In Case You Missed It: Six Excerpts From Paris Fashion Week
This fall, Paris Fashion Week was all about spectacles. Designer after designer delivered stunning collections with impressive presentations, ending fashion month with a bang (well, more like several bangs).
The shows commenced with Jacquemus, during which models strutted through the halls of Paris’s Picasso Museum. The collection consisted of silken garments structured by delicate draperies accompanied by the real showstoppers: jumbo straw hats dramatic enough to provide shade for you and all of your friends. The show was both elegant and extravagant, perfectly setting the stage for the rest of the week.
Saint Laurent’s followed suit in an elaborate production of its own that sent models down a runway emerging from under a fully lit Tour Eiffel. Designer Anthony Vaccarello presented the collection and show as a tribute to Yves Saint Laurent’s partner, Pierre Bergé, who passed away earlier in the month.
Inspired by Princess Diana, Off White’s Virgil Abloh designed a line that encompassed sophistication in all of its many silhouettes from tulle ball gowns to hooped skirts to two-piece power ensembles. The show culminated in a finale exhibited by model/fashion goddess Naomi Campbell, whose all-white outfit was the perfect mélange of chic and cool.
With a swish of pleated skirts, Givenchy entered a new era as Clare Waight Keller took the reins from Riccardo Tisci, who worked as the creative director for twelve years. Waight Keller is the brand’s first female director, and her collection signified a much-anticipated transition from Tisci’s vampy and seductive designs to a style and aesthetic more closely resembling the Givenchy of the past in an era when Audrey Hepburn served as its muse.
In true Chanel fashion, Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into an oasis complete with running waterfalls. Chanel is known for its extraordinary, over-the-top sets and this season was no different. The models traipsed along a boardwalk past trees and rock formations while wearing perhaps the world’s most fashionable rain boots and matching rain caps.
On the final day of shows, Thom Browne presented a collection that was part costume and part confection. The most memorable vestments included a full-length dress with a skeleton appliqué, a ginormous, candy-colored tulle jacket and last but definitely not least a unicorn made of tulle with full metal boning, manned by two models. The show’s pageantry was a perfect conclusion to a week of phenomenal displays that proved just how whimsical and wonderful fashion can be.
Written by: Corinne Worthington