Oxford Fashion Studio Paris Fashion Week SS19
Represented by The Riviere Agency.
This season, Oxford Fashion Studio returned to the InterContinental Paris – Le Grand to present Spring/Summer 2019 collections from 17 independent fashion designers from all over the globe.
Oxford Fashion Studio: Paris SS19
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From producing ethical, vegan collections to addressing the minefield of modern romance in the digital, phone-obsessed age, GlanceZ never shies away from considering the challenges of modern life through a creative lens. This label always brings a fresh, colorful perspective to fashion, and this fashion week was no different. Guests were pleased to see a parade of many bright, magnificent hues hit the runway. Tie dye prints in orange, purple, and pink made their way onto fun creative tiered pants and shorts. The designer brought these prints to life with coordinating denim jackets, sunglasses, tshirts, and even mobile phone cases. The pieces were beautiful and provocative, playful and exuberant: wearable art, no less.
Myoo Couture’s luxury brand was created in 2016 by mother and daughter, Valentina and Yoanna Dochevy, whose qualities of perfect cut and artistry are woven into one. Airy, light fabrics in romantic pale blush and cream tones floated across the runway while guests were wowed by their artistry and the amazing headpieces that accompanied the looks. All dresses were made in their studio in Berlin and personally by the mother and daughter pair.
Xiao Fen Couture
Inspired by Surabaya and the designer’s fairytale imagination, the Radiant Collection magnified femininity. Xiao Fen Couture gowns bring out beauty and sophistication in women through silhouettes, fine materials, details, and embroidered patterns. Wondering under the sky, we can see all the beautiful things up there from stars to fireworks to meteors and rain. The Indonesian label showed their imagination of the sky through Swarovski unique ornaments and colors like blue-violet and silver. When we speak about couture we want something feels magical that reflect women’s imagination and femininity.
“Stranded” is a collection that holds the task of bringing history to the runway. This collection drew from images of the many atrocities committed against Puerto Rico by the effects of the dominant grip and the colonial rule of the United States, with the purpose of giving a voice, in any way possible, to the victims of this abuses and exposing the feelings of a segment of the population that sees the land of “liberty” as one that preys on the liberties of others. Key images of selected events were digitally manipulated to create patterns that seem beautiful to the naked eye, but that through a set of 3D glasses showed the atrocities underlying such beauty.
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Women stand at the heart of the Barak Lahav design process. Hand crafted at the designer’s Tel Aviv studio, items are created with the conviction that each woman has a unique and wholesome character: the outfits she wears should demonstrate her individuality and personal style. The collection began with a series of steel blue and grey asymmetrical pieces and quickly shifted moods with flowing silk black dresses and trains flowing behind the models.
The Nguni Collection
The Nguni Collection is a representation of a Queen who is fully in charge of her origin. The designer developed her own unique print just for the collection. The development of this print was inspired by different cultures found in South Africa. Designer, Sandi Mazibuko has found her niche is fashion giving her audience striking pattern choices and strong designs. She used mostly primary colors with touched of green and monochromatic black and white tribal prints. Classic African printed fabrics were modernized in cut as jumpsuits, gowns, pencil skirts, and ruffled blouses.
Dark Thorn Clothing
Dark Thorn was highly inspired by times past, especially the Victorian Era. Designer, Tori-Anne Gill focuses on reimagining the beautiful timeless cuts and details of the Victorian Era and bringing them back into the 21st century. A story of mystical glamour, secrecy and romance will be told with this collection. Old world high neck dresses and silk belts were complemented by corset shapes and classic tartan prints.
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Afa’s main aim was to provide a collection that has a variety of vintage pieces that have been manipulated into something modern. The theme of this collection, RETRO TETRIS, was greatly inspired by retro games, specifically everyone’s childhood favorite, Tetris. The designer’s signature style uses geometric shapes and color blocking to create sculpted yet modern vintage, Art Deco patterns combining different texture of fabrics and materials in the pieces.
A mix of elevated grunge style and classic woman walked the runway as a parade of colors. The combination of prints were so different they worked. Male models also walked in printed jackets with geometric patterns and a touch of color blocking.
