The most talked-about moments at Paris Fashion Week

Fashion month has almost come to a close, and whilst we told you all about the most extra moments of New York Fashion Week, London and then Milan Fashion Week, here are the ones everyone is talking about across the channel.

 

Things got emotional at Louis Vuitton

Nicholas Ghesquiere’s Louis Vuitton SS20 collection was a triumph. Belle Epoque and Dandy references ran throughout the show, with prints inspired by stained glass windows in the most brilliant of colours covering everything from coats with exaggerated sleeve detailing to A-line skirts and tops. There were 60’s references too, with stripes and jacquard having a moment.

Virginie Viard’s Chanel took us to the rooftops of Paris

Always a highlight of the season, Chanel took us to the rooftops of Paris for their spring/summer 2020 collection. There were several moments that made us love the show; the cropped denim, the body belt and hot pants as worn by Gigi, the incredible full length gowns, the tweed suiting (mais, oui) and Kaia Gerber, delivering the most perfect monochrome moment a full skirt and ruffled black top complete with hat and pink flowers.

Elevated staples at APC

Look to APC for lessons in elevated staples. Everything was given a luxurious and playful stamp on it, from the overcoats and floral print summer dresses to the super chic denim skirt and shirt moment with the perfect Burgundy bag. We’re here for it.

Giambattista Valli made a case for bucket hats…

When you think of Giambattista Valli, the words luxury and gorgeous dresses come to mind, and that certainly is the case for SS20. Indeed, the dresses were divine and were sent down the runway with varying levels of volume; short with ruffled detailing, dropped hems with under skirts of black organza and slip dresses that hugged the figure with cut outs and bow details. But that is not all, the skirts and shirts were stunning too and fans of the bucket hat, rejoice, for they were given a luxurious make over.

We all want to be the Givenchy woman

We’re fully here for Clare Weight Kellers spring/summer 20 Givenchy woman. The slew of 90’s references; there were bandana tops and bustiers in luxurious leathers, Bermuda shorts which came with a matching blazer – Bermuda suiting if you will – and chunky mules, as well as denim skirts and ripped jeans, were all handled in the most chic of ways.

And, the sublime floral moments which ranged from chinzy prints on dresses with a laid back boho vibe to embellished pieces in the form of high neck tops worn with heavy leather to show stopping gowns were a real highlight.

A larger than life Ai bag at Akris

In a typical let’s make an entrance fashion, models entered the runway via a supersized and iconic Akris Ai handbag no less. For SS20, a succinct modern femininity was delivered via the Akris lens; think sleek tailoring in elegant shimmering fabrics that fall just so, dresses with sheer panels and sexy coats and blazers that add that perfect effortlessly-cool factor to a look.

Fashion and Fantasy collided at Thom Browne

Fantasy and fashion collided in the most beautiful of ways at the spring/summer 2020 Thom Browne show in Paris. With a soundtrack that merged classic and rock music with a charming orchestra of bird sounds overlaid and a deconstructed garden set, we were immediately transported into the Thom Browne fantasy world. Exposed corsets and bustles exaggerated coats and dresses and were made super soft and feminine in pastel candy coloured fabrics and models with powdered faces and toweringly high hair and veils.

Paul & Joe

Gorgeous dresses and feminine suiting was the order of the day at Paul and Joe. We can envisage the purple, pink and mint caped dresses (as modelled on the effortlessly cool Lily McMenamy) on red carpets this SS20.

Yang Li

Talk about a sensory treat. Entitled “The Greatest Hits: Automatic Show II”, Yang Li showcased looks from the archive and created a digital projection show in collaboration with SHOWstudio whilst The Jesus and Mary Chain performed a set.

Bella was the bride at Vivienne Westwood

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Paris Fashion Week, Bella Hadid took to the runway in a show stopping corseted gown for the finale of the SS20 Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood show. The show itself showcased a variety of typically Westwood moments; think chequer board prints in hand-made fabric from Mali (a collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative) and suiting with exaggerated shapes and the statement animal toe shoes with a new heel.

You’ll want everything from this Altuzarra collection…

For S/S 20, the Altuzarra woman’s wardrobe is filled with super sexy and feminine clothing. From colourful and polka dot floaty dresses to the striped pencil skirts with slits and luxe tailoring to the most perfect and quite frankly stunning leather sock boots that come in covetable colour-ways, we want it all.

Denim is in, thanks to Celine

Denim was the order of the day at Celine with 70’s silhouettes and flares taking centre stage. We’ll be wearing ours with embellished jackets, leather shirts and frilled blouses.

Loewe redefined boudoir chic

For spring/summer 2020 designer Jonathan Anderson made us want to dress up  luxuriously… to go to bed. Delicate lace gowns adorned with bows, Pierrot style suits, corsets and exaggerated collars and hips in shades of white, pale lilac and black made us imagine what it would be like to live like a 16th century aristocrat, and we were hooked.

There were also more classic pieces: a trench coat, oversized knits and knee-high boots, all of which cemented Loewe’s status as the new cult brand. One to watch for sure.

Chloé made French style accessible to anyone

There are avant-guarde looks and then there is Chloé. Natacha Ramsay-Levi has always understood that true style transcends trends and her SS20 collection was the perfect example. There might not have been any Insta-worthy or novelty looks, but instead there was substance. Looks that, like the Parisian woman, are feminine yet masculine, ethereal but practical.

There was a modern twist on tailoring (peak lapel and belted waists), trademark scarf blouses, as well as smocked prairie dresses culotte skirts and plissé georgette dresses.

STÉE created the new cult bag

Ok, so the Neo ring bag isn’t strictly new as it made its debut last season, however it was virtually everywhere at fashion month, on the arms of influencers and editors from New York to Paris. Originally in sand with a silver handle, for SS20 it will be available in loads more colour-ways. We’ve got our eye on the olive and gold combo. Expect a sell-out.

Maria Grazia Chiuri set the sustainable agenda

For her Dior SS20 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri focused on sustainability. True to form, for her ready-to-wear collection, she took to the archives for inspiration, in particular, the original miss Dior aka Catherine Dior, Christian Dior’s sister, and her love of gardening and flowers.

For the set, a magical forest that gave us the impression of being suspended in time, she collaborated with Coloco (a collective of botanists, gardeners and urban landscapers) to install trees, that will then continue their journey after the show, joining several long-term sustainability projects in the Paris region, to reinforce wooded areas.

Saint Laurent closed its show with Naomi

You can always count on Saint Laurent to bring the wow factor to Paris Fashion Week. With a scintillating Eiffel Tower as its backdrop, even torrential rain couldn’t dampener the runway. Celebs such as Zoe Kravitz, Catherine Deneuve and Rami Malek looked on as models sashayed down in glittering tuxedos and see-through dresses adorned with gold embroidery. To round things off rather nicely, Naomi closed the show like only she can.

Keep scrolling for all our favourite looks from the runway too.

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