paris fashion week fall 2020

Highlights from Paris Fashion Week

Our five favorite shows, the most talked-about moments, and few things you may have missed.

By: Leah Faye Cooper

How many videos of Kanye West’s latest production of Sunday Service did you see on your Instagram feed this week? Or images from the Thome Brown show—models walking in pairs donning identical outfits; oversized animal masks complimenting Browne’s signature red, white, and navy palette? After shows in New York, London, and Milan, Fashion Month concluded in Paris where incessant rain didn’t help to combat industry fatigue or quell stress amid a global health crisis. For a few moments though—whether in the front row or opposite a computer screen during a livestream—the Paris shows, with their elaborate sets and thought-provoking collections offered the escapism and inspiration fashion delivers when it’s at its best.

After much debate in our morning meetings and more than a few Slack exchanges, we settled on our five favorite shows. We’ll be thinking about them until next season.

 

Chloé

Rarely are we advocates of wearing one designer head-to-toe. (Why limit yourself when there is so much to choose from? Why not mix and match and be creative?) However, if we woke up tomorrow and our closets were filled with nothing but the latest Chloé collection, we’d be OK with that. Silhouettes were ’70s-esque without feeling costume-y, dresses hit a romantic note in lightweight, billowy silk, and nothing was overly precious or too buttoned up. It was sophisticated and fun all at once, and we want it all.

 

Kenneth Ize

A closing walk from Naomi Campbell alone was enough to pique our interest, but beyond the star power on the runway (Imaan Hammam and Adwoa Aboah also walked) Ize’s Paris Fashion Week debut was cohesive, wearable, and reflective of how, with the right color palette and draping, patterns as simple as stripes and plaid can feel new and refreshing.

 

Louis Vuitton

True to form, Nicolas Ghesquière’s gave us the type of collection we crave: brimming with looks that could veer into the the “too much” category, but with the houses deft execution make perfect sense. Petticoats paired with parkas, race car driver-inspired boots, and LV-emblazoned bags in both classic and new shapes.

 

Maison Margiela

We like to think that we’ve mastered the arts of layering and color-blocking, but the Maison Margiela provided a masterclass in both. Tulle overlays draped atop silk dresses were accented with wool collars; bright orange found an unlikely companion in the the softest shade of lavender. And though the oversized proportions and deconstructed silhouettes read very editorial, we found ourselves inspired enough to try these looks in real life come fall.

 

Saint Laurent

Anthony Vaccarello’s signature sex appeal took to the runway in the form of latex leggings, sheer pussybow blouses, and leater bra tops. And as much as we can appreciate a deliberate departure from a brand’s dna here and there, impeccably-tailored blazers, thigh-high boots, and second-skin dresses in dark, moody hues is what we love about Saint Laurent. This season, we got it all.

 

Top Photo: Filippo Fior / Gorunway.com

 

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