Fashion month has officially wrapped up with the final and most established houses such as YSL, Christian Dior, Valentino, Givenchy, and Chanel displaying their highly anticipated fall/winter ready to wear collections in Paris. Models have finished their month long strut down extravagantly decorated runways draped in fine garments and artistic talent through the four cities: New York, London, Milan and Paris.
Stretching back to the 1800’s, “fashion parades” were staged in France by couture houses in order to showcase to their clients the new collection. These were small scale and intimate events with photographers generally not allowed for fear of other designers copying designs. American’s incorporated this publicity concept into their fashion industry by the beginning of the twentieth century, with department stores showing their new season off on runways in their basements. During the second World War, many established European fashion houses did not publicly showcase their collections. This was in direct contrast to the industry in the United States, where, in 1943, the first “press week” (which was officially dubbed Fashion Week in 1975) was held, which formed the foundation of New York Fashion Week. The runway shows had strayed increasingly from having an intimate atmosphere with an exclusive audience of clients. They were now seen as a way designers could exhibit their new collections to the media and to potential retailers. Designer-client interactions were becoming more and more infrequent (excluding haute couture) in preference to boutiques and retailers stocking the lines.
New York Fashion Week has since vastly expanded and is now a part of the notorious ‘Fashion Month’ where designers showcase collections in New York City, London, Milan and Paris. Occurring twice a year, in February for fall/winter collections and in September for spring/summer, it attracts interest from around the globe. Socialites, movie stars, celebrities, influencers, CEO’s and millionaires flock to get a glimpse at their favourite designer’s or fashion house’s new collection. Photos and videos of the exquisite collections are plastered all over the internet: on news sites and publications, as well as social media (instagram, facebook, twitter etc.). This may become too much for some people, however, us here at Hens Party Idea’s Adelaide love our fashion and drink up the new and innovative designs like water (or Cocktails).
This year fashion houses seemed to place a particular focus on female empowerment. Strong models showcased powerful designs. Designers, headed by Christian Siriano, sent a diverse set of women down their runways in a variety of clothing styles, celebrating female beauty in all forms and showing that high fashion is not just for the thin.
There has been increasing feminist themes throughout high fashion. Maria Grazia Chiuri has been a consistent voice in the fashion industry and has continuously incorporated slogans such as “we should all be feminists” and (the title of feminist art historian Linda Nochlin groundbreaking essay) “why have there been no great female artists” in her collections for Dior. Prabal Gurung also brought out a line of feminist statement tees which closed his fall 2017 show. They included declarations of “the future is female”, “revolution has no borders”, “love is the resistance”, “nevertheless she persisted” and “we will not be silenced”. In the words of Zac Posen, American fashion designer, “femininity – real femininity – is not about dressing for anybody besides yourself”. If you and your girls just want to have fun(damental rights), our Burlesque Dancing Party is the perfect way to be entertained and empowered. Flaunt your sexuality, femininity and strength through the moves our professional burlesque instructors will guide you through. Drape on a feather bower and strut, drop, shake, shimmy and twirl with all the confidence and power us women deserve.
Power-filled suits and blazers were consistently seen on the runways of all four cities. Strong and empowering, the all female management team here at Hen’s Party Idea’s Adelaide adore the suit. Our favourite blazer design this season may be by Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga. The blazer features bright block colours and a strong structured bodice accentuating the strength in femininity.
Another look we just cannot get over is the Alexander McQueen fall/winter ready to wear collection for this year. Featuring fierce reds and army greens Sarah Burton, the creative director, displays female empowerment and strength in every thread of her designs. Also a fan of the suit she crafts dynamic black oversized blazers and fitted and belted military-esque coats. If you think your hen enjoys the business life have a look over our Glam It Up Packages, where accomodation, appetisers, alcohol and fine dining are available all in one. Why not hold a Cocktail Making Class and learn to mix your own delicious cocktails from one of our gorgeous mixologists, or add a topless waiter to tend to your every need, because business women don’t have time to pour their own champagne right?
Hair and make-up plays a big role in every fashion show. Whether the designer opts for bright pops of colour on the eyes, lips and cheeks, and gravity defying hair constructions, or minimal makeup and plain hair, you can be certain the decision was meticulously thought out. Jeremy Scott brought colour in a big way to his show, adorning his models with fluorescent bobbed wigs and alien-esque makeup looks. Glitter was trending at Giambattista Valli with his models shining – literally – as they glided down the runway. Makeup artist Val Garland covered the faces of eight models in a layer of kaleidoscope glitter which was achieved by blowing it straight onto their faces. It was certainly eye catching, and a beauty look we thought was one of the best from Paris Fashion Week.
Kenzo, a luxury French fashion house founded in 1970 by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada paraded a whole collection entitled “Kenzo La Collection Memento” or Kenzo: The Memento Collection which drew inspiration from French Post-Impressionist Painter, Henri Rousseau.
The brand worked directly with the Rousseau Foundation to ensure the correct transposition of his works onto the designs of Carol Lim and Humberto Leo. This resulted in a fabulous collection, filled with pops of colour, hidden tigers, lush greenery, intriguing cuts and trims, articulate stripes, and interesting knit textures.
When Kenzo was first establishing himself, he displayed and sold his work from a boutique in Paris named ‘Jungle Jap’ which he decorated with an overarching jungle theme. He even had a replica of Rousseau’s painting ‘The Dream’ hanging within. If you think your bride would enjoy the collection, or has an appreciation for art, why not throw her one of our Life Drawing Hen’s Parties? Her and all her guests can discover the hidden tips and tricks to drawing, starting off with the basics and working your way up. The level of difficultly is adapted, by our talented instructors, for each individual attendee. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover your hidden talents and one day have your art work paraded down Internationally acclaimed runways upon meticulously designed attire. If that’s your dream, like it was Rousseau’s, then this hens party will give you a kick start!
Fashion month is over for another six months, needles have been put down, clothes retired to racks and everyone gets to finally have a well deserved rest. But that doesn’t mean the fashion industry is dormant. Don’t worry you can still draw inspiration from your favourite collections for months to come!
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