Fall Fashion Week concluded in Paris on October 3. This city seems like the most appropriate stopping point for the month-long fashion festival, as it houses some of the biggest names in the industry and has done so for years. Despite the incredible clothing of the week, perhaps Paris’ most impressive features were the venues and atmosphere.
Chanel is always one of my favorite shows, and their Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear line did not disappoint. The show was held inside the Grand Palais, and mirrored the waterfall canyons of the Gorges du Verdon in the South of France, complete with a breeze and water droplets in the air. Rather than the rubber rain boots we commoners don for a boat ride through a humid canyon, models paired the signature tweed pieces with knee-high boots and capes. Audience members were given plastic ponchos with “CHANEL” across the back. Kaia Gerber opened the show, moving upwards in status from the “Girl to Watch” to a full-fledged model of the moment.
Breathtaking is the only word worthy of describing the scene at the Saint Laurent Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear show. In possibly the most “classic” Parisian way, the event took place in open air, the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the background. The collection’s looks ranged from over-the-top ostrich feathers to sleek jumpsuits and rompers that the everyday 20-something could rock. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves- I’m a huge fan.
Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection stood out to me because it didn’t necessarily stand out. I know, but hear me out—in a sea of elaborate, overstated, hyper-glamorous Ready-to-Wear lines, this one seemed like one that was actually ready for the common person to wear on a typical day. While I didn’t love every piece, I liked a lot of them and the way he mixed soft florals and elaborate prints. The collection as a whole has a peasantry vibe in my opinion, with a few pieces looking a little too old-fashioned for my liking. But I did still like the collection. Can I wear Look 43 every day? Please?!
Honorable Mention—Thom Browne
While Thom Browne’s Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear line wasn’t one of my favorites of the week, I would be remiss to not mention this in my Paris Fashion Week 2018 recap. The atmosphere of the show is the most noteworthy, taking place at the Hôtel de Ville. Men in corsets and heels greeted guests as they arrived, handing out favors of magic wands and pixie dust. This ethereal under the sea meets unicorn fairytale affair was exactly what you’d imagine a five-year-old girl’s Disney-charged dreams to look like. I mean, just look at that unicorn?!
Aaaaaand that’s a wrap, folks. Fall Fashion Week 2018 was one for the books, and it was so fun to recap it all (despite the hard decisions of which shows to feature!). If you’re interested in checking out all the goodness Fall Fashion Week had to offer, head over to Vogue’s archives, where they keep extensive records and coverage of all the shows around the world—definitely a good type of binge!