#WednesdayWishlist: What we love from Paris Fashion Week SS17

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By Wei Yeen Loh

#WednesdayWishlist: What we love from Paris Fashion Week SS17

Cai Mei Khoo, Editor-in-Chief, Loewe Look 45

This season’s Loewe woman is one who has perfected the art of looking incredibly chic while lounging in her summer home. While I love the voluminous drawstring sleeves and the patchwork pieces, the sound of the sea (I’ll take Heston Blumenthal’s dish, too) is perhaps best enjoyed in this white crocheted dress worn over trousers, finished off with a single lily pinned across the chest – elegant, romantic, and oh so effortless.


Gwen Ong, Deputy Editor: Chanel, Look 46

It seems like preppy is the way to go next season. The classic schoolgirl look is making its rounds this Spring 2017 fashion week. Of course, Chanel was already rocking this look since forever with its iconic tweed suit. I have no qualms revisiting one of my favourite movies (Clueless) and channel Alicia Silverstone’s Cher. But while the tweed jacket and skirt ensemble is a timeless favourite, it is this electrifying dress that has got me lit up! I love the striking colours and soft layering—plus that side ponytail and cap worn sideways? My inner ’90s child is just waiting to break out!


Jasmine Leong, Senior Fashion Writer: Saint Laurent, Look 14

Marking his first debut as Saint Laurent’s creative director, there is no doubt that Anthony Vaccarello would add his signature sexpot aesthetic to the French luxury fashion house—he is the man responsible for some of our favourite celebrities’ sexy power dresses and capsule collections for Versus Versace. While I’m not usually a fan of party clothes, let alone, ’80s-inspired ones, look #14 caught my attention for good reason. The mini dress has its sex appeal reinforced by a retro sweetheart neckline, sheer sleeve and some leg-baring action. From the exposed shoulder to the hem and earring, Vaccarello made asymmetry look so good.


Loh Wei Yeen, Fashion & Beauty Writer: Balenciaga, Look 14

While everyone is losing their marbles over how Demna Gvasalia is upsizing shoulders pads, tote bags and everything in sight at Balenciaga, I’m probably the only one who’s intrigued over this look that is seemingly simple but worthy of a double take. That haphazardly-secured wide belt (also upsized) around the waist gives this boardroom-ready ensemble a slight edge, one that is complete with ombré square-toe boots that likely hike up to the thighs—if only all #BossGirl OOTDs could look this avantgarde instead of yawn-inducing!


Rachel Au, Lifestyle Writer: Stella McCartney, Look 17

If there was one word I could use to describe Stella McCartney’s SS17 collection, it would be ‘light-hearted’. Most of the pieces in the first half of the show sported a loose silhouette, breezy knits and neutral, if not, earthy tones – many of which look favourable for a nice spring break or summer getaway outfit. What caught my eye, however, is McCartney’s reinterpretation of the classic men-inspired pinstripe shirt with a spliced design. A refreshing take of something I’ve always gravitated to, it’s different, feminine and my favourite element, comfortable. Rather than the shirt, it’s the shirt dress that I really love because can you really own too many of those? 


Tan Su Fen, Writer: Dior, Look 32

Maria Grazia Chiuri opened her first show as Dior’s creative director with panache, as clothes inspired by the sport of fencing came breezing down the runway—kicking off what seems to be a female-empowering collection (“We should all be feminists”, a T-shirt quoted). The show closed with a series of dreamy, ethereal tulle gowns that were reminiscent of her work at Valentino, which I loved, but what really struck me was this black leather dress in the middle of the collection; a little bit of the sporty edge she demonstrated in the beginning, a little bit of the romantic tailoring we know she’s well capable of—symbolising an assertive start to her new creative journey at the helm of Dior.


Alyssa Lee, Editorial Assistant: Céline, Look 36

The Parisian not-so-secret key to their intangible cool—their je ne sais quoi—lies in the lack of fuss. Concluding our Wednesday Wishlist edition of fashion week roundups, it made sense to pick one that embodies the nonchalance. Its boxy silhouette makes it fashionable, its ability to hide a food baby makes it desirable—look 36 is my kind of dress. Proportionally flattering despite the wide cut, strong yet fluid with the addition of an entire panel of kick pleats in a light gauzy fabric, and flat but not shapeless owing to subtle pleats at the yoke and bunched up sleeves—the simplicity of the dress deceives. Also a testament to the wonders styling, colour play that is both tonal and contrasting really elevates the look. Red stockings, hmm, who would have thought!


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