Paris Fashion Week SS19 Highlights
The big one – out of the four style capitals that encompass fashion week, it is the magical and momentous influencers of Paris that captivates everyone’s attention – where fantasy, creativity and the height of glamour enchantingly collate to construct a show-stopping ending to trending proceedings. From Gucci, Valentino and Dior to Valli, Balmain and McQueen, the industry’s top designer’s come out in fierce and fabulous force to present utterly desirable collections, whilst at the same time we witness the attention-grabbing quirk from the likes of Comme des Garçons, Rick Owens and Thom Browne to Junya Watanabe, Maison Margiela and Yohji Yamamoto.
Below are a handful of collection highlights…
Alessandro Michele executed a heavy helping of Parisian glamour for Gucci’s SS19 collection – but naturally, it was intercepted by the creative director’s signature of doing everything to excess. Intermingling the past and present, there where plentiful amounts of glitter, with reworked medieval gowns and dapper suits, not to mention the brand’s usual enthusiasm for psychedelic’s, absurd quantities of sequins, voluminous shoulders, lashings of ruffles and neon feathers. Over-the-top madness comes as standard, with Michele’s freaks-and-geeks aesthetic once again arriving as his signature that his customer has precisely come to expect.
John Galliano’s talent continues to exceed design expectations – a master of technical creation, he can cut on the bias like no other, experiment with proportions and play with volumes with complete finesse. His SS19 collection for Maison Margiela acted as a reminder of how he attains the extraordinary ability to radiate cultural creativity and imbue the garments he crafts with meaning that echoes outside the catwalk. Once again, the clothes arrived deconstructed and reconstructed, portrayed via the surrealism of avant-garde: his decortiqué technique was applied to laser-cut dresses to expose the frame of a slip; a neoprene cape had a Crombie topstitched into it; latex trousers were paired with an extravagant bowed top and a theme of genderless effortlessly transitioned throughout.
Thom Browne is another designer who creatively manipulates cultural references throughout his collections and illustrates them to fantastic effect. Browne’s SS19 fantasyland incorporated an army of outrageously lavish and absurdist nautical looks. It featured men wearing pleated skirts and pointy gnome hats, a gold sequin and tulle mermaid fishtail gown with a matching jacket and hat, deconstructed gingham coats, patchwork fur and tassel tailoring with an OTT watermelon headpiece and death-defying killer heels all contributed to Browne’s one-of-a-kind designs that dazzle every time.
Words by Katie Farley