Is Paris Fashion Week Making a Strong Statement?

The much-awaited Paris fashion week is on and so far it has showcased a mix of safe to ambitious and stylish collections. During the September fashion week last year, there was a lot of flutter doing rounds of a slew of debut collections by big fashion houses. The spring/summer 2018, however, signalled the change. Many designers are here to showcase their talent. Paris fashion show basically ends the fashion month and for the various labels, this is the last chance to show their creativity.

It was Simon Porte Jacquemus, the French wunderkind that kicked off the season in Paris. The first day of the fashion week also witnessed models covering the walkway under a lit-up Eiffel Tower all decked up in Saint Laurent’s collection. It was the short hemlines that made the ramp hot and happening as the temperatures plummeted.

The day 2 of fall-winter 2018 highlighted the themes from the natural world. Lanvin is the oldest couture house in continuous existence, which holds a sacred place in the fashion firmament and Olivier Lapidus, the house designer continued to lead it to a newer path. The debut show of Lapidus last year was greeted by snooty indignation when he tried to convert Lanvin into “a French Michael Kors.” This time around, Lapidus was back with what defines the fashion house – colour-blocking looks with the generous couture.

This fashion week is the season of the sophomore, as a trio of designers is all geared up to present their second collection at a Parisian house. First up in this series is Natacha Ramsay-Levi at Chloé, followed by pretty, bohemian new vision for Carven by Serge Ruffieux’s who is a Dior alumnus later in the day. Clare Waight Keller’s Givenchy show is all set to take place on Sunday morning.

Apart from the runway shows, the Paris Fashion Week will also play host to numerous cocktails, presentations, dinners and after-parties catering to a broader cross-section of the fashion community.

What to expect from the autumn/winter 2018 shows at Paris Fashion Week

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