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Best of Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 – 2021

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Looking for the crème de la crème of Paris Fashion Week? Then it’s your lucky day, since we’ve made an extensive overview of the best shows that took place in the city of love during last fashion month. This is the best of Paris Fashion Week.
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Best of Paris Fashion Week

Now that Paris Fashion Week is over, fashion month has come to an end. It was an exciting month, full of new trends, sustainable fashion and political statements. Despite this, the coronavirus has been the overwhelming theme and talk of town. Let’s forget the virus for a moment, while taking a look at the best of Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020-2021.

Chanel Fall/Winter 2020

Virginie Viard created one of the most daring and frivolous Chanel collections ever. She used the Seine as her main source of inspiration, which was most visible in the decoration at Grand Palais. Where Demna Gvasalia used real water for his Balenciaga show, Viard sticked to an optical illusion – a safer option.

Models entered this extraordinary runway as duos and triplets. Alongside them, there were white layered platforms, suggesting Seine’s banks. The Seine’s history played a large part in Viard’s collection as well. Viard went back to times in which the river was at the heart of the city and home to traders, travelers and even pirates.

Viard translated these three kinds of people into her collection. At first, there were the boots: chunky yet classic, consisting of both black and cognac leather. They were combined with the so-called pirate blouse, which would’ve looked well on mister Jack Sparrow himself. Front-split trousers and big shoulders also played a big role, hinting to this heroic era.

Furthermore, the pirate booty was worn on the models’ chests and around the hips. Just like last season, Viard carried on the hip chain trend – with success. Check out the full report here.

Mugler

Wow. The first word popping up on our minds when watching Mugler’s Fall/Winter 2020 show. Back in the days, Manfred Thierry Mugler had his thoughts about sexiness. Without doubt, Mugler’s current creative director, Casey Cadwallader, has these thoughts too.

We can state that barely one of his looks were safe for work. Cadwallader’s naked items will be trending on Instagram and worn by Mugler’s famous clientele. Hence, the creative director showed the versatility of leather – a trending material. It gave the collection an extra dose of sexiness.

And then we haven’t even discussed the show’s casting, which was as jaw-dropping as the collection itself. It was diverse and over the top. Stunner Jill Kortleve, Bella Hadid and many other amazing models walked the runway fiercely, while wear some kick-ass empowering and sexy ensembles. Cadwallader embraces sexiness in every size and expresses himself via creatives excesses at Mugler. We simply can’t get enough. Check out the full report here.

Ann Demeulemeester

On Instagram, Ann Demeulemeester’s explanation of the collection was quite mysterious: “The collection is dedicated to the proud, untamable legendary creature, a symbol of courtly love, which infuses the medieval literature.” Translation: this collection was inspired by the unicorn.

When a brand opens its show with this message, many would shiver. However, that wasn’t necessary at all at Demeulemeester, since any hint to My Little Pony and associates remained absent. Sébastien Meunier rather looked at the Middle Ages, when Unicorns were the symbol of the untamable.

The collection created an alien atmosphere, evoked by the metal head accessories, hoop skirts and peplums. Furthermore, waists and shoulders were surrounded by perfectly placed metal as well. Overall, the collection formed one big hint to the Renaissance. Metal panniers and billowing sleeves added just a little extra.

When looking at similarities with other collections, Meunier’s collection is very original. The only trend that will stay for sure the upcoming year? A good pair of leather trousers. Check out the full report here.

Issey Miyake

With his first fall collection, creative director Satoshi Kondo wanted to focus on a hopeful future, in combination with the “relationship between clothes and the body and the space in between“. With his “Making Speaking, Speaking Making” collection, this worked out well.

While people hoped to witness a new spectacle (referring to the dancers last season), they had to leave somehow disappointed. However, the seamless knitwear came close and was fun to watch. It linked models together by their cuffs, scarves or sleeves – showing a sense of literal togetherness, where the first looks focused on individuality instead.

Kondo adapted his collection to the capricious weather – or maybe as a metaphor for today’s society? Whatever he meant, it looked very comfy and innovative. We expect that detachable puffer jacket and pants will dominate the streets next winter.

On top of this, Kondo experimented with different fabrics and materials, very signature Miyake. And it worked out well: take for example paper juxtaposed with wool. A combination that doesn’t sound like a match, but somehow perfectly blends when Kondo creates garments from those materials. At last, there were some very, very strong minimalistic looks, like we’re used to at the renowned fashion house. Overall, we can conclude Kondo is entirely in control of Miyake’s heritage and capable of translating it to modern themes. Well done. Check out the full report here.

Louis Vuitton

This May, Nicholas Ghesquière will co-host the Met Gala, themed “About Time: Fashion and Duration.” With this in mind, Ghesquière created a collection with the past looking at the future in mind. That might sound cryptic, and it actually is. To clarify, it’s all about how fashion mirrors the current state of society.

Ghesquière is known for studying past times thoroughly, way better than his peers. In line with this, he like to play with contradictions. In this collection, he let petticoats clash with sportive parkas and so on. These parkas were most striking and characteristic for our time. Despite that Virgil Abloh earlier stated that “streetwear is dead”, Ghesquière proved him wrong. Check out the full report here.

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