Designers homed in on the pretty and stylish with looks influenced by Fifties couture or the style of chic Parisiennes.
Balmain: Getting a hobbled house up and running is no easy feat, especially after it has suffered from a spinning door of designers and a flirtation with bankruptcy — both of which have wreaked havoc chez Balmain in the last couple of years. Nonetheless, that is the task facing designer Christophe Decarnin, formerly with Paco Rabanne, who made his debut on Sunday. His bet is that he can shake the brand out of hibernation with a glamorous, couture-influenced look that draws on the house's haute heritage. His dresses came ruffled, short and formfitting, in lace, or embellished with gold embroidery or passementerie. His other look was worn (complete with holes) T-shirts, again embroidered, paired with flared, hip-hugging trousers. The collection had a hint of modernity and showed that Decarnin has some talent, but it lacked the depth and shock therapy to give this old house enough energy for a second go.
Isabel Marant: Everyone needs a break now and again, and Isabel Marant is no exception. The designer passed up the runway last season, and in the fall collection she showed on Monday, she tempered her usual bohemian flair with more feminine touches. Fitted wool vests with cupped sleeves worn with slim-fitting pants tucked into natural wool socks channeled just the right note of just-back-from-vacation Zen. Cocooning, dropped-shouldered wool tweed coats paired with girly puffed-sleeve cotton blouses will no doubt be a hit with Marant's fleet of chic Parisienne fans.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)