Out of all of the international fashion weeks, Paris Fashion Week has some of the most highly anticipated shows each season, and this year was no exception. Hosting designers and celebrities from all over the world, including some well-known names from Hollywood, this season’s Paris Fashion Week saw some delightfully creative catwalks, a French Brasserie, and exciting fashion trends and inspiration for this fall. OROGOLD reviews the biggest highlights of the Paris Fashion Week.
Hollywood Comes to Paris
You wouldn’t usually find Hollywood stars on the Parisian runway, but this year, the Valentino show was turned into a promotion for the Zoolander 2 movie. In the 2001 film, Zoolander, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson played male models, and Paris Fashion Week saw them strutting down the runway dressed in Valentino. Owen Wilson was especially photographed, wearing a printed set of pajamas with a trench coat and sneakers.
For the Chanel show at Paris Fashion Week, Karl Lagerfeld installed a Parisian brasserie, complete with an elaborate bar, which was fully operational, and groups of small round tables. Lagerfeld, who became the head designer for Chanel in the early 80s, chose the name Brasserie Gabrielle as an homage to the founder of Chanel. Models stepped out in looks that were inspired by the elegant dining theme, with a sequinned, bejewelled Chanel apron, and a ceramic saucer bag with the brand’s iconic logo, gaining the most attention. Two notable models, who have been quickly working their way up in the industry, were Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne. Lagerfeld also hosted a Chanel breakfast at Brasserie Gabrielle, inviting only the most elite in the industry to dine with him and some of the models.
Vivienne Westwood Plays with Gender
Legendary British punk haute couture designer, Vivienne Westwood, was once again a small step away from causing a full blown scandal for putting male models in ballgowns, corsets and knitted pants, whilst petite girls wore wide shouldered suits. Always one for proving that rules are meant to be broken, Westwood used her collection to bring attention to her stand against gendered silhouettes.
Fashion and Technology
Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen wowed the audience with her collection that featured futuristic looks that merged textiles with technology. Van Herpen developed a special transparent material that gave her models an edgy futuristic look. She also used a 3D printer to print out the heels that the models walked in, ones that looked extremely painful to wear, but were a delight for the eyes nevertheless!
Fashion shows are always a great way to spot trends for the upcoming season, and the runways at Paris Fashion Week were full of inspiration for fall trends. Neck warmers were featured on many runways, matched elegantly with a variety of outfits, keeping models warm and chic. Many designers, such as Stella McCartney and Celine, had outfits that featured a super-long sleeve, falling many inches below the wrist, whilst others, such as Chalayan and Loewe, sent a variety of sleeveless coats, also known as long vests, down the runway. Many designers also turned to color-blocking for their fall collections, either using bold colors or muted neutrals.
Paris Fashion Week is hugely influential in the fashion industry all over the globe, with many of the biggest fashion houses choosing to showcase their collections there. The stunning creations that were seen this season definitely ensured that Paris kept its title as one of the fashion capitals of the world.