PARIS FASHION WEEK RECAP

Paris Fashion Week wrapped up January 30th, but the spring summer collections on display have left their mark. Fashion houses like Christian Dior, Chanel, Versace and Armani showed off timeless designs as well as forward-looking looks.

Here’s a glance at some of the featured collections.

Raf Simons (Christian Dior): Simons’ collection made use of sequins, lace and tulle along with a beautiful color scheme. He said he was inspired by “the romance of a near past when space-age and mind-expanding ideas of a future felt full of possibilities.”

Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel): Lagerfeld’s collection included tweed suits with crystal flowers accompanied by tulle gardening hats. His 73-piece collection showed off the stomach, and said, “the new cleavage is the stomach.” His color scheme used a mix of grey and pink pastels with highlights of blue, yellow and orange.

Donatella Versace (Versace): Versace opted for simple, uncomplicated looks with long, form-fitting dresses, plunging cuts and bold colors. Versace stated that her collection was about “cut, and the curves of a woman’s body. She added that, “every seam is curved.”

Giorgio Armani (Armani): Armani’s collection featured Oriental prints, figures draped in silk and beaded materials.

Christophe Lemaire (Hermes): Lemaire opted for understated, no frills, chic, showcasing well-made coats and dresses, fine fabrics with an air of luxury.

Miuccia Prada: Prada focused on ladylike dressing, making generous use of frills, pencil skirts, plaid, ruffles, glitter and texture.

Nicolas Ghesquiere (Louis Vuitton): Ghesquiere showcased frills and ruffles, lace dresses and black jackets with a bohemian vibe. 

Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen): Burton’s collection played on geisha florals and masks, more couture than ready-to-wear. 

Maria Grazia Chiuri (Valentino): Chiuri opted for easy dresses, tunics, button-down shirts, day dresses and flat sandals.

Heidi Slimane (Saint Laurent): Slimane’s disco-styled offered stars, strips, glitter, lots of leather, platform shoes and even painted boas.

Julie de Libran (Sonia Rykiel): Libran’s collection reinvented familiar French fashion tropes.

One would be hard-pressed to find a common theme. The rich, diversity of the designs reminds us that Fashion Week is about every possibility, from street styles to haute couture, and from classic styles to ground-breaking visuals. With no two designers the same, it becomes challenging to find a clear standout.