The collections seen in Paris the last few days captures the sophisticated, elegant and, yet, completely individual style of the city. A handful of the most illustrious fashion houses presented this week with each one very different to the next; Rick Owens shocked the audience once again with his abstract and provocative designs, whilst Stella McCartney’s equestrian-world pieces feel at home in Countryliving. There were commemorative moments, like Dries Von Norten celebrating his 100th show; his signature, minimal silhouettes were given a vibrancy through mixes of print and colour. Among the originality, trends were still apparent; characterful polka dot prints clashed and complemented from Loewe and J. Anderson, and metallic tailoring, accessories and even footwear were all the rage. Being the last leg of ready-to-wear, Paris did not disappoint and pulled out all the stops, getting us excited for the autumn trends this year. Here are our runway highlights from the Paris Fashion Week 2017.
Under the watchful eye of Sarah Burton, the Alexander McQueen house knows how to keep it’s gothic roots and still produce a strong and soft collection. Scarlet hues weaved up and down the runway alongside stunning medieval inspired embroidery. The artistic layers gave charm to the otherwise simple and beautiful designs.
The grandeur past of Balenciaga returned to Paris this season as the creative director, Demna Gvasalia, chose to forget ready-to-wear and go straight up couture. Dramatic shapes were inspired by the old-style fashion shows and given a cool contemporary edge, and fun polka dot prints walked alongside classic checks. The theatrical collection proved innovation comes from the past as much as the future.
Normally considered a ‘dull’ colour, Dior has made us see the denim-hue in a new light. The recently appointed designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, has a truly feminist touch, the chosen colour palette, inspired by unifroms, is to advocate equality. The smart tailoring has a relaxed and youthful appeal, whilst touches of sheer fabric and nipped-in waists is a nod to the elegant Dior we all know.
Karl Largerfield gave his audience an explosive send-off to Fashion Week, as well as a glimpse into the future. Influenced by the sixties space-age movement, Chanel model’s walked around a huge rocket in sparkling boots, metallic overcoats and mirror-like visors, whilst classic tweeds and shift dresses entered seamlessly through the monochrome palette. A fitting ending to a spectacular week.