Paris Fashion Week kicked off on March 1st, which means we are now on the fourth and final city of Fall 2016 RTW fashion month. Emerging talents showcased on Day 1, including Y/Project, Koché, and 2015 LVMH Young Designer’s Prize winner Simon Porte Jacquemus of Jacquemus with highly imaginative collections. For the next 8 days, be prepared for nonstop show coverage, trend reports, and backstage details from Paris Fashion Week!
Youth Revival at Jacquemus
All eyes were on Simon Porte Jacquemus, who presented his Fall 2016 RTW collection to adoring millennial fans from all around the world. As a self-funded, self-taught designer and lest we forget winner of 2015 LVMH Young Designer’s Prize, Jacquemus promoted an accessible aesthetic complete with oversized geometric shapes, emphasized shoulders, and divine coats. Inspired items included a diagonal split pantsuit with decorative bow ties and a dress overlaid jumpsuit – certainly edgy for everyday wear, but his pieces got our brain cells moving on a Tuesday afternoon.
Sultry As Usual at Anthony Vaccarello
Always expect Anthony Vaccarello to pump up the volume on sex appeal. It’s somewhat hard to believe that the brand has only been around for 7 years considering the celebrity diehards who consistently rock his designs: Diane Kruger, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, and Nicole Ritchie plus: if you consider his hand at Versus Versace, the celebrity number jumps to include Ciara and Cassie amongst others. This time around, Anthony Vaccarello opted for corsetry detailing defined at the hip instead of the waist. It worked! Models were still characteristically sexy, but with a little bit more ease.
Everyday Artifacts at Koché
You may not have heard of this brand, but French label Koché launched by female designer Christelle Kocher is bringing a phenomenal mix of craftsmanship and wearability to her designs. Kocher’s resume include Chloé, Sonia Rykiel, Dries Van Noten, and Bottega Veneta and thus, it is no surprise that the Fall 2016 RTW collection consisted of intensely handcrafted hoodies, sweaters, and jackets. Each a unique creation, fans standing by were surely tempted to snag a piece for themselves.
And The Rest…
Y/Project stayed true to its unisex ethos and swung between historical references (see bishop sleeves) and inventive seductive dressing, such as exposed hips in leather bodysuits. Atlein, a brand founded by Antonin Tron, made its PFW debut (they don’t even have a website yet, check out their IG!) and impressed editors with his figure-flattering pieces that won’t break the budget. Anrealage took an abstract tact with boxy silhouettes, some even “coded” using a technique called visual cryptography, which made for a undeniably stunning presentation.
What are your thoughts on Paris Fashion Week Day 1?
Check back in for our PFW Day 2 Recap!
- Shows: Maison Margiela, Dries Van Noten, and more!