Paris Fashion Week can be traced back to the 1700’s where outfits were displayed on mannequins for paying clients. Today, it is one of the most exciting and visually stimulating two weeks (one in the Spring and one in the Fall) of the year. This year the fashion both on the street and on the runway did not disappoint.
After reviewing all the collections, I picked out a few pieces that struck me (there are so many more that I can add) and broke them into categories: Collecting Coats, Classic Suites, Day Dresses, and Fantastic and Flowing.
Collecting Coats: I was struck by Chloe’s Designer Clare Waight Keller’s collection. She was inspired by Anne-France Dautheville, a Frenchwoman who, in the 1970’s, traveled across Europe and through the Middle East on a motorbike. This fun adventure was reflected in her line which showed motocross leather pants and coats mixed with multilayered, multicolored lace dresses. I feel like I could start on a great adventure if I was wearing one those coats.
Classic Suites: Karl Lagerfeld went old school with great Chanel suites and pearl accessories – the more the merrier. Paul Ka’s suites in primary colors reminded me of the well dressed Doris Day in her 1950’s films.
Day Dresses: In my favorite line-up, Glambattista Valli showed dark colors and patterns with playful prints and tulle. I could wear them to the office or out for drinks.
Fantastic and Flowing: Valentino showed simple, flowing shapes; fluid jersey dresses; and extraordinary things in chartreuse and champagne-colored silk. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, veiw the collection as living in the moment. “We always think fashion is cultural, not just about delivering clothes,” said Chiuri.
Street Scene in 2016:
The Lookout for Loewe and Creative Director Jonathan Anderson: Jonathan Anderson’s bags, were seen all around Paris during Fashion Week and I am intrigued. When describing his Fall collection, he gave the impression that the clothes were just a backdrop for the placement of his “house bags,” art jewelry, and gold-mirrored sunglasses. Unlike last season’s plastic pants and mirrored clothes, this season, his waist-cinching silhouettes and handkerchief-point hems are graceful and worth a look in their own right.
Acne Studio Coats: I also cannot get enough of Acne Studio Coats, especially the chic updated trenches (that they call Macintoshes). The one shown here (Vallina natural/dusty pink) worn by Ada Kokosar also comes in dark sand. I think a girl should have the natural for spring and the dark sand for fall.
Runway Photos Credit: Vogue