Paris Fashion Week

Hi, all! As I mentioned in my last blog, I LOVE FASHION WEEK! So, I decided to watch all of Paris Fashion Week so that you don’t have to. There were so many incredible designs for the 2020 Spring season, and it’s always exciting to see the ready-to-wear designs that will trickle into fast fashion houses like Forever 21 and H&M next year. I know that watching all of these shows can be overwhelming, so below you’ll find some of my favorite shows and designs. I hope this blog inspires you to take a look for yourself.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander Mcqueen’s label was once theatrical horror couture, but it is now grown up and refined. The brand maintains impeccably tailored suits, lacework, and a touch of leather. This show was truly one of my favorites of the week. Some of the lace, tulle, and organza worn down the runway were upcycled from previous shows. As if there weren’t enough reasons to love this collection before they prioritized sheer sustainability! Designer Sarah Burton was inspired to do the intricate stitching by a group known as The Stitch School that teaches young boys and girls how to stitch.

Chanel

Chanel is a true Parisian label through and through. The influence of Paris is clear in the details, with the show even taking place on what appears to be a rooftop. I really loved the pleated jeans and tweed suits. It’s evident that the fashion brand Coco Chanel built lives on in her image. One of the most exciting parts of the show was when one of the women in the audience wearing her own tweed, Chanel-inspired outfit crashed the runway. It was amusing to watch security try to figure out who the imposter was among all of the models.

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent was the first brand to create a ready-to-wear line in the 1960s. So it’s only fitting to see such a strong collection from these fashion innovators. I really enjoyed the color palette in this collection, especially the blues. To me, this show gives off a certain rockstar quality, with the women appearing both bold and demure while slaying the runway in Saint Laurent staples. This show took place opposite the Eiffel Tower, and Vogue called it an “open-air-spectacle,” further cementing the idea of giving the public access to luxury fashion. The show finished with the legendary Naomi Campbell, which is always a treat.

Mugler

Mugler is one of my favorite fashion labels, and they’re always creating distinctive, interesting pieces to accentuate unabashedly powerful women. Worn by stars like Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, and Cardi B, the brand is more relevant than ever. Something I enjoyed about this collection was how similar a few of the pieces were to Thierry Mugler’s own work. Bella Hadid particularly showcases this above. It was exciting to see a new take on male suits and shiny, sheer fabric. All of the pieces consistently complement the collection as a whole, which is always incredible to see.

Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra is a designer I had never heard of until I saw this show. Many of the pieces were handmade, and according to Vogue, “some of them required more than 3,400 hours.” While looking at this collection, I can’t help but think of a “Devil Wears Prada” quote: “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” Although the idea of using flowers for spring is nothing new, what’s wrong with a spring staple? The embroidery on all of the pieces was incredible. The level of detail shows through on the bottom left picture, where the flowers start small, emerging from the center into larger, full-grown ones. Overall, I really enjoyed this take on a classic Spring collection.

Maison Margiela

I really loved this collection. I’ve always enjoyed the influence of military designs on fashion, and I own a number of military-inspired jackets myself. This collection clearly invokes the 1930s, which is a decade seared into the collective culture. I think the punky, knee-high boots are sick, and they’re all the more fitting as the designer, John Galliano is British. According to Vogue, this collection is a big middle finger to Brexit, as it emphasizes the great things that both the French and British accomplish together.

Givenchy

Givenchy is an iconic staple of Parisian fashion. I personally enjoy the minimalism of this collection. I think the denim skirt is an interesting and pretty idea that I haven’t yet seen, and I particularly enjoy the bottom left print. This designer was inspired by the boyish minimalism of ’90s NYC.

Balenciaga

This collection had some very interesting ideas. I enjoyed the large coats, and I love a shoulder pad look. Clearly, this collection is inspired by the ’80s, and I think that was a particularly bold decade. Overall, it was a refreshing differentiator.

Elie Saab

Last but not least, Elie Saab. There honestly was not a single bad look in this collection. All of these pieces were beautiful, and it made it extremely difficult to choose five pieces to display. I look forward to seeing more of this labels’ work in the future, and I was delighted to see the diverse choice of models.

Thank you for joining me this week in taking a look at Paris Fashion Week through my eyes. I hope you enjoyed the Spring 2020 ready-to-wear looks as much as I did. If you’re interested in learning where to easily access these kinds of shows check out Vogue Runway, where all these photos are sourced from. I look forward to more blogs like this in the future!

-Blake <3