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Paris Fashion Week SS18: Chanel, Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, and More

Last week, Paris Fashion Week came to a close, and we were wowed by a number of spring/summer 2018 collections. Among them was Chanel’s ready-to-wear collection that premiered at the Grand Palais on October 3 with a natural landscape. Evoking the terrain of the canyon Gorges du Verdon in the South of France, the setting was the stage for Karl Lagerdfeld’s aquatic-themed story. Waterfalls, complemented by reflections on the sea of the sun and moon, were seen along a rainbow palette with silver and gold accents. Prints in blue and white were mixed with colors of lush green and delicate pink. Materials were met with a fresh twist—metallic tweed threads, smooth silk, lace, and leather. Suits with cropped trousers were off-set by waffled chiffon dresses with wide jackets, and some topped with crystal pendants and ribbons. Capes, Lagerfeld’s iconic fingerless gloves, rainboots, and wide-brimmed hats were staple accessories for the season, as were transparent pieces.

Saint Laurent presented its new collection at the base of the Eiffel Tower—a jaw-dropping site for the eye-catching looks that followed. There were flowy tops, structured trousers, and larger-than-life dresses. Enlarged puffs of feathers and ruffles were seen on the entire bottom of a dress or top half of a top. Strappy sandal heels had high feathers on the back, and the house’s heeled, calf-high scrunch boot made a return in green and black, alongside the premier of a calf- and knee-high feather boot. Black, white, and everything between was seen shaking up a full offering of statement pieces to take you from morning to night.

Chanel

Chanel SS18.
Courtesy of Chanel.

Miu Miu showed its new collection at Le Conseil Economique Social et Environnemental, Palais d’ Iena with an atmosphere designed by AMO. The house, known for its mix of pretty-meets-ugly, and tomboy-meets-girly, stuck to its codes. We saw a great deal of personality in both the garments and the prints, as well as the layers, accessories, bags, and footwear. Childlike collars, graphic athletic socks, basket bags, and jackets with checked prints, were all of note.

With inspiration from the East, Rochas debuted a collection with superimposed prints, embroidery, and layers of colors and patterns. Chiffon and other materials were in green, pink, purple, and blue hues. Micro-clutches and mules—both flat and semi-high—were seen, too.

Chanel

Chanel SS18.
Courtesy of Chanel.

Akris continued its dedication to material, craft, and artistic inspiration, presenting its spring/summer 2018 collection dedicated to American Midcentury designer Alexander Girard. Creative Director Albert Kriemler presented the collection at the Palais de Tokyo with an enchanting, colorful debut. “In 2016, I visited the Girard exhibition in the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and I was so excited by his brilliant creativity and his unique sense of colors,” Kriemler said. “These colors are delicate yet strong, but they never scream. His sense of balance in everything he created is impressive.”

As a celebration of love, rock ‘n’ roll, and poetry, Each x Other collaborated with poet and filmmaker Greta Bellamacina, and designer Dilara Findikoglu. “Art can feel like a closed medium but with fashion you open the curtain and there is the public,” explained Ilan Delouis and Jenny Mannerheim, the brand’s creative directors. Inspiration for the brand’s inception stemmed from Montgomery’s poem “SAFE AND WARM HERE IN THE FIRE OF EACH OTHER,” so the brand revisited another poem for inspiration for this season’s collection—“SALVAGE PARADISE LOVE IS THE WEATHER DAYDREAMS FOREVER.” A print of the poem was placed alongside silk suits, dresses, coats, and skirts.

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Saint Laurent SS18.
Courtesy of Saint Laurent.

 

 

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent SS18.
Courtesy of Saint Laurent.

 

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