Paris Fashion Week

Earlier this year I attended fashion week for ready to wear in Paris. This year I headed straight from the plane to front row of the runway. 

The overarching theme was the blurred line between casual and dressy with sneakers infiltrating urbane day wear to elegant chic. The trainer has become a commodity in and of itself. 

Oversized, puffer jackets have also taken on a world of their own, popping up at Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and Marimekko and repeatedly off the runway on the streets modelled by ‘real people’. This “oversized, wrap me up” trend seems to buffer our tumultuous times. Models at Chloe walked with oversized woollen blankets draped over their arms.

It appears brands are needing to restate their authority for the 2017 collection. Outside the formal Dior show, selected attendees were positioned on the street with Dior branded shoes, shoulder straps and large gold brass logos on bags. The “show” outside seems just as much an investment as outside, focused on the waiting global social media voice. 

The underlying trend of Fashion Week this year seems to me to reflect the need to feel contained and to reflect that ‘containment’ as a style.

Lalita Lowe                                                                                                                                     Personal Fashion Curator