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Paris Fashion Week update #7 – Givenchy and Stella McCartney

Photographer Mario Kroes

Paris Fashion Week is fashion month’s cherry on the cake. The City of Love’s Fashion Week is home to many established names, juxtaposed with their younger colleagues. These younger counterparts often show their progressive view on fashion and sustainability, where established labels rely on their signature look and feel. This results in an interesting mix of designers, trends and cultures. Fashion Week translates the city into a melting pot of young and old, traditional and progressive and everything in between. Therefore, we provide daily updates about the shows, collections and the stories behind them. Today: Givenchy and Stella McCartney.

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Cover photo: © Mario Kroes

Paris Fashion Week

The great thing is that Paris Fashion Week is home to many female designers. Take for example Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen, Claire Wright Keller (Givenchy), Stella McCartney and Virginie Viard (Chanel) – all great women who show during Paris Fashion Week. We can’t longer suppress our excitement. Luckily, we don’t have to, since PFW is in full force. Read everything about Givenchy and Stella McCartney below.
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Givenchy

Claire Waight Keller used Hubert de Givenchy’s midcentury collections as her source of inspiration for the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2020 collection. Furthermore, French New Wave film posters and Anouk Aimée’s black and white shots were pinned on Keller’s mood board. They all led to a collection dominated by black, white and red – executed in dots, stripes and checks.

The collection was formal, especially when comparing it to last season’s garments. Strong shoulders, long and soft sleeves and perfect fits proved Keller’s mastery of tailoring. Midshow, soft and modern dresses made their entrance. They looked effortlessly cool and dressed up at the same time. They showed Keller’s understanding of today’s woman: modern and comfortable. She needs something that’s easy to wear, while keeping it cool. Like no other, Keller succeeds in creating these kind of perfect ensembles. For this collection, they included dresses combined with pants and eye catching details.

Keller used feathers and fringe for her evening wear. Not very surprising – these details are everywhere at the moment – but very signature for Givenchy. It created an old Hollywood vibe; a very chic one. The entire collection was full of hints to Hubert de Givenchy, who would have celebrated his 93rd birthday if he’d still be alive. A thoughtful present to one of the most influential men in fashion who has ever lived.

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Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney created a collection with the motto “More pleasure, less leather!” Even ‘animals’ were welcomed to this cruelty-free collection and show. A bunny, dog and cow were welcoming the crowd, while handing out baby trees to help offset carbon dioxide. McCartney could have done this way easier, but it’s all about the spreading the message and awareness of her fashion crowd. The tree’s label stated “We should all be carbon neutral now. We are absorbing the CO2 emitted by the show to make this a completely carbon neutral experience. Planting this tree is part of the solution.” Later on, these “animals” made their entrance on the runway, creating a festive closing and emphasizing that McCartney’s collections are entirely animal-free.

This show felt light, while it was all about being kind to the planet and doing something back. Quite refreshing in a world in which the coronavirus has taken the lead. For one moment, people forgot their worries about getting sick or catching a cold.

Instead of using animal products, McCartney decorated her items with brooches, earrings and other festive details. Furthermore, she stepped up the vegan leather game. It was perforated, soft and movable; typically for McCartney’s materials and designs. As a logical effect, dancing cows closed the show. Hurray for Stella.

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Check out the best of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 here.

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