Paris Fashion Week Archive

Forever Rykiel

PARIS, France — Julie de Libran finished work on her spring collection in July, so the news of Sonia Rykiel’s death on August 25 required a re-conceptualisation not of the collection but of its presentation. Sonia’s shows were notable for their chatty Parisiennes gabbing their way down the catwalk, not like the frosty mannequins on other runways. De Libran couldn’t quite swing that groove (the fraught youngsters de nos jours don’t do catwalk …

This Is Olivia Palermo's Boldest Collection of Fashion Week Outfits to Date

It’s not a surprise that Olivia Palermo turns up in the front row at Fashion Week looking impossibly chic; it’s become more routine each season. We expect a stellar showing of outfits from the style setter, and that’s exactly what we get, with Olivia working over time to give us multiple looks in a single day (as she jets from show to show), adding up …

Female Empowerment in Paris

PARIS, France — All of a sudden, in Paris, it was 1968, 1977 or whatever year in recent history coincided with an outburst of protest and a moment of change. Sort of. It was, of course, mostly a mise en scène. These being our digitally superficial times and this being designer fashion — an exercise in turning the basic human need to cover up into a desirable …

Vejas SS17 Was Designed by a 19-Year-Old and It’s Too Sick

Canadian designer Vejas Kruszewski is only 19 years old, but he’s managed to neatly catapult himself into #goals status by showing collections at both New York and Paris’s fashion weeks. What’s more, he’s entirely self taught and just won €150,000 and a year’s mentorship under the LVMH prize. For his envy-inducing debut in Paris, Vejas scoured the internet for some archival dressmaking patterns, then sliced women’s and men’s …

Kenzo Reminisces the Glory Days of ’70s Disco for SS17 Collection

Tacking onto our influx of content from Paris Fashion Week is Kenzo’s SS17 collection. While guys like Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton went HAM on ’80s sartorial motifs this season, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon looked to the decade prior, reminiscing upon the glory days of thriving at ’70s disco clubs. While sifting through the brand’s expansive archives for inspiration, the designers settled on one of Kenzo Takada’s more memorable …

Louis Vuitton luxury goes futuristic at Paris fashion week

The Place Vendôme, like Louis Vuitton, is a monumental triumph of French luxury branding. The grandest square in Paris – which is not square but octagonal, faceted like a diamond so the rows of tall symmetrical windows reflect the maximum amount of sunlight – is an illusion. The Place Vendôme is a facade, a 300-year-old shopfront, behind which the owner of each plot is free …

Stella McCartney Turned the Classic Button-Down Upside Down and All Around

If there’s one thing Stella McCartney has perfected, it is the art of the slouch. So when we say she sent button-downs, track suits, and denim down her Spring runway, don’t expect the ordinary. Stella did it her way, which starts with eco-friendly production. This season’s suede, jersey, and woven fabrics are organic, and you’d know it by looking at them since they’re printed with …

Celtic Legend at Alexander McQueen

PARIS, France — Credit photographer Jamie Hawkesworth. He went to the Shetland Islands, off the north eastern coast of Scotland, to shoot a McQueen campaign, and designer Sarah Burton followed along with her team. And there they fell under the spell of the last whisper of land before the United Kingdom dissolves into the North Sea. It was a location made for a McQueen story: rugged, primal …