Paris Fashion Week has come to an end for the year, so it’s time to reflect on all the fantastic moments that have emerged from the week-long fashion spectacular.
Unlike previous years, there was no real theme among the designers, with many deciding to get away from the politics that had featured heavily in other events. What they have created is a mix of the wonderful and the bizarre, and the result is fantastic.
Chanel reaches for the stars
By far one of (if not the) most spectacular show at this year’s Paris Fashion Week, Chanel’s space inspired catwalk was a fitting climax to one of the world’s biggest fashion events.
The catwalk, which was the brainchild of Chanel’s head designer and creative director Karl Lagerfeld, was deeply reminiscent of the 1960’s Space Race.
The fashions are clearly based on 1960s futurism. The monochrome colours evoke thoughts of when television black and white. Silver go-go boots and bouffant up-dos paired with wide Alice bands featured heavily on the catwalk.
Of course the absolute highlight of the Chanel show was watching the actual rocket on the runway blast off. This an event that no one in the 60s would have thought possible for a fashion show. It was the jewel in the crown of one of Chanel’s most creative shows.
Nicki Minaj’s odd fashion choices
Usually it’s the outfits on the models that turn heads. However, this year’s Paris Fashion Show was different. When rapper Nicki Minaj attended Haider Ackermann’s show, she appeared to have had fashion malfunction. However, it turned out to be a very intentional fashion choice. Some even took issue with the outfit as it was of a very revealing nature.
It wasn’t the first outfit that had heads turning Nicki’s way during Paris Fashion Week. At an earlier show by Rick Owens, she wore a less risqué, but far more bizarre, outfit.
Many have made a connection between Nicki’s first outfit and an outfit worn by Lil’ Kim to the 1999 MTV music awards, which looks strikingly similar in terms of skin exposure.
Paying homage to fashions past
While fashion events like Paris Fashion week usually focus on what will be happening fashion for the upcoming year, there was a glimpse at some past fashion creations.
The Palais Galliera fashion show paid homage to couturier Cristobal Balenciaga with its out-of-house exhibition titled “Balenciaga: L’Oeuvre au Noir” at the Musée Bourdelle.
The exhibit focuses solely on his creations throughout his career, featuring over 60 pieces, from dresses to jewellery to sketches of works. Despite some of the pieces being well over 50 years old, many still look like they could be worn on any red-carpet today.
Miu Miu: Bosses of faux fur
Italian fashion brand Miu Miu was the boss of faux fur at this year’s Paris Fashion Week. Their show at the Palais d’Iéna had nearly every inch of the building covered in purple faux fur, but that was not the only faux fur in sight.
The collection was a loud, proud display of fur. There were wide oversized fur coats, fur rain hats and flat fur boots. The hues were of a positive nature, brighter colours such and yellow and green, along with more relaxing hues of blue and purple.
Overall, the Paris Fashion Week was full of interesting trends that we will be following closely.