Beyond the confines of the pandemic and the uncertainty of ‘what next’ looming over 2021, Paris Fashion Week celebrated the joy and fervour of dressing up, like we mean it.
The designers at the digital Paris Fashion Week went all out for Fall-Winter 2021. Their creations were bold, sensual and fun – inspired from the glamour of yesterday but made for the future! While Louis Vuitton showcased at The Louvre Paris, Dior set up its ramp in the Palace of Versailles and Balmain made Air France’s hangar its runway.
Here are the top highlights.
Nicolas Ghesquiere, Louis Vuitton’s Artistic Director for womenswear, made The Louvre in Paris his runway for the day. Models strutted down the hallways surrounded with Greek and Roman sculptures, with Daft Punk’s groovy music ‘Around the World’ playing in the background. Outfits were a mix of graphic jackets paired with sweatshirt-like tops and pretty, vibrant tulle skirts, finished with knee-high leather boots.
Ski holidays meets Parisian chic vibe for Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2021 moodboard, designed by Artistic Director Virginie Viard. The ramp show was set in Castel, a private nightclub brimming with post-pandemic party energy. The models sported classic tweed jackets, long and short, paired with sheer crop tops and fuzzy ski boots. A remix of hot pink salopettes, shearling coats, crochet suits and skirts and layered jewellery were also seen in plenty.
Travel and fashion is having a breakthrough moment currently. Add to it the genius of Balmain’s Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, a whole range of Fall-Winter outfits for men and women is born, inspired by the zest of jet-setting. Balmain turned Air France’s hangar at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport into a runway.
Bold and practical pieces of bomber jackets, puffers, jumpsuits, knit turtlenecks, trench coats and fit pants dominated the edit. Generous splashes of metallic, neon, military silhouettes, travel bags and accessories like bejewelled neck pillows gave a nod to post-pandemic style of travelling.
It was a party on the snowy slopes for Miu Miu. Founder and Creative Director of the brand, Miuccia Prada brought her models to the Dolomite mountain range in North-eastern Italy. She said in the show note, the models are dressed for the extreme – but this is with a touch of Miuccia’s language of elegance, where the utility sportswear marries the glamour of partywear.
Mysterious, dark fairy tales set the tone for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Fall-Winter 2021 collection for Dior. Laced with references of Alice in Wonderland, Chiuri designed outfits with a wide range of techniques at assistance. Imagine dainty work of broderie anglaise (English embroidery), old-worldly billowy gowns and pinafore dresses, lots of soft tulles and ruffles, contrasting black leather, all paired with chic lace-up boots and loafers.
Jil Sander’s Creative Director duo, Lucie and Luke Meier, stayed true to the signature codes of the brand – prominently minimal, clean and sharp. Sticking to the neutral tones of cream, beige, white, yellow and black, the collection oozes a dynamic energy of going-out-for-fun but working-from-home – think lacy cami-dresses, pant-suits, pleated skirts, ribbed tops with gloves and slouchy embellished boots.
Lanvin’s Creative Director, Bruno Sialelli, went all out for the Fall-Winter’21 presentation at Paris Fashion Week. His fashion film was a celebration of the joys of dressing up like there’s no tomorrow. Uber glamorous, blingy, upbeat and classy, the models tip-toed to the beats of singer Gwen Stefani’s Rich Girl (2004), into the grand lobby and hallways of a Parisian hotel. Sialelli’s aim was to recreate the ambience of high-energy MTV videos.
“I stumbled on photos of butterfly wings and started collaging them to create a print. This became the starting point for the collection,” said Altuzarra’s Founder and designer, Joseph Altuzarra. Sensual, bold and dramatic, the brand’s Fall-Winter collection is underlined with sharp yet easy-going silhouettes.
The sombre colour palette of grey, cream, white, caramel and brown romances cashmere wool, knits, leather and tie-dye canvas.