Fashion and politics have always had a rather tumultuous relationship. Think back to a few years ago when Karl Lagerfeld co-opted feminism, creating a women-only protest on Chanel’s SS15 runway that was slammed for its superficiality. Since Donald Trump’s election, designers in all four fashion capitals have jumped on the political bandwagon.
Guests were greeted with a giant Chanel-branded space shuttle that took over the Grand Palais (and lifted off at the finale), giving a major clue as to the collection’s theme. Images showing space blanket puffa coats and futuristic-printed dresses were also laid out on seats pre-show.
Due to recent events, this season of Fashion Week has been filled with messages of inclusivity, from politics to body image.
Models walk the runway at the Fenty X Puma by Rihanna Autumn Winter 2017 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France. “I’m going to get in trouble,” whispered Cara Delevingne to Nick Jonas.
At Stella McCartney’s fashion show, the famously vegan designer sent 35 models down the catwalk in plaids, checks, and cruelty-free knitwear. There were also horse prints taken from George Stubbs, the famous 18th century British painter. The design details gave way McCartney’s finale, an a capella concert for guests like Salma Hayek and Pamela Anderson.
Nicki Minaj was certainly the centre of attention at the Haider Ackermann Paris Fashion Week show on Saturday. The ‘Anaconda’ rapper opted to rock up to the event with one boob hanging out, in half a Mugler jacket and a metallic Agent Provocateaur pastie covering her nipple. The look immediately drew comparisons to Lil’ Kim’s iconic 1999 MTV Video Music Award outfit, which controversially boasted virtually an identical, and exposing, design. We all know imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, however Lil’ Kim was reportedly not happy about Nicki stealing her look.
Bella Hadid is walking the runway during Paris Fashion Week for some of the biggest designers in the world. And, as is tradition, the 20-year-old model seems to be turning the city into her own personal catwalk, debuting some questionable looks as she makes around the City of Lights. It’s been a tough go for the newly single model. Her recent breakup with Canadian musician, The Weeknd, has made headlines after the “Starboy” singer quickly and very publicly, moved on with pop star, Selena Gomez. Although we don’t feel too bad for the famous model and a member of the most genetically gifted family in the world, could this be an over-correction to her newly single status? Is this the supermodel equivalent of getting a new hair-cut post break-up and hitting the gym? Whatever is going on, one thing’s for sure: Bella wants all of the attention, and she will wear literally anything to get it. Click through the slideshow to see what she’s been wearing in Paris, and let us know what you think by tweeting @ YahooStyleCA .
After seeing the Balmain Fall/Winter 2017 show, we were curious to see how the Parisian fashion house has changed since Olivier Rousteing took the helm in 2011. We recognize Rousteing as the force behind the brand’s embroidered dresses, military style jackets, and intricately beaded garments —but Balmain didn’t always look like this.
More than 150 models were allegedly left to wait in a stairwell with no lights for three hours by casting agents for Balenciaga
Saint Laurent nearly broke the Internet on Tuesday when fashionistas across the globe collectively began obsessing over a pair of silver glittery boots that walked down the French brand’s Fall/Winter 2017 runway during Paris Fashion Week.
John Galliano strikes again with one of his strangest runway shows yet — that just so happens to be one of the most memorable moments of Paris Fashion Week so far. For the designer’s Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2017 show, he had a model walk with an oversized, furry black bag over her head. Not only was the fluffy head accessory not accompanied by a voluminous, Marie Antoinette-esque gown, the complementing look included a mere skin-tight nude tank top and blue jeans. The collection showed significant similarities to Galliano’s earlier Maison Margiela Couture show in January which featured an array of garments that included geometric cut outs and loose, colored threads dangling from coat collars to its buttons.
With only Paris left to go, the AW17 Fashion Weeks are almost over. And though clear-cut trends are still yet to be seen, one colour has been appearing again and again on the runways. Burgundy first popped up in New York at Kanye West’s Yeezy show and has since dominated the collections of Versus, Marc Jacobs and Roksanda. The shade, which references military garb, has been used on a multitude of utility wear as well as more elegant dresses and vinyl pieces.
Plenty of brands have adopted the see now, buy now model first started by industry giant Burberry. In layman’s terms, that means you can buy any look as soon as it’s stepped off the runway. No more waiting for six months until it hits stores. This season, the likes of Topshop Unique, Christopher Kane and Tommy Hilfiger (in collaboration with Gigi Hadid natch) have made their designs available to buy straight away.
When Dolce & Gabbana puts on a show, it doesn’t happen by halves! If you are an influencer, “it” girl, blogger, or the offspring of a housewife or actress and did not walk the Dolce & Gabbana show on Sunday in Milan, then I’m afraid you are not that major.
Marc Jacobs’ AW17 show was one of the most diverse in New York. The Fashion Spot‘s biannual diversity report has just been released, revealing what really happened on the AW17 New York runways. Overall, 31.5% of model castings featured non-white models which is an increase (albeit a small one) compared to last season.
Kendall Jenner walks the Moschino Fall/Winter 2017 show in Milan on Feb. 23. Carrie Bradshaw had put a bird on her head, but Kendall Jenner just beat her: She opened the Moschino show wearing a UPS crate as a hat.
Just days after making her debut on the Yeezy runway, Halima Aden is booking major gigs at Milan Fashion Week. On Wednesday, the 19-year-old breakout star walked in Alberta Ferretti and Thursday morning she lead the pack during the Max Mara finale wearing an impeccable camel coat and a hijab that perfectly matched. Halima Aden walks the runway at the Max Mara show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/18 on February 23, 2017 in Milan, Italy.
Another season of London Fashion Week has come to an end. While some designers have rejected the seasonal concept altogether, others have fully stuck to the autumn/winter vibe. Plenty of trends emerged; some wearable, a few much less so. America’s current plight proved to be a huge inspiration for many brands with cowboys and stars and stripes appearing on the catwalks multiple times.
Bursting with fantastic collections from the likes of House of Holland, Molly Goddard and Mulberry, London Fashion Week AW17 had a lot going for it. Here's everything that happened.