Originally published for Scotcampus.
Welcome back to This Week in Fashion! Here’s your rundown of the happenings from the past week…
The biggest news in fashion this week has been Paris Couture Week, which began at the weekend and, as you can imagine, has been incredibly decadent. The collections have taken us on a journey through time, from 18th Century-esque costume dresses at Dior and Chanel to psychedelic 60s flower power prints at Miu Miu and 80s disco vibes at Atelier Versace.
As for the front row, Kristen Stewart debuted her new hairstyle (it’s very short and very orange) at the Chanel show and Emma Watson and, a very tanned, Jennifer Lawrence struck up a fashionable friendship, while both looking amazing, at the Dior show.
Mulberry unveiled their AW14 campaign starring, model of the moment, Cara Delevingne. The photos and accompanying video were shot by Tim Walker in the Scottish highlands and see Cara strutting through the picturesque countryside and posing in a selection of farmer-chic outfits, comprising of wooly jumpers, polo necks, tartan skirts and knee high socks. Earlier this year, Mulberry revealed their collaboration with the 21-year-old model on her trio of Cara bags at London Fashion Week and it seems the relationship has extended even further, with the two joining forces again on the quintessentially British label’s latest campaign.
Balmain also revealed their AW14 campaign this week and have been praised for the diverse selection of models featured in the series of photos shot by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Katie Grand. The campaign features well-established models Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Binx Walton, alongside the less-established Ysauny Brito, Issa Lish and, newcomer, Kayla Scott, in her debut campaign. Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing said that he wanted to show the “beauty of different ethnicities” with this campaign and, in true Balmain fashion, it’s all about female power.
Finally, NEWGEN – the British Fashion Council’s scheme for supporting young, emerging talent – have announced the names of eight up-and-coming British designers, who will receive sponsorship to put towards their SS15 collections, to be showcased at London Fashion Week later this year. Ashley Williams and Faustine Steinmetz will receive presentation sponsorship for the first time, along with Danielle Romeril and Ryan Lo, who have previously received funding for their presentations. Receiving catwalk sponsorship are Lucas Nascimento, Marques’Almeida and 1205, and Claire Barrow will be receiving exhibition sponsorship. The scheme has previously helped boost the careers of, now household names, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Meadham Kirchoff, to name a few, and is an excellent platform, which allows young designers to showcase their work on a wide scale.
Look of the Week
Gemma Arterton pulled off the perfect mix of sexy and sophisticated at this year’s Serpentine Gallery Summer Party, dressed in a two-piece Prabal Gurung ensemble. Also in attendance were the likes of Alexa Chung, Nick Grimshaw and Suki Waterhouse, who attended the event with her boyfriend, Bradley Cooper.