Paris Fashion Week highlights: Vibrant colours, extravagance and sustainability


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  • Sunday, 06 Oct 2019

A model walks the runway for the Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2020 show in Paris. Photo: Instagram/@driesvannoten

Paris Fashion Week wound down on Tuesday (Oct 1), rounding out the ready-to-wear trends shown in New York, London and Milan during the Spring/Summer 2020 fashion month.

This season, sustainability seemed to be at the core of some houses' preoccupations, who showed designs made from recycled materials.

Energy and optimism were also present, through a palette of bright, exuberant colours, as was an eccentric streak shown through off-kilter volumes and proportions complemented by an excess of decorative touches.

Sustainability Sets Up Shop In Paris

Designers showing sustainable collections were far from the norm in Paris, but Planet Earth seemed to be one of Paris Fashion Week's core preoccupations.

Marine Serre, with her Maree Noire collection, was among those who advocated for more environmentally friendly fashion with upcycled creations shown against a pessimistic backdrop.

The Dior house also questioned the fashion sphere on matters of eco-responsibility in a natural garden composed of over 160 trees destined to be re-planted.

Later, Givenchy used faded, upcycled denim to present a series of shorts and jeans. Stella McCartney, who has been an advocate since the very beginning, asserts that this season's collection is her most sustainable yet.

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A Shot Of Colour

Just as in New York and Milan, the fashion week in Paris had an air of optimism and dynamism with a peppy palette meant to turn heads. Balmain made a bigger splash by presenting vivaciously coloured creations alongside its classic black-and-white palette.

Leonard Paris's latest collection also spread joie-de-vivre and promoted freedom with vibrant, flashy colours, with a multitude of luxuriating, often 1970s-inspired patterns.

For their part, Issey Miyake, Dries Van Noten (by Christian Lacroix), Junya Watanabe (in subtle touches), and Agnes B. also dealt in fresher colours.

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A Fashion Extravaganza

The Parisienne's typical effortless chic was, as always, a centerpiece of Paris Fashion Week, with collections that were elegant, modern, and feminine.

However, some of the houses decided to inject flights of fancy in their collections, with time-travel, reminders of childhood, and permissions to daydream in heaping servings.

Thom Browne, who typically trades in eccentricity, presented a modern Marie Antoinette, at once chic, romantic, rock'n'roll, and completely offbeat, as was the actual show, which delighted the attendance.

A wild streak was also present at Comme Des Garcons, Vivienne Westwood, and Manish Arora, who showed creations with oversized ornaments, flashy colours, and the kaleidoscopic omnipresence of patterns. – AFP Relaxnews

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