Chanel, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton closed Paris Fashion Week with a bang—to say the least
Who: Front row faces include Keira Knightley, Carla Bruni, Marc Jacobs, Peter Marino, Liu Wen, Jay Chou and wife, Hannah Quinlivan
Where: The Grand Palais, as per usual. This time transformed into a forest beneath the nave, with real trees, and the floor covered with autumn leaves and moss.
What: It being the largest show during Paris Fashion Week (in terms of number of guests), the Chanel show is always such a spectacle with showgoers (ie. customers) dressed in their Chanel best. That clear PVC raincoat from SS18 you saw in the window? Already on a few ladies' backs at the show.
The Low-down: Each season, the Chanel invite offers a clue as to what to expect at the show. For AW18, the invite featured a red maple leaf, and by literal interpretation of 'Autumn/Winter', Karl Lagerfeld turned the Grand Palais into a forest filled with a slew of desirable looks, perfect for a stroll through the forest, and more. Particularly delightful were the oversized outerwear pieces with slightly exaggerated shoulder, tuxedo jackets transformed into dresses with oversized lapels that ended either at mid-thigh or grazing the ankles, cosy-looking knitted capes, and fabulous faur fur short jackets. Between the more generous-cut, and the bright colour pops throughout, there was something fresh, and vibrant in this new collection—perhaps it's also that Autumn/Winter is the season of change, and Lagerfeld is looking at the clothes through a renewed lens. "Chanel, it's life itself, clothes that have a possibility of life."
Buro Loves: The breathtaking show set, elongated classic tweed jackets, metallic culottes, the tracksuit look, faux fur jackets, aged gold knee-high boots.
Who: Elle Fanning made her catwalk debut by opening and closing the Miu Miu show. Other models who walked the show include Georgia May Jagger, Hanne Gaby Odiele and Slick Woods.
Where: Done by M/M Paris, the show space featured giant white screens that were printed with illustrations of alphabets and portraits of women.
What: The retro influences were complemented with beehive hairstyles and winged liners.
The Low-down: Miu Miu's collection this season caters to women of different personalities, with '60s and '80s influences peppered throughout. Outerwear wise, there were candy-coloured overcoats and tweed jackets, contrasted with leather coats with puffed sleeves and stonewashed denim. But regardless of the style, most looks were worn with white socks and Mary Janes that gave a sweet finish. Colour wise, take your pick from the wide range of colours offered, from fail-proof monochromes and girly pastels to bold hues. Miuccia Prada's idea of layering up? Pile on the layers over your décolletage, and flaunt 'em pins. When it came to dressier looks, retro-glam ruched floral numbers took the reign, with tasseled scarves that reminded us of quirky feather boas.
Buro Loves: A trend to try this AW18? Double buckled belts.
Who: Arguably the most star-studded FROW of Paris Fashion Week, stars such as Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Lea Seydoux, Sophie Turner, Chloe Moretz and Jaden Smith came out to play at the Louis Vuitton AW18 show.
Where: The show was held at the private Lefuel Court in the Louvre—a courtyard built in the '50s for Napoleon III—that features a horseshoe-shaped staircase that was transformed into a spaceship-like platform.
The Low-down: In a quiet attempt to join the #MeToo movement, creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere sent down oh-so-feminine looks that were inspired by women from the past, present and future. The line-up was made up of classic staples and urban silhouettes—Victorian coats and lace-up corset belts appeared alongside sporty stripes, and blazers came with sharp lapels and embroidered collars. Skirt-suits were given an edge, with a leather fringed top layered under, worn with a pair of graphic harness heels that are made for the modern-day women. "Sometimes we thought that to empower women in a cliché way was to put men's clothes on her, but we forget some very strong women were wearing very feminine outfits. I love this idea also to explore that, to have women that changed the world and that were not dressing like men," Nicolas Ghesquiere told WWD backstage.
Buro Loves: The striped details that were strategically placed on shoulders, sleeves and waist. Zoom in on the accessories and you'll notice the shiny arm candies that complemented the futuristic elements of the show.