Ooh la la! This week the city of love itself will play host to some of the world’s most luxurious labels and designers for the pinnacle of Parisian excellence—Paris Fashion Week.
There’s a reason why Paris has been a haven for bohemian artisans and creatives for generations. The city is steeped in flair, panache and plenty of zhuzh, making it the perfect host for the conclusion of what has been a historic fashion month.
All across the Île-de-France, from the Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped Arc De Triomphe through to the Champs-Élysées, supermodels and the stylish set are preparing themselves for a full week of très chic virtual and digital presentations, and of course a tribute show to the late great Alber Elbaz.
His passing has undoubtedly left a gaping hole in our hearts and this season 44 iconic houses and their designers of our generation are banding together for a commendation worthy of the legend himself. The likes of Demna Gvasalia, Daniel Lee, Stella McCartney, Gabriela Hearst, Rei Kawakubo, Rick Owens, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jonathan Anderson and Charaf Tajer will join forces for Love Brings Love.
Whilst we’re guaranteed unprecedentedly fashionable street style galleries, we all know that French style is the most enviable when compared to her contemporaries, so we will be savouring every runway, front row, backstage and beauty moment Paris Fashion Week provides.
Below, we breakdown the designers showing at Paris Fashion Week that we’re most excited to be seeing.
The last time Saint Laurent sent models down the runway in front of an audience was in February last year when they debuted their Fall 2020 collection. We’re expecting to see all the grandeur and might of their Spring 2020 collection. You might remember this one, hosted at the base of the Eiffel Tower with more lights than a rock concert and another iconic close from Naomi Campbell?
Our love affair with Marine Serre is unwavering. Since 2016, when she debuted her first collection ‘Radical Call For Love’, Serre has grown from strength to strength and cemented herself as the vanguard of avant garde sustainable design. Adored by critics and celebrities alike, Serre’s ecofuturist vision is one we will get behind again and again.
In our books, Jonathan Anderson can do no wrong. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Loewe has continued to subvert what’s expected from a luxury fashion house in regards to both collections and presentations. Earlier in the month Anderson himself took to social media to confirm his return to the runway for “the first Loewe show” using the following hashtags; #nervous, #verynervous, #reset.
In our books, Miu Miu has delivered some of Miuccia’s best work yet. Since launching as a sister brand to Prada in 1993, Miu Miu has become synonymous with youthful girliness and a distinct edgy femininity. We’re the best versions of ourselves when we’re wearing Miu Miu. Whilst they’ve undoubtedly mastered the art of the digital presentation (their Spring/Summer 2021 almost broke the internet at the time) their comeback to in real life fashion is nigh.
Globally renowned for their Scandi style and sensibility, Acne Studios is more than a fashion label. Helmed by creator Jonny Johansson, this brand is an embodiment of underground, quirky kitsch design that’s become a trait for the highly sought after street label. Acne Studios is a way of life, a mantra that one repeats, and the top of everyone’s wish list.
Louis Vuitton is the pinnacle of French luxury and class. With Nicholas Ghesquière at the forefront, and a penchant for theatrics, he will no doubt continue to push the “new” Louis Vuitton in a modern direction.
Chanel constantly sets benchmarks to only top them, exceed every precedent and amp up every Coco-ism. Chanel has spent the last decade redefining contemporary womenswear, and whilst their peers have finessed their skill set in other arena’s, dabbling in streetwear and expanding into homewares for instance, they continue to stay true to their values. And it works, has a black quilted 11.12 or tweed coat ever gone out of style?
Despite the brand’s rich 70-year history, Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first female to ever hold the rank as Creative Director. For the past 5 years, Chiuri has subsequently risen to the top of the ranks with effervescent and whimsical collections. Take Chiuri’s tarot inspired Haute Couture collection or recent Brother’s Grimm esque Fall show, Dior is looking to the past with a firm eye on the future.