Paris Fashion Week, September 2016

Paris Fashion Week, September 2016

Fashion month is officially over, finishing with a grand finale in Paris. There were a TON of shows that I loved, but I narrowed it down to my favorites below. Browse, read, and say “a bientôt” to fashion month for now!

Balmain

Balmain showed tons of looks in Paris last week (maybe too many), but my favorites were the metallic ones. I can’t get the image of Gigi Hadid in that gold coat out of my head, and honestly I just want everyone to be shiny like that all the time. Gigi gleamed on the Balmain runway as well. I also loved this blush-colored dress with the metallic belt. I’m still trying to figure out how to wear pale pinks like that without looking like a naked mole rat, so I always love seeing them on other people.

Christian Dior

In July, a long nine months after Raf Simons left Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri was appointed sole creative director, leaving her partnership with Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino. With all of these changes, the new Dior collection was much-anticipated. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint. Dior has always been sort of synonymous with femininity and womanhood, and Chiuri’s first collection for the brand was her own interpretation of what it means to be feminine today. However, she didn’t go straight for the stereotype of femininity. The collection included many varying examples of womanhood, with some athletic-looking pieces that were inspired by fencing uniforms, some wispy and delicate embroidered gowns, and even more that were in between these two poles.

Some of the clothes and accessories had bees embroidered on them, which was a reference to Hedi Slimane’s designs for Dior Homme; Maria Grazia Chiuri said that she wanted to draw inspiration from all of the designers who have lead the brand before her rather than focusing solely on Christian Dior himself. I think the idea of new designers taking over famous fashion houses like Dior is so interesting — how do you balance the signature of the brand and the legacy of the original designer with your own creative process? I’m excited to watch Chiuri do that. Plus, I love bees. I’m thinking about getting a tattoo of one.

There were also multiple appearances of this “We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirt, which is definitely a statement I can get behind. Overall, this was one of my favorite collections of the entire month, which I suppose isn’t all that surprising given Maria Grazia Chiuri’s history with Valentino and my obsession with all things feminist.

Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld was serving us some kind of computer-age, digital dream juxtaposed with some more traditional Chanel looks. I have no idea what kind of message he was trying to convey, but I love the combination of aesthetics. Obviously the clothes in this collection were more than just traditional — there was actually an appealingly vast amount of variability in this collection, a little bit of everything — but I really love the idea of a Chanel suit that could easily belong to Emily Gilmore being shown on a faux-robot (a faux-bot?) in a room that looks like a motherboard.



So, yes to this collection, but no to Lagerfeld’s recent comments about Kim Kardashian’s robbery. Note to Karl: stop victim-blaming. And maybe ask Maria Grazia Chiuri for a crash course in feminism.

VALENTINO VALENTINO VALENTINO VALENTINO VALENTINO VALENTINO

And finally, my love, my life: Valentino. Like I said before, Maria Grazia Chiuri left Valentino and her long-time designing partner Pierpaolo Piccioli to move over to Dior, which meant that this season there was a particular interest in both brands’ shows. We’ve already talked about how Chiuri killed it at Dior, and thankfully Pierpaolo Piccioli’s first solo Valentino show was excellent as well. And that’s not just my opinion based on my biased infatuation with Valentino — the reviews for this collection were pretty much positive across the board. There was flood of pink in this collection, which I’m pretty excited about. I don’t wear a lot of pink, but it seems like it’s going to be nearly impossible to buy clothes that aren’t pink next spring, and I’m looking forward to trying it out. There were also some red pieces, in true Valentino fashion. You can see a lot of the shapes and details that frequent Valentino collections, which was very comforting for me. I like innovation, but I don’t want to lose that Valentino feeling. I guess I won’t talk about individual pieces in this collection because it’ll just leave us with a full paragraph of me listing each item and then gushing incoherently, so I’ll just leave you with photos of some of my favorites, which speak for themselves.

There were so many collections that I loved from Paris, which was by far my favorite fashion week this season, but these were the handful that I wanted to talk about most. Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, Givenchy, Acne Studios, and about a million other shows were also wonderful. Especially Alexander McQueen, we might have to talk about that collection another time.

Comment below or tweet me photos of your favorite collections or looks that I left out of this post! Thanks for spending fashion month with me!

 

 

 

 

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