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By April Kosky

Paris Fashion Week AW18 Round Up


Balenciaga

 

Balenciaga definitely had the most interesting backdrop season. In case you missed it, or had your head under a rock, models walked around a giant fake-snow mountain covered with neon Balenciaga graffiti. Pretty cool. This season also marked the first season for Balenciaga under Demna Gvasalia in which men and women walked together. If Balenciaga can do it, so can everyone else. Ethics seemed pretty high-up on the agenda for Gvasalia – various World Food Program-branded merchandise went down the runway, profits from which will go the UN charity to relieve food poverty. Alongside this, Balenciaga made a $250,000 donation to the fund. All of this, and we haven’t even started talking about the clothes. Everything was very Balenciaga, very Gvasalia. As usual, he managed to meld the two perfectly. Models wearing seven layers of perfectly fused clothing were sent out on the catwalk next to exactly fitted, tight suits and dresses. Balenciaga, we love you.

 

Off-White

 

Equestrian influences were heavy in Virgil Abloh’s AW18 collection for Off-White. This was clear not only in shape and style, but in the print that was seen throughout. As on many other catwalks this season, knee-high boots had a very prominent presence, but were given a Virgil twist. The crotch-skimming pale blue crocodile pair as worn by Kaia were pretty dreamy. Colours ranged from pale blue to black and white and nude with some rogue prints thrown in for good measure. Suits were bought up-to-date with micro-shorts, and corsets were paired with pony-embossed t-shirts. Abloh made it clear that his influence is here to stay, with a selection of heavyweights, including Alek Wek, Joan Smalls, Bella Hadid and Kaia Gerber showing off his latest garms. If they’re good enough for them, they’re good enough for us.

 

Y-Project

 

This season, we were reminded once again why we can’t get enough of Y-Project. Firstly, can we talk about the boots? Not only were there multiple iterations of wrap-round patent leather thigh-highs, but there were slouchy tartan and denim heeled over-the-knee boots, and of course, his second collaboration with Australian brand Ugg. We haven’t wanted to wear Uggs so badly since 2008. The whole collection was a full-on mash-up of streetwear and high-octane glamour. Obviously, if money was no object, we would buy everything, but if had to choose, we’d take the reconstructed Levi shorts, Fairisle knits, and vajazzled cords. Actually, we also want the red velvet mini dress and the double denim. Guess we’ll take it all.

 

Jacquemus

 

Inspired by a recent trip to Morocco, Simon Porte’s AW18 collection injected summery vibes into winter-appropriate clothes. T-shirts worn braless, slip dresses and coats opened to expose acres of bare leg created a carefree atmosphere when paired with models’ nude faces. Classic Jacquemus asymmetric tailoring was presented in a palette of earthy tones and luscious silks and leathers. Probably one of the best selection of earrings that we’ve seen go down the catwalk in while? We can’t wait to get our hands on the single multi-hoop earring – it goes with everything. As with previous seasons, the bag offering at Jacquemus was pretty great. From teeny-tiny handbags to bigger holdalls, there was a bag to suit every style. Basically, we want it to be Autumn already so we can get it all!

 

Givenchy

 

Givenchy joined the faux-fur movement this season, and we are here for it. The first four looks were statement fur coats, and fur was seen throughout the show. The fact that no animals were hurt in the making of them? A big added bonus. Waight-Keller was dressing powerful women in these clothes – houndstooth overcoats and suiting were key, especially when paired with chunky black leather. This collection wasn’t just for the ladies, and men walked the runway in similar, belted silhouettes. If you’re feeling brave, head out at night in the sheer red lace slip dress…I think we’ll be wearing ours over tights. Citing the Berlin 80s club scene as her inspiration for this dark collection, it was clear that Waight-Keller has truly left the Chloé girl behind. 

 

 

All image credit Vogue.com


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