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.
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.
Vivienne Westwood walked in her own fashion show, because she is a Dame of the British Empire, a counter culture legend, and 75 years old. Among those who cheered her on were Rita Ora (“I’m obsessed with her because I’m obsessed with punk, and she basically made punk happen”) and Pamela Anderson, a longtime friend of the fellow fashion activist. “We actually met because we were both petitioning for [political prisoner] Leonard Pelletier’s clemency,” Anderson told us before the show.
“I’ve always thought of runway shows as contemporary ceremonies,” Owens says, referencing religious cultures like Ancient Egypt (for the giant animal ears), Greek Orthodoxy (for the priest hats). “I always say, if I didn’t wear me, I’d wear Rick,” Karan told us from the front row.
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.
As models like Candice Huffine and Ashley Graham hit the Prabal Gurung catwalk, they represent the beauty (and purchasing power!) of larger-size women. A celebration of his 100th fashion show (!), the Belgian designer remixed his most memorable prints, then sent former muses such as Kirsten Owen (age 46), Carolyn Murphy (age 42), Liya Kebede (age 39), and Kristina de Coninck, a favorite from his very first show in the ’80s.
H&M has great clothes, gratifying prices, and a nifty line of makeup. They’ve also got a tabloid strategy…at least if their Paris fashion show on March 1st is any indication.
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.
The AW17 season has kicked off. The A-listers were out in full force for New York and London Fashion Week and now it’s Paris’ turn.
A new fashion month is almost upon us, leaving everyone to wonder what newsworthy moments there will be. Will anything top the supermodel falls or the celebrity appearances that have come in years before? We’ll just have to wait and see. Until then, here’s fashion history’s most shocking moments featuring genitalia, cream pies and hospital trips. 56 designers share their Fall 2017 show inspirations Kanye West reschedules Yeezy show after backlas
Halloween make-up probably isn’t something you would associate with Paris Fashion Week. But often, those over-the-top designs you see on the runway are paired with avant-garde eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick that look like they came straight out of a cult classic horror flick. From the black-and-white face paint at Aganovich that resembled tire marks, to the rainbow-colored eyelids at Manish Arora, here are 31 Paris Fashion Week runway looks that would be even better as Halloween make-up.
Having a woman in the top position of a fashion house is always a top talking point and Maria Grazia Chiuri’s appointment to Dior was no different. As always, the female body was a central point but Chiuri spoke the word ‘feminism’ loud and clear.
[Photo: Instagram/elleusa] “I imagined Marie Antoinette at the gym,” noted Rihanna before her second Fenty x Puma collection took to the grand runway. As the internet went mad yet again, here’s everything you need to know about RiRi’s latest fashion foray. [Photo: Instagram/bat_gio] The Scene: Rihanna wanted the show to be in Paris so to Paris (or PaRih) it went. Held in the elaborate Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, attendees were greeted with champagne and led down a maze of rooms to their seats.
Logo mania [Photo: Instagram/alastairmckimm] Last night saw the revamp of Saint Laurent with new creative director Anthony Vaccarello at the helm. “I know I can’t please everyone. But neither could Yves,” said Vaccarello. This collection, however, seemed to please more than Hedi Slimane’s heavily criticised designs.