Before calling us, yes, this story will make you want a Croissant.
The celebrity-style set are on the final leg of their month-long transatlantic tour, arriving in Paris to round out the end of the month. Time really flies when you’re having fun.
Paris Fashion Week may be the latest stop on the proverbial high-style map, but just when you thought our favorite international designers in New York, London and Milan had showcased every conceivable iteration of spring/summer womenswear. summer, the French arrived.
French fashion has long been the aesthetic of the day that designers try to emulate with its sultry style and effortless elegance. This season is no different.
Reigning king of sexy evening wear Anthony Vaccarello took us to the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a star-studded Saint Laurent collection that recontextualized ’80s silhouettes with a modern twist.
From second-skin briefs and coveted leather jackets to Grace Jones-inspired hoods and structured shoulder pads, Vaccarello continues to offer a fresh take on bodywear.
Across the Seine, Dior gave an autobiographical response to the upcoming season by sartorially exalting the house’s artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, as she examined the story of a 16th-century Italian aristocrat who worked in fashion in Paris. The metaphor does not escape us.
Typical MGC-isms, seen in detailed embroidery on a puffy evening dress, are contrasted and humbled by a more wearable approach to spring fashion, seen here in a beige tank top and classic blue denim pants.
Of course, that’s not to mention the upcoming shows that will no doubt serve as an epic finale to this season’s runway presentations. With Australian darling Zimmermann and Victoria Beckham’s eponymous label making their Paris Fashion Week debut, not to mention Miu Miu, LOEWE, Valentino and more making their triumphant return to the catwalks, it’s a week you won’t want to sleep.
Below is our edit of the best moments from Paris Fashion Week SS23 (so far).
Saint Laurent continues to dominate the high fashion glamor game with an 80s-inspired collection
Is it possible to already have a week-long favorite collection that is just beginning?
Sure, it’s like picking a favorite child (meaning there’s sure to be more than one), but Anthony Vaccarello is already on the mind for us.
We don’t know how he dominated last season’s collection, but he managed to do it again, proving there really is no replacement for the classics.
Synonymous with its avant-garde approach to body-conscious design, Saint Laurent posed the blueprint for the summer sartorial formula here: a bodycon dress with a gathered hood paired with a cropped leather aviator-style jacket.
Big shoulders. Bold beauty. Perfectly polished.
Dior returns to the 15th century to cement its future
An Italian in Paris may sound like a riff on Sex And The City’s iconic season finale, but for Maria Grazia Chiuri, it’s her modus operandi.
And after five years in the luxury French house, it seems only now that MGC is comfortable exploring this dichotomy and tension between these two European styles.
Dior’s classic cinched waist was juxtaposed with voluminous petticoats evoking a Renaissance courtroom.
Maybe MCG watched Dragon Housebecause those looks are fire.
Botter’s Latex-Inspired Accessory is a Refreshing Take on the Pandemic Band-Aid
How soon will designers start to subvert the tropes of pandemic dressing in their collections?
For Dutch menswear brand Botter, they responded with an answer that will strike a chord with any The Smiths fan: how soon now.
As COVID-19 has seen the rise of protective clothing like gloves and our hands in the spotlight to combat the spread of the virus, Botter recontextualizes what a latex glove looks like by wrapping models’ hands in a tank aquatic-inspired miniature.
Not practical at all, but that’s Parisian fashion for you.