PFW a.k.a Paris Fashion Weak, was all for the the win with impeccable fall collections this past week.
For the record, High-end fashion has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I think a lot of people generally view it with disdain for a variety of reasons such as they don't "get"it (why should a ripped up sweatshirt be worth 500??), they don't support the unrealistic beauty standards set by runway models, or they just don't feel it to be very sustainable as the Fashion industry it accountable as a major source of pollution.
Nonetheless, I see high fashions worth in its' artistic and theatrical qualities, because it's quite literally art that you live in everyday. Every garment has been sewed, fitted, and curated by a designer with meticulous care to not only give you a visual means in which to express your self but to embody their own vision as well. And the vision can't be complete with out Fashion Week; New York, Paris, London, or Milan-Take your pick! The audience, set design, and runway layout make up my favorite characteristics of Fashion Week. The moment where the designers whole vision for a collection comes to life.
But I digress, courtesy of Vogue I'll be giving you the run down the 2017 Paris Fashion Weeks best runway collections.
One of my favorite books is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov; that is precisely how Olympia Le-Tan first caught my eye, with an extensive collection of handmade felt and embroidered clutches made to resemble the classic novels we have all come to know and love. That was 7 years ago, in 2010. Today, the brand stays true to its classical taste and theatrical novelties with an interactive showcase of models dawning 1950/60's silhouettes, under dramatic lighting within The Chopin Hotel, following an Alfred Hitchcock theme.
The noire look of this show is so dreamy yet insidious, keeping you enchanted but slightly on edge, just like Hitchcock.
Undoubtedly, Karl Lagerfeld has done it again. Earlier this season with a fun Pre-Fall walkthrough the Ritz Carlton and now with a huge rocket, influenced by Pharrel's motion picture Hidden Figures.
If wearing chrome thermal blankets is wrong, then I don't want to be right...
Virgil Abloh, An Illinois native, walks in the liminal space between streetwear and couture so well. He plays many roles, as the owner of to being a DJ and creative director for his own lines plus Kanye West. But Off-White has recently been taking waves, from being carried in Barney's to this season elaborate Ready-To-Wear Fall Collection (emphasis on the Fall).
Abloh's set design personally reminds me of the forest in Snow White. I find it so surreal; all the dried leaves and birch trees placed so organically. Additionally the pops of color here surprised me more so than the lack of the signature Off-White t-shirt logo and parking pattern. Although he includes sweatshirts and slouchy shoulder framing, It looks like Virgil has planted his foot into the high designer line of fashion, leaving the streetwear atmosphere behind for the time being.
An Ode to Navy, J'adore le blue,Maria Chiuri's "blue period" all fit the atmosphere for what is my favorite theme across the board for Paris Fashion Week; Various shades of blue in velvet, denim and chiffon, minimal makeup, and the ultimate french girl accessory-the beret. Doe's it get much better than this?
Ah....Takes me back to my Catholic High School days....but with a more Parisian-militant twist. If only secondary school could've been so chic *sigh*.
At the end of the week, the biggest take away I've had is that metallics (Chrome specifically) are going to be Fall's best accent color (which I'm totally down with since I love the Y2K aesthetic btw).
What do you all think? What was your favorite fall trend from Paris Fashion Week? and if you don't have one, what's you favorite fall trend or staple item?