Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020: Day 6-7 Highlights
Repping Hong Kong on the Paris Fashion Week calendar, Anais Jourden expanded on her resort 2020 offering with structured blazers and loose cardigans over metallic pleated skirts, as well as plenty of polka dot and zebra printed dresses in sheer lace.
You can always expect Thom Browne to put on a fantastical performance and this season did not disappoint. Upon entering the glass-ceiling venue, you see models standing in dolphin shoes in a pinstripe garden under suspended birds before pastel fairies in crinoline cages opened the show.
The lineup was an impressive array of Marie Antoinette gowns in his signature suiting fabrics and dolphin and lollipop prints, with models in nest hair and veils carrying seahorse backpacks.
Ralph and Russo
Showing their ready-to-wear collection for the first time in Paris, Ralph and Russo recreated the wardrobe for Miami Barbie. Think pastel tie-dye jackets, '70s boudoir silk dresses, bedazzled buttons, pink tuxes and shimmering tweed for the lady who likes to have fun and knows how to dress for it.
No one understands sartorial romance quite like Pierpaolo Piccioli. Starting with all-white shirt dresses and short shorts, the collection blossomed into neon colours with feather shouldered frocks, floor length tent gowns, chest-baring A-line dresses, then jungle prints and glittering florals–it was a triumphant success and the audience was unanimous in this opinion, giving Piccioli a standing ovation as he jogged his finale lap.
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The marriage of feminine sophistication with urban toughness is what Claire Waight Keller does best and this collection did just that. There were leather jackets paired with knee-length shorts as well as upcycled denim trousers and jumpsuits, juxtaposed with poplin dresses with balloon sleeves and a series of beautiful floral appliques on netted gowns.
Chitose Abe opted for map prints this season, cut and pasted on sheer jumpsuits and silk dresses as models held bags shaped like globes. There were flowing trenches, skinny pants flared at the ankles, platform rain boots, white puffers deconstructed and tweed jacket sets with black lining.
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Beyond the cap bag seen all over the streets now available in a mini size, JW Anderson also created a three-pouch fringed bum bag, scarf-strap crossbody and lots of stunning jackets—oversized and nipped in just the right places—as well as gorgeous dresses and coats dripping in fringe.
Emerging Japanese designer, Hidenori Kumakiri, began his show with the sound of a ticking clock and two tailors dressing and undressing models in various ways. The collection itself was delicate and wearable featuring many shift dresses with fluttering back panels, but it all came together when Kumakiri explained that each piece could be worn 24 different ways. Now that’s innovative.
Always one to take inspiration from interior design and architecture, New York-based designer Mercedes Castillo imitated bamboo furniture in the form of heels and straps for her SS2020 collection, which was filled with vibrant stringy sandals and raffia mules.
Since her chain bag took over our Instagram feeds, Sarah Law of Kara has since expanded her offering to include smaller and larger iterations, as well as neon colours, bedazzled mini shoppers and even a bucket hat that doubles as a bag.
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