Highlights from Paris Fashion Week
Paris, France - In a nutshell, clamoring symbolism has been heavily delivered during this SS17 Paris Fashion Week. Surprises after surprises, as if we were re-living May '68, plenty of designers have ferociously empowered women on Paris' runways !
As we got to take part in many events, shows and other presentations going on in the city of lights, here is a 'That's it recap' of what we need to remember from this season !
Either acclaimed or disapproved, as a common tendency, most of high-end fashion designers this season have played the same game of shapes, textures, silhouettes and attitude. They have drawn and unveiled empowering feminine figures imbued with strong political messages behind them.
Starting from the standing out and already well established brand Balenciaga, Demna Gvasalia knocked us all out of our seats for the SS17 collection, with his deliberately sharp and cutting-edge creations. His genuine take on fetish mixed spandex, harshly shining textures propped up with more tender feminine drops, as gigantic shopping bags and floral motifs for instance.
Adopting the same stance, both Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy and Olivier Rousteing at Balmain praised the image of feminism in their respective way and design. Not only by using light fabrics, chiffon and silky textures, which are very often perceived as cliché; but focusing on blazing attitudes and a confident cat walking.
Despite a few contradictory elements, Stella McCartney and Clare Waight Keller at Chloé both moved more or less in the same direction, the 2017's female empowerment.
Now, Phoebe Philo is what we can call a true feminist in the way she communicates to her 'Céline women'. Sometimes dropping off her creativity a little bit, as a high-end fashion creative director, she does not stand for sparkling glamour, over exaggerated sexy silhouettes but instead for the simple pride of being a woman. She celebrates feminity, its beauty and all the flaws going with it.
When it comes to Maria Grazia Chiuri, new at Dior, her given result was perhaps not as convincing as the fashion sphere was expecting. As if she attempted to disrupt something, she extolled feminity by putting very conspicuous yet naive inscriptions onto T-shirts, but inconsistently she was still sticking to angelic, frail, fairy-like figures.
That's it Highlights !
Serving the audience a quite grunge kind-of-aesthetic on hard metal music background, for this season, designer Francisco Terra, inspired by the generation of avatar in link with the internet era, blurred the lines between genders. Mixing harsh designs, leather, glaring textures, deconstructed garments with more feminine pieces, such as strapless ruffled tops worn over white woolen turtleneck, the results were groundbreaking!
Arriving at PLC showroom's cocktail evening, from the very first step in, our eyes went straight to Ksenia Schnaider's corner. Light, fresh, feminine, yet vintage-like pieces immediately aroused curiosity. "Perfect Summer Vacation" as for the inspiration behind this standing out collection. Flowing , sophisticated textures combined to re-worked vintage denims and homemade prints, blend together, bring a refined wardrobe to women for this coming summer.
After Homework Paris
After Homework is a one-of-a kind Paris based fashion label. As a matter of fact, the visionary designer Pierre Kaczmarek standing behind this edgy collection is only 15 years old. Presenting his very first collection in 2015, After Homework is supported by a group of friends, bringing altogether their savoir faire and talent.
Inspired by the american director Blake Edwards' iconic movie 'The Party' (1968), "Party with Maison Kitsuné" stands as a sophisticated retro combination from the 70's. Blending neutral tones with more popping tinges, the overall collection remains playful, chic and romantic!
Inspired by the Eastern imperialism, in the heart of the prestigious Parisian Opera, on bloodcurdling music backgrounds, Heaven Gaia presented a refined couture collection. including royal details and accessories, very fine craftmanship techniques from China, as if the audience was taken into a dream, and as grandiose as it was, the show seemed to be in slow motion.
Until next Paris Fashion Week....
And... That's it !