From soft and feminine to military chic there were many different faces to H&M’s most recent catwalk show in Paris this week. The khaki green sweater dresses, knee high black boots and black patent bombers made for an edgier look, although this was occasionally softened somewhat through fluffy fur coats, pretty lace detailing and silky slip dresses. Elsewhere in the show we were shown long, soft, cashmere coats, in both navy and khaki, that were a refreshing step away from the sugary sweet pastel versions we’ve been seeing. Navy seemed like the new black for this show, giving us a classic look, but this didn’t take away from the youthful glow-it wasn’t long before we saw clashing animal print, sequins and pretty turquoise hues (not forgetting those amazing clashing orange/khaki colour combos).
H&M have managed to find a perfect balance through the use of simple shapes, rich colours and the mixing of different textures, for a tough, but feminine, approach to dressing.
So I’m assuming we all remember that sweater (and coat, pants, blouses..) at Kenzo’s AW13 show that was emblazoned with their ‘Lotus Eye’ print?
Well, the thing about Kenzo is that creating such casual, not so serious, pieces has made it one of the few collections that bloggers not only admire, but actually go out and purchase (despite the price tag)! Kenzo doesn’t redefine fashion with extravagant designs and silhouettes, but keeps it simple enough that their collection becomes relatable and eventually represents that ‘street style’ we see in magazines!
You see, I WANT that lotus print sweater (and the tiger one…), because I can imagine it paired with items I already have in my wardrobe! I also WANT that matching ‘Petal’ print tee and pant- it’s pretty and simple , but different enough for me to stand out from the crowd! Don’t get me wrong, I also want most things I see across runways (that Celine coat, those heavily embellished dresses at D&G…) but Kenzo is just so much more relatable!
This got me thinking though, what will their standout piece be for SS14? This season it was the lotus eye sweater… but what about next season?
Well, I’ve had a look and I’ve made my predictions…