We all know fashion week made its rotation these past four weeks. This glorious event showcases spring-summer looks from the best of the best. It started with New York, and made its way through to London and Milan. Of course, the best was saved for last. Paris - the city of love, and more importantly, fashion.
It’s been an exciting week. Jean Paul Gaultier’s show of the century omitted his farewell. The legend and icon put on the show of his life, as he showcased his last ever ready-to-wear collection. Chanel intrigued the world with a fashionable street protest, joined by the likes of Cara Delevingne and Gisele Bundchen. Fashion week influence us more than we think, as trends emerge from its glossy catwalks. Take a look.
60s 70s retro revival
The A-line dress, bold prints, orange, stovepipes and denim; Paris Fashion Week’s biggest inspiration is the retro revival from the late 60s and early 70s. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac mixes loud prints with sheer fabric, Chanel’s suits and cardigan dresses addresses the 70s, Sonia Rykiel’s A-line dress steals the show and Leonard plays a part in in perfecting denim.
It’s sleek. It’s sexy. It’s also a close line between tasteful and tasteless. Givenchy, Balmain and Mugler alike carefully used this trend and redefined the women’s presence as a powerful figure. Since summer is on its way, this trend is a super cool addition to try; just make sure to pick the right cut-outs that suit your body type.
Chanel’s first face made this style emerge as trendy as ever. Our male counterparts, who traditionally dress in suits, influenced this look that dominated a few catwalks in Paris. The world of fashion is a versatile one, and the tailored look can be worn with a fitted or baggy allure. Commes des Garcons rocked the look with layers and cropped pants. It’s androgynous, chic, and super trendy. Who said work clothes had to be boring?
Comfort stays key
For a while now, top designers start to adopt this motto to its full capacity – from mandals and jerseys, to the no-make up look and loose fitted coats. Hermes’s entire collections resonated a chic comfort of tailored pants, cardigans and collar shirts. Stella McCartney joined the league, making comfort a key trend in her collection and Issey Miyake and Kenzo subtly made the same statement. The days of discomfort are long gone; comfort is key if you want to be on point.
Clothing is no longer used to simply cover up to obey the laws of decent propriety, no. See-through or sheer fabrics are so in at the moment that Anna Wintour even didn’t see it coming. Chiffon, mesh, stunner lace… The likes of Elie Saab, Valentino, Vionnet, Stella McCartney, and Paul & Joe set the bar for this trend on the catwalk. Do we need another reason to be persuaded?
Paris succumbed to dressing practically, known by the term Normcore. It’s set to describe western middle class basics, and at Paris Fashion Week, it was the term on everyone’s lips and social media feeds. It’s basically a kind of make-under, a casual elegance. Hermes and Chloe showcased this trend. The streets of SA will soon showcase the same.