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Elie Saab SS16 Ready-to-Wear

Elie Saab is a designer much-loved for his couture pieces - gorgeous embellished formal gowns fit for a princess - but there was something about his spring/summer 16 ready-to-wear collection that was different yet caught my eye during Paris Fashion Week and made me appreciate his designs even more, hence why I decided to dedicate an entire post to his show rather than doing an overview similar to my NYFW post.

Moving slightly away from his signature red carpet-friendly style, Saab presented a bolder yet more wearable collection for spring/summer with the modern-day woman in mind. The mention of the vivid colours (pinks, blues, greens, and reds) used could be enough to scare those who embrace minimalism away, but contrasting these hues against a substantial amount of monochrome assures that the collection isn't just for those with a colour palette that involves every shade of the rainbow. His take on floral print isn't one that would be dismissed by The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestly either. Choosing to pair it with the classic stripe or adding a black trim to the garment is a winning combination ensuring that the florals are not too girly, but instead fresh and grown-up. Sound too stereotypically feminine for you? Despite the ruffles, lace, and light and floaty silhouettes, the collection also had a sporty vibe about it achieved by the colour blocking, bomber jackets, and a pair of jogger-style trousers with vertical stripes down the sides. If you're one for a more androgynous style of dress then you also won't be disappointed, the lace trousers should be right up your street.

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition

Whilst I was interning at London Fashion Week, I managed to squeeze in a visit to the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition on the first day that it was open to the public. Though I hadn't heard about the previous two exhibitions (Series 1 and 2) as they were located in different countries, I was interested in attending this one as I'd read about it and thought the concept was interesting, especially from a marketing perspective. Plus, who can decline free admission and Louis Vuitton?