With fashion weeks around the world losing some of their prestige due to designers deciding to show in just one location, Paris Spring Summer Fashion Week is still a highlight of the fashion lover’s year. The Fall 2018 season in Paris is busy: filled with heavy-hitters like Dior, Chanel, and Saint Laurent and newcomers alike. Look for labels to navigate their footing in the fashion real estate game.
Simon Porte Jacquemus, the French virtuoso designer, kicked off Paris Spring Summer Fashion Week at a then-unknown fashion house, but which was quickly revealed to be an eponymous brand, surprising many.
Hedi Slimane’s new appointment at Céline means the fashion house will not be showing in Paris – which left the highly coveted Sunday afternoon spot occupied by former Céline designer, Phoebe Philo, up for grabs. In somewhat of a coup, Anne Chapelle nabbed the timeslot for Poiret – the century-old French fashion house she has financially backed (led creatively by Chinese couturier Yiqing Yin).
Other newcomers include Marine Serre, who, while no newcomer to fashion week herself thanks to her time at Balenciaga, is showing her solo collection. Natacha Ramsay-Levi will be in Paris for her sophomore outing with Chloé and Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy will be looking to follow up her strong haute-couture show from January with a splash in Paris.
Designers in Paris will be giving fashion-lovers the world over collections that focus on both vintage and ready-to-wear fashion. Surprisingly, stylish and wearable clothing takes the focus, including (somewhat predictably) the fall and winter coat. Just don’t expect to be considered one of the stylish set in a classic black or navy wool option – colorful coats of a variety of fabrics (including leather, quilted satins, and velvet) will take the cake this year.
Feminism is also taking center-stage this year, as designers respond to the present #metoo climate. Whatever the style, designers are proving that the woman dresses as she wants. Designers, including Christian Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Saint Laurent’s Anthony Vaccarello, are looking to the revolutionary 1960s and 70s. With short hemlines and her overall look, the #metoo woman defends powerful and liberated femininity, the state of mind of a woman of character who refuses to hide or blend in the decor, who dresses as she wants, and has fun despite the threats that some men can put on this freedom.
For more information on Paris Fashion Week, visit the official website.