Art in Paris

 

It is Paris Fashion week, again. And as most of the fashion editors are reviewing the shows, we decided to take a look at the art of the show. It isn’t a surprise that huge teams are assembled to make a show happen, but we forget that the set designers of runway shows deserve a lot of credit. The set designers, and art department help curate the entire runway, the invitations and help carry out the designer’s overall aesthetic and mood of the show. This season came in full force, and it reminded us of the yesteryears of couture, when John Galliano really did put on shows. The much anticipated Chanel show at the Grand Palais really did put set design on a new level. Lagerfeld built and entire Chanel Super Market, branding everything from eggs, to soda and pasta. After Chanel’s fail at the rodeo, Lagerfeld spared no expense. With celebirty model Cara Delevingne closing out the show, and Kendall Jenner walking, and with Rihanna shopping with top model Jourdan Dunn, Chanel really did make the front pages of every publication.

Another show that put a lot of work into the runway is Alexander McQueen. Designer Sarah Burton’s inspiration of this icy forrest scape, meets Wednesday Addams, meets Wiccan House on the Prairie, Burton helped capture a grim fairytale like quality on the runway.

 

On the runway, Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton, was kind of underwhelming. The former designer at Balenciaga, paid tribute to what was Louis Vuitton, but completely strayed away from the empire that Marc Jacobs had built. Needless to say, it was kind of a letdown, especially since we all stayed up till 2 AM to watch the live broadcast.

New comer Zadig and Voltaire put on a stunning show with bright lights and asphalt piles. Their show looked more expensive than Louis Vuitton’s in our opinion. 

 

Finally, it seems that Hermes is finally stepping back up their game. As PFW was replaced as the best of the shows by MILAN, Hermes is slowly making its come back after a 6 season letdown. Their runway show incorporated burlap strips. Maybe a texture grip for the shoes? Better than Dior's sneakers, right?

The last to mention is Giambatista Valli, who once again put on another stunning show that bordered couture. With minamalistic structure, but gorgeous prints and textiles he created a simplistic but rather modern take on womenswear, refreshing. His runway was a white shag rug that really was plush, and was a great texture to add against the silk.