All images via The Cut.
Paris Fashion Week is wrapping up, meaning that Fashion Month is coming to a close. Each city on the roster offers its own unique perspective on fashion, from the effortless cool of New York and the fearless experimentalism of London to the unashamed luxury of Milan. Paris was no different with classic French fashion houses treating show goers to darkly romantic looks intensified by the distinctly Parisian brand of quirky sexiness. We couldn’t get enough of the collections at PFW, but there were five that really stood out.
Aganovich - Thursday, September 27
The design duo behind Aganovich delighted us with their futuristic sportswear inspired collection on Thursday. Experimenting with shape and proportion, Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor showed graphic floral tops, asymmetrical satin skirts, and harness-like details. The inclusion of flat brogues and ankle boots gave rigid, tailored pieces a fun, youthful vibe. The real stand-outs of the show were the designers’ interpretation of sweatpants as high fashion items. Sewn out of textured fabric and worn with crisply ironed collared shirts, the pants looked expensive and cool rather than boring and sloppy.
Christian Dior - Friday, September 28
The Dior spring RTW line can be summed up by two carefully chosen words by Vogue reviewer Hamish Bowles, “austere elegance”. The collection by newly appointed artistic director Raf Simons featured classic Dior silhouettes reinterpreted into an ultra modern minimalist aesthetic. Pantsuits resembling those from Dior’s debut 1947 spring collection were accentuated with scarves worn in a new-yet-not-so-new way. Also worth mentioning was the stunning speckled eyeshadow that will be a must-try this spring.
Hermès - Sunday, September 30
This spring’s Hermès collection explored the richness of the fashion house’s heritage. Graphic scarf prints on dresses, tops, jackets, shorts, and cropped pants graced the runway. As well as these classic prints, creative director Christophe Lemaire ensured that mustard yellow and electric blue would be must have colors next spring, using the hues to make oodles of leather shorts, luxe backpacks, and modernized, springier leather jackets.
Yves Saint Laurent - Monday, October 1
The Saint Laurent sprint ready to wear show gave viewers a glimpse into what Coachella might look like in France. Dark, romantic dresses, wide-brimmed hats, over-sized floppy neck bows, and fringe oozed the personality of a quirky boho girl infused with Parisian mystery. We loved this show as scarf-tying inspiration for this fall.
Chanel - Tuesday, October 2
The Chanel show proved to be a tough collection to swallow. At the beginning, we saw mostly over-sized coats and dresses in stiff fabrics that made models resemble linebackers. However, as more pieces came down the runway, the show got stronger, eventually moving away from the Manhattan apartment-sized coats to chic pajama-like suits and mixed textile dresses. But it was after careful review of various Instagram feeds that we decided that the large plastic boater hats stole the show.
Which Parisian show was your favorite?