The best of PFW AW19 day 1: Christian Dior and Saint Laurent

The best of PFW AW19 day 1: Christian Dior and Saint Laurent

Text: Stephanie Boey

Image: Christian Dior
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Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019 started off strong with masculine silhouettes for the modern 21st century woman

Christian Dior

Who: Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri was Inspired by Teddy Girls, a British rebel youth subculture from the 1950s. They were known to be strong females and dressed boldly in mannish silhouettes. Edwardian-style men's jackets, velvet scarves and jeans were their uniform.

The low-down: Chiuri dove deep into their archives and revisited the New Look. The bar suit first invented by Dior himself was given a 21st century update, cutting at more masculine line and heavier fabrics like the velvet collar. True to the original New Look, nipped-waist silhouettes were seen through gathered skirts paired with a belt bag for a modern touch.

Buro loves: The silkscreen slogan tees which pay homage to the literary works of Robin Morgan. 'Sisterhood is Global' is going to be our go-to girl power slogan for the rest of the year. 

Saint Laurent

Who: A mixture of young Hollywood and celeb legends graced the show with their presence. Ezra Miller, Felicity Jones, Kate Moss and Catherine Deneuve brought star power amid the famous front frow.

The low-down: Mannish shoulders taken to the extreme, coats and jackets with strong square shoulders set the shape and silhouette. Creative director Anthony Vacarello offset the masculinity with thigh-grazing mini dresses, tapered trousers and hints of skin, toeing the fine balance between the two spectrums.

Buro loves: For the finale, the lights went low and revealed a string of neon looks that's sure to turn heads, with or without the need of a black light. Neon is the new black — time to get on it.