Paris Fashion Week 2017
Paris is always the perfect finale to a month's worth of bustling and busy fashion shows. Whatever conversations that emerged over the course of New York, London and Milan's Fashion Weeks always seem to come full circle in the Paris collections, which distill the topic or trend du jour through the lens of the ever-imitable French sense of style.
Dries van Noten
Dries van Noten cast over fifty women to walk in his 100th show, selecting an array of models and friends to help embody his colorful, kaleidoscopic vision. The collection was indeed a celebration of the designer's talents, capitalizing on an enviable color palette and an endless series of mesmerizing patterns that only seemed to continue to build off of one another.
Rochas masters sleek, French dressing like few others can. An array of pastels, soft grays and russet oranges, offset by the occasional bejeweled Rochas "R" pin or shoe buckle, imbued the collection with an undeniable air of sophistication. From minimalist suiting looks to expertly tailored frocks with the just right amount of girlish charm, Rochas expertly encompassed all aspects of the way modern women want to dress today.
Acne has helped dress the designated cool girl in fashion circles since long before cult-favorite brands like Off White or Vetements arrived on the scene. This season, the brand reaffirmed its status as the go-to label for enviable and ahead-of-the-curve style, with androgynous suiting, experimental knitwear and asymmetrical, gemstone-inspired sunglasses that will most definitely be all the rage amongst street style crowds for seasons to come.
At Maison Margiela, John Galliano always seems to master a sense of multiculturally-sourced eclecticism while still retaining an ounce of wearability in his designs. Never one to shy away from showmanship, Galliano once again pushed the boundaries of high fashion, experimenting with deconstructed silhouettes and layering disparate fabrics atop one another to create a fantastical fashion dreamscape for his audience.
Slowly but surely, Maria Grazia Chiuri is coming into her own at the helm of Dior, (thankfully) straying from her roots at Valentino to build a new name for Dior distinct in its aesthetic vision. Her latest collection for the French fashion house was an exploration in deep navies and velvety blacks. Modest silhouettes, sharp suiting, cross-body accessories and the leather berets that topped off each look lent the collection a decidedly militaristic undercurrent.