Paris Fashion Week 2020: Best moments from the runway


Paris Fashion Week 2020: Best moments from the runway

A magnificent end to the fashion month

By Shree Vrinda  September 30th, 2019

From Celine hitting it out of the park with a ’70s-inspired collection to Virgil Abloh‘s iconic Meteor Strike show highlighting the power of women, Paris Fashion Week has been full of surprises this season. Read on for all the breakthrough moments from the biggest fashion event of the year:

Dior: Paris Fashion Week got off to a scenic and sustainable start with the Dior show, which was staged in a temporary grove comprising 164 trees. Using so many trees for a 10-minute fashion show might not sound like the most eco-friendly of measures, but the fashion house vowed to re-plant each of them in sustainability projects around Paris.

YSL: Campbell returned to PFW as she closed the Saint Laurent Spring ‘20 show, walking down a long runway that overlooked the Eiffel Tower. The OG supermodel wore a black sequined blazer jacket and matching pants—a take on the brand’s iconic smoking suit.

Balmain presented Hello Kitty bags for men: Models arrived carrying bags (in white, pink and black) featuring a sportswear style silhouette along with retro accents. Hello Kitty’s whiskers had been replaced with black laces on the side, and her iconic red bow had been stitched onto each of the colourways for extra flare. 

Issey Miyake: What says Paris Fashion Week better than a flurry of dresses gliding down from the ceiling and sliding onto the bodies of waiting models? Japanese brand Issey Miyake—known for its cutting-edge innovations in couture, took fashion shows to otherworldly levels. During the brand’s display at PFW, dresses floated down onto models wearing skin-coloured undergarments, clothing them in one swift motion. Think Alice in Wonderland meets luxury, but chicer.

Indian designers won the fashion crowds in Paris: With ace couturiers like Rahul Mishra X Zoya Jewels, Manish Arora and Zara Umrigar, India was well represented on the French runway. While Zara Umrigar stuck with its signature ultra-glam evening gowns, Rahul Mishra presented a floral and feminine collection and Manish Arora displayed its trademark brand of spunky colours and crazy beauty looks.

Vivienne Westwood: Leave it to Vivienne Westwood to bring the drama. There were avant-garde dresses with cut and paste strips of fabric, deconstructed sport suits for a touch of prep, and of course, plenty of volume—be it in the brimming gowns or over-the-top hats.

International actors turned models for L'Oreal: One of the most fun shows of PFW was the third annual L’Oreal Paris runway show. Global actors and L'Oreal ambassadors like Helen Mirren, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Eva Longoria, Camila Cabello came together to wow the Parisian crowds. The show also included iconic looks from major designers like Balmain, Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli, Koché and more.

Altuzarra: Crochet knit dresses brought beach-y vibes to an otherwise tailored collection with pops of sunset hues. Blazers were worn with nothing underneath, attached only by a gold chain at the front. The polka dot dresses and caped coats though were the stars of the show.

Hermes: The house of relaxed luxury offered simple silhouettes in refined leather panels, pleats and subtle windowpane checks that came in tan, salmon and lemon hues. But the new shapes of bags were the accessories du jour, featuring double arm cuffs, soft leather box bags and oversized hobo bags.

Ralph and Russo: With sharply tailored ensembles and ball gowns paired with chunky sneakers, Ralph and Russo brought another round of enchanting glamour to the runway this season.

Balenciaga: Strangeness is what Balenciaga stands for under designer Demna Gvasalia. There were many strange yet fabulous things about Balenciaga’s catwalk in Paris: The inflatable puffer jackets, which swelled high above the shoulders to give models the silhouette of Gru from Despicable Me, the lurid blue stage set inspired by the European parliament, and credit cards worn as earrings.

Mugler: Bella Hadid looked super fit in a racy body stocking as she led a legion of lingerie-clad models at the Mugler show. The geometry of the look—its square shoulders and softly ribbed corset-shape midriff—was signature to Mugler. The collection towed the line between sharp tailoring in shoulders and contrasts of feminine fluidity via silk gowns with flashes of bright colour.

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