Paris Fashion Week update #5 – Celine, Haider Ackermann and Comme des Garçons

Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2020 is still going strong. We are delighted to keep you posted on the best shows, promising designers and emerging trends. This update: Celine, Haider Ackermann and Comme des Garçons.

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Paris Fashion Week is full of great designers and shows. Since its hard to stay up-to-date with its great amount of shows, we’re delighted to keep you posted. Check out the schedule of all fashion weeks here and the complete Paris Fashion Week schedule here.


“The seventies called, they want their wardrobe back” must have popped up to mind at almost everyone who watched Celine’s Spring/Summer 2020 show. Bootcut jeans, slick blazers, aviator sunglasses and silk dresses were focal points of the collection. Neither glitter and glamour nor heroine chic dominated the show, as Hedi Slimane learned his lesson from his first collection for Celine ever (still missing Phoebe Philo? Check out our tribute to this inspiring woman here).

The collection formed a reference to the mid ’70s, when the French middle class a.k.a. the bourgeoisie was attracted to the brand’s delicate silk items, horse bit prints and beautiful shoes. All former items are present in this collection, hence in a 2020 version. While never abnegating what Philo did for Celine, we think this collection shows a new direction for Celine and that’s not bad at all.

Haider Ackermann

Haider Ackermann has been creating androgynous looks since ages, before we even realized it could become the norm. For his show at Paris Fashion Week, he created a collection that was (most of the time) so gender fluid that it really didn’t matter whether a man or a woman wore a particular outfit – the garments were all very enviable, despite gender and age.

However, there were a few very experimental outfits, including tops draped around the female bodies. Bella Hadid and Adut Akech were – of course – among the lucky ones to wear these extravagant tops. As you might expect they looked stunning.

With this collection, Ackermann shows he’s still a very important player in the innovative fashion scene. He knows how to make head turning minimalism the new norm, although many outfits were especially ready to wear to an average Hollywood party instead of being part of your daily life.

Comme des Garçons

The Comme des Garçons’ show made this edition of Paris Fashion Week a historical one. Rei Kawakubo surprised everyone with a very extravagant and something we’d more expected from Alessandro Michele for Gucci. However, Kawakubo nailed it.

Her inspiration? The Opera of Vienna. Together with Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth, Kawakubo designed costumes for Virginia Woolf’s Orlando at the Vienna State Opera, debuting in December. As feministic as the creative director is, so is Neuwirth. They found a contagious kind of equality and decisiveness in each other and decided to collaborate.

Last June, Kawakubo ‘debuted’ with her first collection inspired on Orlando, in the form of her mens collection. This second part of the triology was evenly refreshing as surprising and we simply can’t wait to see what else Kawakubo has in store for us.

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