Best in Class: Paris Fashion Week

Those of your who read this blog regularly are probably expecting me to open by saying “Didn’t Fashion Month just fly by?!” I’m changing the record this time around, though, and am instead humming to an opposing beat. In other words, I’m pretty sure the AW17 season was the slowest Fashion Month ever. Maybe it’s because I’m not as glued to minute-by-minute updates, but New York Fashion Week feels like three months as opposed to three weeks ago. That, coupled with the fact the hype surrounding the fanfare just didn’t feel quite as high as normal, meant that the past few weeks crept along at a sluggish pace.

Slow-and-steady aside, I’m happy to be here today recapping the last stop on the Fashion Month train: Paris. Even during low-energy seasons such as this, the City of Lights never fails to delight with its creativity. Indeed, while the jury’s still out as to where the true “fashion capital” lies (rumor has it Seoul isa new contender), it’s Paris that reminds us why we love fashion. Check out my personal highlights from the week below:

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Best Casting: Dries van Noten

Belgian designer Dries van Noten’s 100th runway shows featured a smattering of modeling’s greatest hits, from current darlings like Julia Nobis and Sasha Pivovarova to veterans such as Amber Valletta, Liya Kebede, and Alek Wek.

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Best Fabrication: Paco Rabanne

Silk, chiffon, fur…chain mail? Although it’s not the first thing you think of when it comes to luxury textiles, Paco Rabanna designer Julien Dossena successfully manipulated the house’s signature material into some of the season’s best looks.

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 Best Hair Moment:

Though the headbands ended with Altuzarra back in New York? Mais, non, Karl Lagerfeld refashioned the burgeoning trend into cozy, bedazzled headgear for his Chanel  AW17 space cadets.

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Best Palette: Dior

While I loved the pastel vibe that trotted down several runways, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s ode to the color blue- from the cuffed denim in the opening looks to the bejeweled gown that’s all over Instagram- truly stole my heart.

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Best Prints: Valentino

For his latest collection, Pierpaolo Piccioli drew inspiration from two very different springs- Victoriana and the Memphis Group- and meshed them to aplomb. The highlight of this brilliant mish-mash were the prints, from the black-and-white zig zags to the soulful handprint pattern.

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Best Pop Culture Reference:

While most designer’s this season tapped into the more recent zeitgeist, Olympia Le-Tan threw it back to the golden age with her Alfred Hitchcock inspired collection. My personal highlights? The Psycho shower belt and “Notorious”-emblazoned bag.

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Best Recurring Motif: Alexis Mabille

Even in a collection featuring gold thigh high boots (I repeat: gold. thigh. highs.), one couldn’t help but notice the dove that flew across several of Alexis Mabille’s best ensembles.

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Best Set: Fenty x Puma

Rihanna’s latest Puma collection had “second semester senior” written all over it, from the rebellious looks to the set, which had the models stomping around lockers and across lamp-lit desks.

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Best Shoes: Carven

The architectural, pastel-colored mules were the cherry on top of Carven’s stellar AW17 look book.

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Best Touching Tribute:

The entire Alexander McQueen AW17 line-up was whirlwind of intricate detail, including one piece embroidered the name and birthdate of the house’s late founder Lee Alexander McQueen.

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Best Upcycling:

A couple seasons in, and I think I’m finally on board with Demna Gvasalia’s vision for Balenciaga. His AW17 collection was glamorous and sharp with a hint of wit, most notably via the pencil skirts made of repurposed car mats.

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Best Overall TIE: Rochas & A.P.C.

I know, I know…I just couldn’t pick one here! Early in the PFW schedule, Rochas’ collection blew me away with its take on soft feminine dressing, from the pale pink separates to a gold fringed dress. Likewise, I’m head-over-heels for A.P.C.’s measured retakes on classics like blue denim and army green.

What are your favorite looks from Paris Fashion Week? Any major highlights from the month in general?


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