The Eiffel tower à la mode

We are all well aware of the fact that Paris is the fashion capital. But did you know that the most iconic French landmark, la Tour Eiffel, is also ‘à la mode’?

During the Prêt-à-Porter Paris Fashion Week 2015, the Eiffel Tower turned into the venue for the Fátima Lopes fashion show on 7 March. The Portuguese fashion designer surprised the world with her Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 collection ‘Black Rainbow’ at the Salon Gustave Eiffel with the lit up city at her feet.

Fátima Lopes, 'Black Rainbow' at PFW 2015, Photograph: Tanja Fleischer

Fátima Lopes, ‘Black Rainbow’ at PFW 2015, Photograph: Tanja Fleischer

Fátima Lopes was one of the first Portuguese fashion designer to present in ‘Paris Fashion Week’ in 1999 and has presenter her collections there ever since. In 2006, Lopes was honoured by the Portuguese Republic by the former President, Jorge Sampaio, with the title of ‘Comendadora da Ordem do Infante Dom Henrique’, as a result of her excellent work in spreading Portuguese culture and values through fashion.

Fátima Lopes, 'Black Rainbow' at PFW 2015, Photograph: Tanja Fleischer

Fátima Lopes, ‘Black Rainbow’ at PFW 2015, Photograph: Tanja Fleischer

As the name ‘Black Rainbow’ already indicates, the collection builds on contradictions and the different facets of today’s modern women – powerful, yet fragile. Therefore, Lopes’ clothes are asymmetrical, curvilinear and made out of high quality material. And in contrast to the name ‘Black Rainbow’, the colour palette of this year’s Ready-to-Wear collection ranged from shades of dark purple, blue and green.

Fátima Lopes, 'Black Rainbow' at PFW 2015, Photograph: Tanja Fleischer

Fátima Lopes, ‘Black Rainbow’ at PFW 2015, Photograph: Tanja Fleischer 

Fátima Lopes, 'Black Rainbow' at PFW 2015, Photograph: Tanja Fleischer

Fátima Lopes, ‘Black Rainbow’ at PFW 2015, Photograph: Tanja Fleischer

The most outstanding dress was the one in burgundy red– sexy yet sophisticated.

Fátima Lopes, 'Black Rainbow' at PFW 2015, Photograph: Tanja Fleischer

Fátima Lopes, ‘Black Rainbow’ at PFW 2015, Photograph: Tanja Fleischer

Tanja Fleischer, Spring 2015

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