France’s annual fashion frenzy came to an end, as Paris Fashion Week came to a close after showcasing the latest collections from designers, from menswear to haute couture.
Paris Fashion Week dates back to 1973 when the “Battle of Versailles Fashion Show” debuted, which British vogue reports has completely changed the game for the industry. Since then, PFW has featured some of the biggest brands in the world, VogueFrance writing.
This year’s event ran from January 17-22, leading directly into Paris Haute Couture Week and a few weeks before the highly anticipated New York Fashion Week from February 10-15.
Here are four of the most talked about trends on the catwalks of this year’s PFW and Haute Couture Week:
Folds on folds
The Issey Miyake show incorporated geometric shapes and the brand’s signature pleats on the patterns. “Geometric shapes, with a strong emphasis on triangles, were the starting point and the impetus for this season Pleated Man Issey Miyake collection‚ showing the many iterations of how triangles and other angular elements can be twisted and manipulated into intricate silhouettes and patterns,” writes CNN.
In the first four looks shared by Fashion Show, the show featured jackets with layered sleeves in a triangle shape to give more definition, appearing as if there were two parts to the one-piece jacket. Additionally, there was a performance where the dancers showed the functionality of the clothes, bringing it to life. The brand is known for its use of pleats, and this collection was no different, using a combination of pleats and folds “to create an origami-like coat,” as hypebeast wrote.
Super thick shoes
These boots were made for…walking? At least that’s what the models did when presenting Rick Owens’ latest men’s collection. The cobbler is no rookie when it comes to creating an ultra-unique line of footwear, from Geth Army-style high-top boots to EDFU platform sneakers.
The new collection was full of “reduced architectural forms with a whiff of sordid ’70s pseudo-mysticism”, Shoe News writing. The designer responsible for creating “grilled platforms” has now “channeled orthopedic glamour,” as CNN describes it, by crafting a boot with thick padding and leather buckles – looking like something we’d see on someone. one with a broken foot.
Celebrities in love with Dior
“Dior mania has hit menswear at Paris Fashion Week” The Washington Post said, describing the parade held on January 20. The haute couture brand best known for its elegant, “upholstered” designs once catered only to women, until 2001 when the “Dior Homme” menswear collection was born, InStyle Magazine Remarks.
This year’s Dior men’s show paid tribute to Yves Saint Laurent, the Job notes, adding that it was inspired by designs from previous decades unveiled in 1958 by Saint Laurent, in his first collection for Christian Dior. Kim Jones, the brand’s creative director, incorporated gender-neutral baggy unbuttoned suits, “reflecting” YSL’s early days which included pieces “in favor of more fluid shapes”. There were plenty of celebrity guests, including David Beckham, Naomi Campbell, and BTS members J-Hope and Jimin. The show also featured actors Gwendoline Christie and actor Robert Pattinson, who may have stolen the show with her gender-specific look: a navy tweed skirt and boots, E ! Entertainment reports.
Eye-catching avant-garde features
The Schiaparelli Haute Couture exhibition was one of the most talked about shows. The runway models that fashionista described as “whimsical, elegant and macabre” caught everyone’s attention and renewed the debate about fashionable animals.
Designer Daniel Roseberry did some exploring with his creative direction, showcasing pieces that featured handcrafted “faux taxidermy.” Kylie Jenner attended the show wearing a bespoke dress featuring a dramatic sculpted foam and faux fur lion head, People said, and then model Irina Shayk walked the runway in a similar dress. Model Naomi Campbell also ripped the runway in a wolf head ensemble, while Doja Cat appeared in head-to-toe red Swarovski crystals.
The collection has sparked a conversation about the ethics of showcasing animals on the track, with some saying the collection makes trophy hunting glamorous. However, fashionista suggests that it “forced any viewer to revel in the breathtaking craftsmanship of the Schiaparelli team and encouraged a reflection on the duality of beauty and death”.