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Paris Fashion Week has come to a close, so we’re reminiscing on the best details from the Spring/Summer 2020 presentations from brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Loewe, and Miu Miu.
Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2020 presentation, held inside the Grand Palais, featured a set replicating the rooftops of Paris. Models walked a runway of zinc roofing, surrounding chimney pots and windows that opened up to the sky, wearing looks that held an air of youthful liberty. This season, silhouettes were light and fluid, a balance between simplicity and volume. Flounced collars, ruffles, and prominent sleeves adorned classic styles like a white dress belted at the waist and a take on the tweed suit reimagined as a dress with a two-tiered skirt. Looks were accompanied with t-strap sandals or flats that fastened around the ankle, and some models sported matching handbags or little hats adorned with flowers. Pieces we’re still thinking about include the voluminous denim jumpsuit with the white ruffles and the black and white gown with the tuxedo bib top, puffed sleeves, and bow-embellished waistband.
Celebrating the enthusiasm of singularity, Louis Vuitton debuted a dandy collection blending notes of a new Belle Époque, the fundamentals of Romanticism, and Art Nouveau. An eclectic palette of colors painted prints like a red, white, and black candy stripe; a chevron tweed; and an abstracted nature-inspired print featuring the colors of the rainbow. Silhouettes from past eras were brought to present day, seen in a high-necked dress with lace embellishments and softly draped skirt, styled with a pair of tall leather boots and a retro bouffant updo; and a trapeze-cut peacoat dress, worn over a structural, striped blouse. The collection was presented in front of a projection of the artist Sophie—who performed a special extended version of It’s Okay to Cry with Woodkid—in a hall filled with wooden stadium seating, crafted using sustainably sourced wood from France.
Poetic, amorous, and unforgettable are words one might use to describe Loewe’s new collection. Employing the use of generous folds of fabric, semi-sheer lace, and unique takes on classic details, the designs were imagined in a palette of black, white, and earth tones like beige, forest green, midnight blue, and soft yellow. Sculptural skirts extended away from the body, reminiscent of bustles and undergarments of centuries gone by; collars were reinvented in the form of large neck ruffles and pilgrim-style embellishments in opposing colors. Sheer all-over garments—like an ethereal cut-out dress in white, or a black top and pants with tiny pearl details—were a staple, styled with multiple layers or worn with nothing underneath. Standout looks included a black dress with the drawstring hem and enormous, billowing sleeves; a long sleeve wrap-around dresses in floral or stripes; and a flowing white dress with bell sleeves, reminding us of a 1980s christening gown.
For Spring/Summer 2020, Miu Miu proposed fashion as a process and dialogue. Employing elements of creative freedom and accidental beauty, it juxtaposed cropped knits with sartorial and embellished embroidered pieces, or sleek high gloss leather trimmed in downy fluff. An idea of innocence was brought forth in pieces like ruffled pinafore dresses, contrasted with sophisticated classics like pea coats, blazer dresses, and A-line skirts worn with tall boots. Highlights included a draped white dress, a leather skirt in salmon worn with a striped t-shirt and belt with a bow, and a varied selection of shoes, including a series of knee-high lace-up boots in colorful leather, metallic sandals, and platform clog-style heels with embroidered flowers.