the brand's main offerings for the warm months of 2014.
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PFW Spring 2014: Urban Military at Rick Owens
If these don't seem like your typical models, it's because they're not! Rick Owens sent real women down the runway to present his spring 2014 line, proving that he takes the issue of runway diversity very seriously. He went to four US colleges and picked women of different races, sizes and shapes and created his very own team of step dancers/warriors. It was both a fashion presentation and a performance. As for the clothes, military influences definitely dominated. Key pieces from the new line were sculpted leather vests, tunics, shorts and cool sneakers.
View more from: Rick Owens spring 2014 collection