Our fashion features editor Hannah Rochell on the hottest news from Paris Fashion Week
The Eighties are back!
Just when you’d got used to the Nineties being the decade to look back to for sartorial inspiration, it’s time to set your wardrobe clock back another ten years (and maybe invest in a Casio digital watch while you’re at it #details). At Louis Vuitton (below) there were pixie boots and at Kenzo plenty of power shoulders, not to mention the red angular eye-make-up at both shows, the likes of which we haven’t seen since an episode of Dynasty circa 1986. Considering the Eighties vibes at Ellery and at Topshop back in London too, this is a trend that will be hitting a high street near you really soon. Just add a perm.
New designer central
The creative director fashion merry-go-round might finally be coming to a halt, with new designers at the helm of three of the biggest brands at Paris Fashion Week. Anthony Vaccarello put the Yves back into Saint Laurent, Bouchra Jarrar debuted at Lanvin, and Maria Grazia Chiuri – formally one half of the design team at Valentino – became the first female creative director at Dior in its 70-year history. Her collection was inspired by the sport of fencing, and we loved the strappy white waistcoats and lace-up boots that came with it.
Stella’s dancing models
We’ve been to a few shows were the models are made to dance and to be honest, it never really works out that well. The girls either forget the choreography (because, you know, they turned up to walk rather than waltz) or they look really embarrassed doing it. Not so at Stella McCartney’s show this week; the Brit designer managed to get her models to dance in time and look like they were having the best fun to boot. What better way to banish the Monday morning blues?
We’ve never had so much content for our Instagram Stories, thanks to the many and varied photo opportunities brands thoughtfully laid on for us. There were Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanelbots, Kenzo’s living statues (below: they freaked us out a bit TBH) and Paul and Joe’s fantastic river catwalk on the banks of the Seine. Frankly though, nothing beats a beaut shot of the Eiffel Tower. Paris, you really spoiled us.
Miu Miu’s Retro Beach Party
The Miu Miu show is always the last one before Planet Fashion dashes to make the Eurostar home, but it’s always worth staying for, and Miuccia Prada’s SS17 collection didn’t disappoint. Pairing retro printed sheepskin robes with floral swimming hats like your granny used to wear and gingham headscarves, it was a celebration of Fifties seaside pin-ups. There were even a few towels with arm holes worn as sort of drapy cardigans and frankly, we’re all over that idea for our next beach holiday.