The final leg of Fashion Month is officially amongst us with the start of Paris Fashion Week. To break down the best of the best, we are selecting the top 5 looks. Consider it your definitive guide to the runways of the French fashion capital.
Prada loves taking the traditional and understandable and twisting it around nearly 360 that it goes through several degrees of unrecognizable until it’s back to “totally get ir”.
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There was a space-age curving and molding that is signature Ghesquiere, seen in the rounded black patent closure on a smart tailored coat or in the way Seventies-style ribbed knits balled at the hem and cuffs of featured half-moon slits.
Set in the cavernous, ghostly Hall of the Guards in the Conciergerie – Where Marie Antoinette and thousands of other prisoners of the French Revolution were held prisoner – Sara Burton unveiled an equally haunting collection that was also one of her most wearable. Yes, there was the drama and the theatrical pieces, but it was anchored in meticulously tailored and precise separates.
Turns out they can do minimal just as effortlessly as they can do embellished. Take a handful of looks that pulled on a classic combo – the oversized sweater with a fancy skirt. Here, the skirts were laser-cut leather and chiffon spliced in pleats. They did a whole series of black sheer looks with spangle silver beadword. Upclose, they were feats of crafsmanship. From afar, they looked like luxury armor.
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The designer offered a long menu of toppers, from a feather – trimmed peacoat in outsized proportions to wooly shearlings, knit car coats and wonderful cape coats in men’s check patterns. The signature Chanel jacket was redone as a cardigan or knit dress and then Lagerfeld tried his hand at some Missoniesque zigzag knits worn over leather sweatpants. Maybe it’s all that time he spend in Milan for Fendi.