Meet the future street style must-haves
French fashion label Vetements’ shot onto the ready-to-wear fashion week schedule before you could say ‘Vete-who?’, and today the ‘collectively’ designed label joined the haute couture schedule, too. Invited to show as guests by the couture governing body, Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the brand typically switched it up with a show that was staged in French department store Galleries Lafayette while it was still open for business, in stark contrast to the usual majestic couture venues.
Hijacking the designer floor, the models whizzed around the central cupola, racing past stands for Fendi, Cartier and Apple Watch. Meanwhile, on the front-row-only runway, guests were seated in relation to which designer stand they were placed in front of. So instead of an A-1 allocation, they sat at Dior-1; a playful move that heralded the synergetic collection that was about to unfold (the label infamously signed up 18 fellow fashion brands to help pull off the mammoth collection so soon after showing their autumn/winter 2016 collection in March).
Surprisingly, there were no big names from music and film in attendance. Expectations were high for a surprise appearance, but it was Daniel Day Lewis’ singer son, Gabriel-Kane, who sat amongst the editors, fashion buyers and friends of the brand.
The 55 looks that made up the collection did not disappoint however. Centred on Vetements’ usual own-brand of deconstruction and oversized silhouettes, there were the slightly bonkers talking-points we’ve come to expect, but also some more restrained and feminine looks, as well.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 6 key looks from the show:
Manolo Blahnik gets a make-under
Vetement’s co-creative director, Demna Gvasalia said he would ‘destroy’ Manolo’s slingback kitten heels. So, they came with a stepped-on, flattened back detail that are sure to fly off the shelves, just as the brand’s sell-out lighter-heel-stilettos did this season. The classic duchesse satin thigh high boots crept right up the model’s legs to become waist-high waders instead. These are surely already winging their way around the wish-lists of street style stars the world over.
Reebok trackies are taking over
New for the brand were the nineties-style tracksuits by Reebok. Will the retro windbreakers eclipse the brand's haute hoodies?
The tailoring suggested a bold new street style trend
We’re not sure whether the gaping buttons, open here and there on tailored shirts, will take off quite this literally, but off-kilter styling does always trickle down to the street in a slightly more wearable way. We’ll be keeping an eye on how this one is interpreted by the street style stars...
Welcome back, Juicy Couture
The Noughties velour tracksuit brand has been re-appropriated as eveningwear. No, really. The stretch velvet, original athleisure uniform, with it’s trademark ‘Juicy’ embroidered bum has been re-worked into catsuits, extra-long long skirts and elbow-length evening gloves.
Levi’s let rip
For the first time in the denim label’s history, they gave another brand permission to usurp its label. Veering away from their trademark raw-hem high-rise jeans, come next summer we’ll all be wearing Vetements' denim jumpsuits with zips running from the ankles all the way to the thighs, zipped open ‘just-so’ to show off a peek-a-boo slice of sock-boot.
This collection marked the brand's first real dabble into eveningwear. The final series of pretty asymmetric dresses in slinky chiffon (worn with nothing underneath, natch), ranged from cobalt and crimson to pink, yes pink! The borderline transparent jersey dresses are destined for Rihanna's wardrobe. And, pending the price tag, ours.
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