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Catwalks shine across the city of Enlightenment

The women’s fashion week came to a close just a few days ago in Paris, with the biggest French and Italian brands establishing the new trends for the next spring/summer season.

Valentino decided to break with the romanticism we had become accustomed to and opted for an African-inspired collection with a vaguely rock and tribal-chic style. “We felt the need to move away from Rome and draw inspiration from the world of immigration as other cultures come to our attention and stimulate us. We didn’t want to paint a colonialist picture, but tried to create cross-cultural links in order to reach a new balance”, said Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who were in charge of bringing the tribal African colours on to the catwalk, with deep black, dark red, mustard yellow, Masai blue and green reinterpreted through modern Western eyes.

Stella Mc Cartney‘s women’ collection is more audacious, and distinguishes itself for its feminine and feisty style, embodied by pleats, nude fabrics, shapely dresses with simple and delicate colours.

Alexander Mcqueen have drawn inspiration from the Victorian romantic look with tulle layered skirts and mini asymmetric outerwear, printed long-dresses with retro collars, large sleeves, dresses with rouches that follow precise colour coding with white optical effects, black, powder pink and bright red.

Alexander Wang – who is set to leave Balenciaga after three years – brings a sporty and elegant woman on the runway with predominantly white and ivory shades. Soft hues make this collection elegant and tone down the otherwise fiery sportswear which is Wang’s signature style.

This time he’s opted for a delicate combination of soft shades and precious fabrics like linen, satin, chiffon, macramé, lace and tulle.