Everything You Missed at Paris Fashion Week
We've made it: the marathon that is fashion month is finally at its end. Paris closes the festivities, so we’ve picked out the best moments so you’re completely up to speed with all that SS16 had to offer.
After a protest and a shopping mall, all eyes were on Chanel and what Karl Lagerfeld would do next. His vision was to transform the Grand Palais into an airport, complete with departure boards listing past Chanel show locations (like Seoul and Salzburg). Models wheeled suitcases down the runway, and Lagerfeld closed the show accompanied by the ever-present Cara Delevingne and his godson Hudson Kroenig who was dressed as a mini pilot. Adorable.
Dior held their presentation in a custom-built construction in the Louvre. Raf Simons is not one to do things by halves, and the creation was a giant flower covered dome.
Whilst perhaps not as luxurious as Chanel or Dior, Vetements held their SS16 show in a dodgy looking Chinese restaurant. The venue had a gritty feel to match the look of their clothes, and Kanye even made an appearance on the front row.
Valentino’s collection received a standing ovation at the end, as it was undeniably beautiful. However the creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have since got into hot water with accusations of cultural appropriation. The show was inspired by ‘wild, tribal Africa,’ but of the 91 looks, only 10 were walked by black models. Fashion editors have found themselves in a dilemma - the collection was gorgeous, but was it appropriate? Jo Ellison of the FT gives her take here, and you can read the Huffington Post's round-up of the Twitter response here. However, Lisa Armstrong doesn't think the maison is guilty of cultural appropriation, thinking that it is no worse than Saint Laurent's take on Glastonbury glamping.
Whilst Saint Laurent’s grunge glam tiaras became an instant Instagram favourite, Rick Owens stole the show with his human backpacks. Women carried other models upside down, strapped onto them with silk ribbons. Never one far from controversy (his FW15 menswear show had male models walk the runway sans-trousers and underwear), Owens has been accused of plagiarism from the photograph of Leigh Bowery carrying his wife in a similar position with straps. However, Owens has since cleared up the drama in an interview with The New York Times, saying there was no secret to his inspiration and he 'totally ripped him off.'
Best front row outfit:
Rihanna almost upstaged the models at the Dior show by arriving in a peach coloured cape and patent leather boots from their AW15 collection.
For Chalayan's finale, models stood underneath showers and the water disintegrated their white tissue shirts to reveal Swarovski encrusted dresses. Hussein Chalayan's collection was inspired by Cuba, and Wonderland suggests that the stunt was a political comment on the country: a symbol of the plain and military-style transforming into something altogether more luxurious.
Now we can all relax, that is until next February...
Text by Prudence Wade