The ‘Holy Quaternity’ of the fashion circuit has ended after numerous shows in New York, London, Milan, and finally, Paris- the city of lights and romance. And the final destination, Paris, had been no less than a TV drama giving us some sweet, monumental, controversial, dumbfounded, and many more reactions, all in a matter of days. Keeping this a space of true inspiration and creativity, we bring you some moments that stood out to us that have the potential to be the laying-stone for budding designers and brands.
Bella Hadid Spray On dress
Everyone- Fashion hungry or not- will remember this season of the Paris Fashion Week through its spectacular finale put up by Coperni via the ‘showstopper,’ Bella Hadid. The Parisian brand is widely popular for its futuristic approach towards fashion and technology, which increased tenfold with its closing act for the brand’s collection. The SS23 collection “Coperni Femme” is an ode to the brand’s first collection from 2015 and plays on a futuristic approach to what represents femininity. The now viral final act saw Bella initially appeared on stage bare-bodied (except for underwear) and was sprayed with a liquid by Dr. Manel Torres and his colleague that, in a matter of minutes, would take the shape of an actual fabric-made dress after making the minute-long tweaks and cuts at the hem for that perfect minimalistic slip dress look having spectators in awe as the model strutted the runway at Musée des Arts et Métiers’ Salle des Textiles.
Unlike in New York, Body positivity and inclusivity have been relatively absent on the runway in the European fashion capitals (Milan and Paris). Breaking away from that was the 2019 founded Parisian fashion brand- Ester Manas, showcasing its size-diverse collection, celebrating and empowering women with its bold, fierce, and joyful collection constructed for women to appreciate their curves and stretch marks, with the SS23 collection steering in the direction of ruffles and eccentric colors showcased on size-inclusive models.
Issey Miyake- “A Form that Breathes”
House designer Satoshi Kondo’s collection titled” “was, in the truest sense, the perfect homage to the Japanese brand’s late founder and creative director, Issey Miyake, who passed away on August 5, 2022. This year’s exploring point for the collection was- sculpting and its process with different elements and textures. As the last collection Mr. Miyake would have probably worked on, the runway looks featured models dressed in softer palettes in forms that swayed with the body, bringing life to the garments, just as the titled collection aims to convey.
Thom Browne reimagining cinderella
One might mistake the runway show of the American brand as a Theater performance due to its 45-minute duration as opposed to the standard 15-minute ones for fashion shows. But we can let that pass if every show hereafter will be a larger-than-life re-imagining of popular fairy tales, Cinderella in this case. While constant imagination is what this creative industry strives for, Thom Browne’s extravagant collection might be a bit impractical in real-life and is best suited to the runway and red carpet.
We really started to believe logos for some Luxury brands were a thing of the past, slowly being replaced with it being visually identified by a specific color and shade, the case for Bottega Veneta’s Green and Valentino’s Pink since the Fall 22 collection. Pierpaolo Piccioli has debunked this theory by bringing back the logo, making it loud and clear, having partnered with makeup artist Pat McGrath to illustrate the famous “V” onto the models’ faces and introducing ‘eye-popping’ shades of yellow, violet, and green for its elegant flowy evening dresses in various lengths. Apart from this, the show has become infamous for models having a challenging time walking the runway with ease due to the stairs and floors, ditching their shoes mid-way.
How often do you witness/see something that makes you do a double take in absolute disbelief, having you question reality and have divided opinions of? Quite rare! Loewe’s artistic bend, with its concept-heavy collection around the flora theme, had spectators amused. Seeing simplistic fashion and perplexing ideas birthed to give visual appeal, the brand also ventured into showcasing digital art and its future in fashion a chance on the runway alongside the flower-themed collection. The digitally inspired collection featured a ready-to-wear top, trousers, and a hoodie that looked straight out of Minecraft due to the pixelated appearance. The mini-collection is a take on Metaverse fashion, a first-of-a-kind achieved yet, where its future cannot be predicted.