After a month-long of fashion events, the SS19 fashion week season is coming to an end very soon. Paris has been the centre of attention right now, being the final stop of the most celebrated fashion event of the year. While Alexander McQueen is all set to show tonight, fashion enthusiasts have already raked their favourites from the Spring/Summer 2019 looks. Just for Paris Fashion Week alone, we’ve narrowed it down to four brands that have stood out the most so far — setting the tone for the next season in romance, fantasy, rigour and a celebration of colours.
Perhaps after the slightly disappointing lack of novelty from Hedi Slimane in his big debut for Celine — which referenced a lot from his YSL days — there is a glimpse of light from other designers who are putting their glorious aesthetics at the forefront.
Maria Grazia Chiuri kicked off Paris Fashion Week SS19 with a dreamy ballerina-esque collection for Dior, taking the art of dance as a source of inspiration of her ultra-feminine repertoire. Gucci on the other hand (not surprising) presented a theatrical show that highlighted a new wave of accessories, shoes and bags for the next season.
Read on for more highlights from Paris Fashion Week SS19.
Dance is often used as a source of inspiration. Its choreographed yet graceful movements are usually accompanied by flowy silhouettes. But for Dior, it’s also a new wave of textures and drapes; a different approach from the brand’s signature silhouettes of corsets, underwires and bodices. Instead, spaghetti strap tank tops and loose oversized pieces replace Churi’s signature designs of form-fitting silhouettes. “I wanted to speak about dance with a different point of view,” says Maria Grazia Chiuri backstage. Christian Dior’s Spring 2019 collection was held at the Longchamp Racecourse but turned into a forest-like setting with falling leaves and flowers.
With the lines between womenswear and menswear becoming more and more blurred after every season, Givenchy further contributes to that revolution with their Spring 2019 collection filled with tuxedos, boxy cut pants, cut-outs and masculine dresses that are inspired by the 1930s. This comes after Clare Waight Keller’s big wedding dress debut at the Royal Wedding and it definitely does not disappoint.
The Hermès Spring 2019 collection took place at the Hippodrome de Longchamp — similar to Dior’s but a world’s difference from their dark forest-like setting. The French fashion house’s theme this season is on a borderline between land and sea; maritime and equine; beachcombing or horse-riding, with a neutral colour palette that is predominately brown — a signature of the Maison since its early days of leather saddlery. We love the clean silhouettes with minimal accessories, some sporting nautical references such as rope detailing, eyelets and boating knots. But one thing that is evident throughout the entire collection is Hermès’ signature leatherwork in multiple shapes and forms.
Gucci went on a slight detour for this season’s show. Instead of Milan, the brand decided to showcase their Spring 2019 collection during Paris Fashion Week at the iconic Le Palace theatre. And to really immerse into the Parisian spirit, Gucci had Jane Birkin herself to perform. No fake heads nor dragons this time around as this season’s collection features a mashup of cultures and decades from the 1930s right to the eighties. We see French influences in there, Gucci’s original Italian roots and even some American references with their collaboration with Disney. Accessories take precedence as Alessandro Michele put together some of the most intriguing novelty pieces on the runway.