Paris Fashion Week concluded fashion month of the Fall 2020 ready-to-wear season, where Paris showcased collections by some of the biggest designer names in the industry. From Balmain to Christian Dior, there were over 80 shows packed into this week, and VALLEY is here to share some of the highlights.
Nicholas Ghesquière, the creative director of Louis Vuitton and the brain behind the newest collection presented what seemed to be inspired by past eras in time — but through a modern and futuristic lens.
Many of the outfits seen on the runway clashed different pieces together to create contractions.
As seen above, many bomber jackets were seen paired over dresses and pantsuits, creating an interesting and contemporary look.
The soundtrack to the show was performed live by a 200-person chorus, all dressed by costume designer Milena Canonero in styles ranging from the 15th century to the 1950s. The soundtrack was composed by Woodkid and Bryce Dessner and was taken from the contemporary work of Bach Nicolas de Grigny, according to Business of Fashion.
Miu Miu’s Fall 2020 ready-to-wear collection was youthful, fun, and incorporated a major glamour factor.
The name of the collection was ‘Toying With Elegance,’ and creative director Miuccia Prada brought out chic freshness and the pure joy of dressing up — with inspo from past decades, as well.
The show opened with this orange crushed-satin dress with a grey tweed overcoat, modeled by 16-year-old “Euphoria” actress Storm Reid, who wore braids styled in a 40s updo.
The Balenciaga show was quite dark, with a biblical apocalyptic theme throughout the collection.
Some models were seen wearing red or black contact lenses, as well as prostheses to distort their faces as they walked on top of water under a sky filled with fire.
According to Vogue, creative director Demna Gvasalia says he was influenced by his own Orthodox religious upbringing and religion in general when researching for this collection.
“…I remember looking at all these young priests and monks, wearing these long robes and thinking, ‘How beautiful.’ You see them around Europe with their beards, hair knotted back and backpacks. I don’t know, I find it quite hot — but that’s my fetish,” Gvasalia says.
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Creative director Rei Kawakubo created a collection that was unique and over-the-top. Models showcased large, bright headpieces and various structures of clothing.
Kawakubo wanted to create a collection with no ties to things such as politics, or the outside world in general.
According to Vogue, Kawakubo rhetorically asked in an email post-show, “Is it impossible to make something completely and utterly new, since we are all living in this world?” From looking at her collection, VALLEY thinks she created something truly idiosyncratic.
“Restorative” was one of words that John Galliano, creative director of the house of Maison Margiela, used to describe the newest collection.
Galliano has studying vintage pieces intensively and uses such pieces to breathe a new life into them and create new designs. He also works to give them a new structure, often “frame-freezing,” meaning that he stops in a moment — creating a work in progress.
The collection had a notably unique color scheme, pairing colors that would normally clash but seemed to mend together in a fresh and beautiful way.