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Loewe models armour up for A/W16

Loewe models armour up for A/W16

Loewe added edge to a chic and ladylike Paris Fashion Week collection using gold breastplates and cat imagery on Friday (04Mar16) morning.

The Spanish fashion house launched proceedings with an Autumn/Winter 16 show which was a resounding success, not least because it featured flashes of the unexpected.

Kicking things off was a model in a black three-quarter length dress - nothing too extreme there, but the devil was in the finishing touches. The bodice of the dress was strapless and with a deep V, made completely from stiff leather.

The skirt was flouncy and boasted a handkerchief hem, while there was a sleeveless white top worn under the dress which had a nude neck ruffle and transparent sleeves. Add to that a pair of low-denier ankle socks, patent black heels with golden discs on the straps and a large padlock necklace, and this was quite a look.

The next outfit was perhaps more wearable, featuring a similar skirt which was made from pleats that perfectly complemented the uneven hem. The same socks and shoes kept the look cohesive with what went before, but the top was a long-sleeve silky sweater in black - just like the skirt. A tan belt cinched in the waist, with two large tan leather patches on either side of the model's chest.

As time wore on more flashes of the label's Spanish heritage came out, mainly courtesy of the accessories. Chiefly it was seen in the necklaces, which were either ceramic faces or portraits of cats - not small ones either, if these were Hello Kitty bags there would be the size of a clutch.

Of course there was eveningwear, with the standout offering a nude body-conscious dress. It fell to below the knee with a split up one side and had a funnel neck, but as with the rest of the line it was suddenly propelled into the realm of high fashion thanks to the sleeves. These were made of strips of the finest chainmail, in silver and gold, which fell from the shoulder and hung loosely around the hands.

The line certainly went down well on social media, with fashion's great and good in raptures about the use of head-to-toe leather, talismans and armour.

Paris Fashion Week continues over the weekend (05-06Mar16) with shows from major brands including Elie Saab, Nina Ricci, Balenciaga, Roland Mouret and Givenchy.

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