After a month-long run of shows, Paris Fashion Week draws the Fall 2017 runway season to a close. Concluding with some of the biggest names in the industry, designers showcased a host of bold performances and key inspirational concepts.
Chanel Rocket Launch
The Chanel show took attendees out of this world, greeting guests as they entered the Grand Palais in Paris with a gigantic rocket placed right in the middle of the catwalk. After the show ended, the rocket ‘took off’ in a mesmerizing haze of smoke, creating an other-worldly experience in the heart of Paris.
Clare Waight Keller’s final collection for Chloé
Clare Waight Keller, the Creative Director of Paris Fashion House Chloé showed her final collection before she leaves the brand after five and half years at the helm. She has been a formidable piece in Chloé’s history, producing phenomenal designs and iconic accessories. There are reports that she is in talks to join Givenchy – keep your eyes peeled on our blog for news on this development!
Fenty x Puma – Back to School (Fenty University)
Rihanna previewed her latest Fenty x Puma collaborative collection at Paris Fashion Week, taking over the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. She created a studious surround to stage her latest collection and ended the show with exam papers flung over the venue’s balconies, creating a lasting memory of the show and becoming one of the most hyped shows of PFW!
Stella McCartney George Michael Tribute
Fashion Designer Stella McCartney paid a heart-warming tribute to the late George Michael at the end of her show. Models were seen dancing down the catwalk to a soundtrack called, “Faith! Love!” (a remix of George Michael’s “Faith” and the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”) to bring a great sense of energy to the end of the event and paying a great tribute to the much-loved George Michael.
Celine Staging Circles
In a dizzying excitement, showgoers at the Celine show were slowly rotated in their seats as models walked-by in a perfectly timed stance, ensuring that not one look would be missed as it passed by. Before the show even began (or extending the confines of the conventional fashion show), models were lined up behind a backlit screen as they finished being ‘made-up’ for the presentation, drawing a subtle focus towards Celine’s signature focus of the beauty of a silhouette and presenting a transfixing show of real-life shadow puppetry.
Continue reading for some of Trendstop’s key Paris Fashion Week highlights and inspirations…
Modernist blockings are executed in abstract formations as Jonny Johansson centres this season’s Acne Studios show around refined, silhouette-conscious layering. Offering roughly-stitched shapes in creamy pastel colourways, understated angles are poised against a dark inky backdrop.
Artist reference: Scheltens & Abbenes
The Contortionist Explorer
For Fall 2017 Balenciaga retreats to the raw harshness of the great outdoors, introducing contortioned silhouettes with practical purpose.
Artist reference: Carson Gilliland
Urban Emerald Comforts
A bold pop of emerald green introduces a fresh organic feel to Celine’s Fall 2017 collection. Sending models down the runway clutching super-spongy, oversized blankets, Philo outlines the perfect aesthetic for a mid-winter picnic out in the urban jungle.
Artist reference: Izaac Enciso
Drawing on the eclectic folk-tales of pagan landscapes in Cornwall, the Alexander McQueen show adorned tapestry dresses with a hand-crafted aesthetic of placement embroidery patterns. Long, colourful strings of yarn hung from designs to lend a beautifully un-done finish.
Artist reference: Faig Ahmed
Y Project reinvigorates sportswear silhouettes through airy transparencies. This clouded performance material has a super smooth touch, modernised with a sleek, matte finish. The translucent quality allows for soft definition when gathered, playing with depth and density in double weight panels.
Artist reference: Ian Kiaer
Suctioned in Leather
Once again Saint Laurent re-invents its leather signature by suctioning lustrously sheen surfaces around the female form. Utilising frills and gathering, a new femininity is highlighted through softened and manipulated silhouettes.
Artist reference: Adult Art Club
Luis Buchinho adapts a new form of origami through his Fall collection. Softly structured shapes envelop the body, creating fluid edges and free-flowing folds. The sharp red shade creates a strong statement against the cool setting of the show.
Artist reference: Angela de la Cruz
Denim inspires Christian Dior to experiment with indigo blends as ultra soft finishes imitate denim workwear and nod to the recent influx of comfort dressing.
Artist reference: Grear Patterson
For his 100th catwalk show, Dries Van Noten reinstated the original models that walked his first show back in 1992. The result saw an array of familiar faces, happy and comfortable in their clothes, with garments adorned in archive prints with graphic geometric overlays.
Artist reference: PMMT