Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019: Day 1 Highlights
I.T 30th anniversary pop-up
Hot off the plane, my first stop was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of HK retail giant, I.T. To celebrate three decades in the business, I.T asked friends and brands to create exclusive designs for their pop up.
Thom Browne created a red, white and blue puffer cape, Simone Rocha designed a leaf-print brocade shift dress while NY handbag label, Mark Cross, gave their signature Grace handbag a golden bow for the special occasion. Other contributing labels included Helmut Lang, Ann Demeulemeester and A.P.C.
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The show’s upbeat soundtrack set an upbeat tone to this season’s collection. It was a toast to the 1950’s Teddy girls, and the message was “sisterhood is female”—which was emblazoned on the opening look’s t-shirt.
Models wearing bucket hats (complete with a fishnet veil, courtesy of Stephen Jones) took to the runway in oversized knits, strapless dresses and daytime overcoats, which were refreshed in plaid, checked and patent leather. Saddle corset belts wrapped up the looks, while Mary Janes and booties came in walking-friendly kitten heels.
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Housed in a mirror box-like structure at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the Saint Laurent stage—filled with twinkling lights, double-sided mirrors and blaring music—was an experience for all the senses. The first looks were a tribute to power dressing; coats with strong, boxy shoulders while the animal print pencil skirts and the iconic Vacarello party-ready mini dresses were oh-so-sexy.
The finale looks were shown through the double-sided mirrors and strobe lights; neon hues of highlighter orange and neon yellow shined through (we caught a glimmer of the day glow pumps and feather trims of mini dresses), but left much to the imagination.
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