Named after its forward thinking Australian designer, m a r i a m.seddiq is a label that’s synonymous with conceptualism. Seddiq’s designs are influenced by two key elements, architecture and art. Her design story began at a young age. Inspired by her culture and heritage, she won a scholarship and completed her master’s degree at the renowned Academia Italiana Arte in Florence, Italy.

Her debut SS15/16 collection opened the St. George New Generation show for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. Seddiq set sail on her vison, which transcends boundaries. Her concept of mixing contemporary sportswear with hand embellishment is visible in the collection. There’s a tribal flair in her relaxed silhouettes. The look is high-fashioned couture. She is a risk taker with an entrepreneurial disposition and an artist with an unrelenting passion.

For fall ’17, Louis Vuitton’s collection, designed by creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere, allowed the audience to travel during his showing at the Louvre, which is closed on Tuesdays. Ghesquiere closed out Paris Fashion Week with a show-stopping collection. The gallery, the show’s venue, offers glimpses of magnificent 18th century marble statues. However, the collection was often casual, elegant and chic. Ghesquiere started the show with a remarkable line-up of fur pieces. These pieces were the prized wardrobe pieces that everyday women would wear. Every garment was artfully created and extremely stylish. Their rich, boldly printed tops flowed fittingly on the body. Slimming leather trousers were pleated, whereas other fabric pants were creased, signaling a dressier, yet sporty feeling. Louis Vuitton’s well-designed collection was colorful and printed in bold, abstract graphics. The looks were feminine, pure art forms and world class styles in sensuous fabrics.

Can we talk about the fabulous bags, shoulder bags and pocketbook shapes, close clutches, and short and tall boots, that often accessorized Louis Vuitton’s top fashion hits? It’s about the total look and your attitude. There were lingerie accents, including slip dresses, that softened the stylishness of a sleek, shiny leather coat or tweedy-patterned jackets. For evening, Louis Vuitton captured the audience with a lovely selection of short (knee-length) dresses that were a bit old-fashioned in their dress-maker styles. They looked smart for party-goers. These pretty pieces were enhanced with such details as soft, furry capelets, lace and ribbon. These clothes were designed for the cool ladies about town.