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Eccentric, historical and pollution chic: Paris, Hong Kong & Berlin Fashion Weeks

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Eccentric, historical and pollution chic: Paris, Hong Kong & Berlin Fashion Weeks
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At Paris Fashion Week, Giambattista Valli has shown his new Haute Couture collection for the coming season. The collection was inspired by Spain’s Alhambra gardens as well as Spanish impressionist paintings.

There were bold, graphic, black and white stripes and textures ranging from sequins to shaggy fur. There were also colourful flowers, and shapes varied from super narrow to voluminous.

Amongst the special guests at the show was UK musician and YouTube star, Sarah Close.

Giambattista Valli described the kind of woman he sees wearing his designs: “It was about the philosophy of my woman, that she is like always very eclectic, very eccentric, always, the Valli woman. She’s always liked traveling, she’s influenced by all her travels.”

Dior showed their autumn-winter collection in the garden of the Rodin Museum in Paris.

Designer Raf Simons took a stroll through the history of Christian Dior, with a mix of 18th century-inspired dresses with side hoops and embroidered masculine court coats.

Hong Kong Fashion Week has also been in full swing. Clara Tan showed lightweight, ethereal womenswear in pastel colours. She said she was inspired by the beautiful beaches and oceans of Indonesia.

Designer Ika Buton is also from Indonesia but is based in Hong Kong. In her collection she played with bright colors and indigenous patterns.

The latest in pollution chic, incorporating face masks, was also shown at Hong Kong Fashion Week. Beijing and Hong Kong-based designer Nina Griffee was inspired by the Chinese capital’s notorious pollution, which sometimes reaches hazardous levels.

In Berlin, at another Fashion Week event, Austrian designer Lena Hoschek showed a feminine and wearable spring/summer collection for next year.

She said that she has always been heavily influenced by female movie stars of the 1950s and pin-up girl glamour: “For me, the most important thing about a piece of clothing is that it makes the wearer more beautiful and not the other way around. I don’t want to wear some piece that only looks good if I have the right body for it. That is my claim to clothing, the wearer has to be seen in the right light through it, not the other way around.”