It turns out that Paris indeed brought the fire after our love affair with Milan. Paris holds the big names, some of the front-runners in fashion, and as a result we’re spoilt with the most incredible designs and inspirations. With so many jaw-dropping shows, it wasn’t easy to narrow it down to an outright favorite, but instead shine a light on the five shows that kick-started conversations…
1. Olivier Rousteing does it again
If you love Balmain it’s usually because you’re all about the bling, the OTT fabrications and the sexiest silhouettes to ever grace the catwalk. This time however, Rousteing experimented with a variety of styling notes: sweaters and casual tees paired with dramatic skirts, pops of primary red and cobalt blue to offset an otherwise monochromatic palette, leather mixed with chunky chains, loads of feathers and ruffles, ruffles, ruffles.
2. Off-White is the new black
Virgil Abloh’s Off-White collection took inspiration from the late Princess Diana – just 4 weeks after the 20th anniversary of her death. Flashes of her on and off-duty style from yesteryear were reinvented for today and could be seen in details like princess-like tulle, her eighties style gym tights (worn by Naomi Campbell) to an identical black paint stroke print on a blouse she once wore, used throughout.
3. Saint Laurent – A story of Paris
It was probably one of the most talked about shows of them all and for good reason. Besides the perfect setting, the collection in which it was shown was a tale of the past and the present – an over-riding, iconic YSL color palette of black and white, met pops of fiery red and popping pink, the Eiffel Tower in the distance sparkled like the glitter dresses and with so much leg on display, it was a given that we’d be talking about those feathered boots days later.
4. Céline takes maximalism up a notch
Pheobe Philo is no stranger to proportion play, but besides this, she took to coat and gave it new life by manipulating it into cropped versions, tucked it into side-pleated skirts, layered, looped and connected them to other coats – it was fresh with attention to detail at it’s peak.
5. Balenciaga is in the mix
Demna Gvasalia clearly wanted to show a lot more of himself in this collection and at some point we had to ask ourselves whether we were looking at a Vetements collection. This is of course not a bad thing but makes us wonder if he has a melting pot of ideas: punk tartan mixes, boxy shirts paired with lady-like pencil skirts, utility jackets, ginormous fringed, branded bags and an unexpected collaboration with a Chrtistopher Kane regular – crocs (in a platform version).