Paris Fashion Week 2019 has just come to an end, so let’s recap the final days of this phenomenal event. We’ve already recapped the first days of #pfw, including trends like deconstruction and Jacquemus’ micro handbag-saga. Read it here. Let’s take a closer look at the shows and trends of Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Lacoste and Balenciaga.
Paris Fashion Week 2019
Oh Paris, you had a lot for us to anticipate on. At first, the weather was so great that many had to take our trans-seasonal wardrobe to an entire other level (which led to very cool street style pics, btw) and you made us get used to a very high level of fashion. Deconstruction was a common theme at many shows. It was almost like designers picked it as a common theme. However, we’re the last to complain, because Paris Fashion Week 2019 provides a very promising Fall/Winter this year, full of artistic and authentic outfits. Being and expressing yourself seems to be more important than ever, and we’re happy to provide you the PFW style that can help you.
We’re huge fans of Stella McCartney, as you may know. Not only because she’s a powerful woman, but also because of her environmental care. Stella gave a whole new meaning to sustainability with her ever-cool and vegan brand.
Stella McCartney’s show was “Dedicated to the ones we love in the past, present and future.” With this collection, McCartney shows love to the earth and its creatures and draws attention to the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia. It’s at risk because trees are cut down to develop fabrics. Love messages were written on the catwalk. They were meant for the ones we love in the past, present and future. It was a dedication to the planet and to the rhinos, elephants, tigers and orangutans – threatened because of the fashion industry. With this statement and historic show, Stella McCartney writes history.
Besides the amazing initiative and message McCartney spreads, we simply can’t get enough of the chunky shoes, embroidered gowns and ultra-feminine silhouettes. Models as Kaia Gerber and HyunJi Shin walked the runway with pride, but there was also place for some newcomers as Emily Driver and Mona Tougaard. Check them out below.
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Designer Sarah Burton brought classic and rock to a whole new level with her Alexander McQueen show during Paris Fashion Week 2019. With her tailored suits, feminine waistlines and punk-like combinations, Burton did an amazing job and redefined the new chic. Today’s women want to dress to impress, but according to their own rules. Power dressing is the new sexy and Burton understands it well. Furthermore, Burton did a great job on casting as well. She incorporated diversity into her show, not only in color – but also in size. Rising star Jill Kortleve was the center of attention.
To make her collection even better, Burton incorporated scraps and industrial ‘waste’ in her designs. This led to beautiful embellishments on several dresses. This show went beyond our wildest dreams.
Karl Lagerfeld’s last show for Chanel was a special one. For this occasion, he redecorated Le Grand Palais to a winter wonder land, including a lot of snow. The outfits were very signature for Lagerfeld and Chanel’s fashion house. What made the show even more special, was the minute of complete silence, to contemplate on Karl Lagerfeld’s heritage. Not only for Chanel, but for the entire fashion industry.
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The ultra-French tennis brand gave a new meaning to sporty fashion. You couldn’t even discover a hint of street style fashion, which has been a successful trend at many other designer labels. Lacoste shows that you can be dressed sporty, with a very elegant twist.
Lacoste’s fashion show during Paris fashion Week 2019 formed a tribute to several important women in René Lacoste’s life. At first there was Simone Thion de la Chaume, his wife. This led to “timeless femininity and innate sensitivity”, which clearly can be seen in the garments. At second, there was shed light on Suzanne Lenglen – one of the first female tennis stars and one of René Lacoste’s closest friends. Her looks provided a “free and contemporary silhouette, endlessly inspiring & creative”.
Feminine silhouettes and sporty accents shape the collection and make it a fierce and classy one, different from others.
Demna Gvasalia took on a new perspective on classic tailoring, with his Balenciaga show at Paris Fashion Week 2019. Or – as Gvasalia called it – “my ode to the customer, to people who actually go shopping for fashion. Because of course—this is the reason I do it!”
The show – and Balenciaga’s Fall 2019 collection – was surprisingly mature and minimalistic. Something we haven’t seen before. Gvasalia stated that he wants to improve the brand and keep up the same aesthetic, but in a more subtle way. The show itself was more subtle as well, which led all the attention to the clothes – something that isn’t a matter of course, nowadays. We saw exquisitely cut tuxedos and other semi-formal pieces, which had an empowering effect on our minds.
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