Paris FW18 and it’s a WRAP!!!
Paris Fashion Week culminated in a flurry of colour, innovation and sartorial style. And then, of course, there was the recognition of the craftwork that goes into creating all the pieces we see on the runways – an imperative part of the process which Paris highlighted in all its glory.
The Reveal Project
The Reveal Project was all about the recognition of these crafts, with its capsule collection from Japanese outerwear brand Tatras featuring traditional kimono designs on ultra-luxe silk jackets.
This craft concept was also seen in Mukzin’s ‘Woman Xia’ Collection which used traditional Uighur embroidery;
and in Litkovskaya’s Kahlo inspired collection with its beautiful leather flower appliqués on corsets.
The Marimekko art of printmaking was celebrated by a collection inspired in the Finnish landscape, utilizing contemporary prints and iconic archive patterns from the 1950’s from their own textile printing mill in Helsinki.
And to top it all off, there was the opening of the Martin Margiela retrospective exhibition at the Palais Galliera, which showcased the Belgian designer’s work from the beginning of his career until 2009.
Margiela at Palais Galliera
With over 130 silhouettes, videos and installations, the exhibition shows how Martin Margiela changed the face of fashion with his conceptual approach and his influential contemporary designs.
Co-ed shows – which were so popular in Milan – were surprising thin on the ground in Paris, but, like in Milan, animal prints really came through and nowhere were they more beautiful than in DROME’s python printed Napa patchwork coats, or the animal print leather patchwork on the alligator print bags at Louis Vuitton.
There was still some room for silk scarves, like the dresses at Celine, post Phoebe Philip and pre Hedi Slimane. Silk popped out from sleeves and dresses at Aalto, where this season’s on trend penchant for split personality pieces were most prevalent on jackets and tops. Butterfly fringing embellished the collection at McQueen and
Kristina Fidelskaya’s incredibly wearable ‘Nuovo Inizio’ collection was all elastic waists and fringing of all sorts.