So here we are in Paris as they have their turn to shine with the Autumn 2014 RTW collections and a whole swag of designers all jostling for media attention over the coming days.  There is a dedicated chic feel that falls over the city more than usual when fashion week hits town, with those attending the parades going out of their way to look chic, on trend and to also get some media attention to boot.

The first days of the week see some collections for some of the labels that perhaps are not as well know here in Australia but some of them have shown some delightful and interesting collections and I think it is always great to be able to see some of the trends and styles that are being showcased to give us all a better understanding about what we might see for the RTW Autumn collections here in Australia.

The first cab off the rank for me is Aganovich  www.aganovich.com and the husband and wife team Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor who played with trompe-l’oeil effects for their autumn collection, showcasing  outfits featuring overlapping curved panels in front and pleats in the back to great effect.

They included high necklines on white cotton piqué shirts and sweeping black coats that gave them a formality and chic feel that would make any women feel in control when wearing them. Then there was the elegant brocade bustier dress featuring two panels in the front and a short skirt in the back and then pairing it with slim black pants gave the look just the right modern on trend twist that was needed.  The tailoring was exquisite and there were larger, flowing coats and more fitted versions to appeal to everyone. This was a stylised collection that was interesting and delightful with a very limited colour palette of black, charcoal, white, blue and greys but one that never the less worked incredibly well.

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Cédric Charlier  www.cedric-charlier.com showed an autumn collection that mostly focussed on the illusion of reproducing reptile like effects on his clothing to great effect!

This clever idea was worked with  confidence and panache via textures inspired by manipulated photographs of snake and crocodile skins that made you look twice just to make sure they were not in fact really snake or crocodile skins . A number of the pieces had a very mannish air to them and he played with these looks in a playful way, reminiscent of Katherine Hepburn with high-waisted tailored pants and large over-size jackets.

The designer also demonstrated optical effects in the three-dimensional knit dresses, sweaters and pencil skirts, again to great effect to complete the look for this collection. The scalelike surfaces on some of the last pieces added yet another dimension in shimmering sequins that made for a very off kilter but elegant touch to the evening wear presented here.

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