LORE is a collaboration of whimsical minimalism and modern sophistication. Each piece reflected the brand’s dedication to approachable luxury clothing. Inspiration stemmed from the designers love of history and folklore. Lore believes women should have the freedom to move through the waking world looking like a dream, so the pieces were designed to make every day nightmare free. Models wore separates in white, neutrals, and black as well as belted asymmetric dresses and high neck collars with leather details.
Lisa Lesunja is a meticulous, luxury jewelry designer. She thrives on making beautiful pieces for the extravagant woman who lives a ‘jet set’ lifestyle. Her pieces are delicate and expensive attracting a customer base of women who are luxurious enough to travel around the world, exploring and enjoying traveling.
Le Cattleya pieces were inspired by a genus of orchids called Cattleya. Known as the “Queen of Orchids”, the Cattleya flowers are considered to be one of the most beautiful orchids in the world and are found in Costa Rica south to Argentina. The collection told a story that describes the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive and fascinating through combining art and elegance. Designed to satisfy all fine tastes and ages with the fabulous beauty of colors, flowers, rhinestones and crystals, every piece at Le Cattleya has its unique touch of passion. Each model wore a crown in gold, green, black, white, and other regal tones. Gowns and jumpsuits were bold with peakaboo slits, feather details, and bright neon colors.
Cobilee J West
The collection was based on a technique called Shadowfolds, an interesting cross between origami and pleating. This created geometric patterns in the fabrics in jade, deep turquoise, and maroon hues. The designer featured a mix of cocktail and floor length designs. Prints emulated a dream catcher, which accomplished the designers theme of seeing every situation in several different lights.
SilentSiren. With Bridals.
And West of the Moon
Cat Chau is the mastermind behind the brand SilentSiren. With Bridals. From bridal to gowns and evening dresses, SilentSiren. With Bridals. pieces are all marked with a vintage signature style, stylish yet elegant. “Timeless” is the key behind every design. Gorgeous headpieces complimented each evening gown adorned with floral and tassel details. Lace appliques and ruffles showed off the designer’s feminine side, while vibrant colors like hot pink exuded confidence and glamour.
Riikka Couture & Heili Bridal & Laura Darth
Riikka Couture is a fashion brand that is highly known for its glamour, timeless style and unique creations of crystal fabrics and lace. Her new collection, Rêves Volants, is beautiful and delicate mix of simplicity, glamour and elegance. Colorful evening gowns sparkled with beaded details and wrapped silhouettes. Illusion styles with lace were highlighted in gold, black, and lavender on the runway.
The IN-SON-DA-BI-LE collection translates to incapable of being fully explored or understood, inspired in the lights of the deep universe is an obscure, mysterious and incomprehensible collection which colors are guiding us in the right direction taking us out of the profound and incalculable universe, showing us the right way to the #NCuniverse. The designer encompassed this theme using a mix of primary colors, whites, and pastels. Several models wore a warrior style mask and several layers like coats and vests for an athletic, yet imaginative collection.
Tailoring specifically to women, designer Jessica created bespoke pieces, specifically glamorous gowns, to take on the runway during Paris Fashion Week. Embellishment was a key factor in this collection just like her many others. The designer wants all women to feel radiant in their one of a kind creation. Sheshea’s passion is to create timeless collections with modern feminine twists.
Ray Ray Goetia
Thy Remains, L’Amour
This collection is trying to redefine life, death, love, and hatred in the spiritual plane. Ray believes garments are living creatures from other worlds and garments should wear human bodies. She hopes the wearers can embrace a different soul while wearing her designs. Each piece was intricately thought out with every fabric paneling, garment detail, and color combination meticulously placed. Many pieces had large hoods in jewel tones like teals, purples, and amber.
About Oxford Fashion Studio
Oxford Fashion Studio presents independent and emerging global fashion brands to press and stockists through a runway show platform around the world. Its team of curators reviews more than 40,000 designers a year issuing invitations to brands with original concepts to present their collections in the world’s four fashion capitals. They are experts on these cities and the global fashion currents that flow through them. OFS has produced over 100 runway shows presenting more than 6000 looks across New York, London, Milan and Paris. For more information please visit https://www.oxfordfashionstudio.com/ or follow along on Instagram at @oxfordfashionstudio.
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