The Coolest Street Style Looks From Paris Fashion Week
New York, London, Milan and Paris have all hosted fashion weeks this fall — even if much of the world was too preoccupied to notice. Paris is facing a coronavirus spike and there’s a possible lockdown looming — but Paris Fashion Week went on, with collections that exuded hope for an industry uncertain of its own path.
Of course, many did remove their masks, be they the reusable or disposable varieties, for the occasional socially distanced photo, but the hygienic accessory hardly distracted from their covetable ensembles.
True to Paris’ form, the looks were more subdued than its other fashion week counterparts, with the colour palette largely consisting of soft cognac, shades of beige, deep olive and, of course, black.
However, that’s not to say it was all pared back and minimalist. Print made sporadic appearances in the form of gingham, paisley and kitschy patterns, while fringing elevated the hems of pencil skirts and classic coats. Bold colours also made the odd appearance, popping up in pastel and neon forms alike.
Paris Fashion Week’s combined digital and physical season kicked off with IRL spectacles from Coperni, Koché, and Christian Dior and will conclude, a week from now, with physical shows from Chanel and a virtual experience from Louis Vuitton. In that time, Parisians and the rare international guest will be shuttling through the City of Light—safely and socially distant, of course—on a daily basis.
Acielle, the photographer behind Style du Monde, will be on the scene to document the best street style for Vogue. Already, we’ve found a certain style to prevail in this fragmented show season: practical daywear, cut with fanciful details and topped off with a mask.
In search of a fresh way to wear a dress without completely covering it under a jacket? Look to Maria Bernad, who layered a plaid dress over a white button-down blouse and flared jeans. For seasonal textures, look to Marta Cygan who wore head-to-toe velvet, or Sophia Roe who coupled her corduroy pants with a leather fisherman hat. And when it comes to accessorizing, this season in Paris was full of bags and shoes in bright colors and eye-catching prints. Case in point: Ellie Delphine’s ensemble consisting of a lime green Bottega Veneta bag and the brand’s zebra pumps.
What’s more, the changes to the structures and schedules of the Paris Fashion Week shows didn’t stop showgoers bringing their best street style in spades. With many designers choosing to show collections IRL, the limited number of mask-wearing guests made it clear personal style still reigns despite the virus.
Whether it was street style regulars like Camille Charriere, Natalia Vodianova and Leonie Hanne or other super chic attendees, we spotted oodles of diversity in the prints, styles or accessories on the streets.
At a time when the relevance of bespoke clothing, haute couture and luxury ready-to-wear is in question, designer Andrew Gn feels the mission is clear: “I strongly feel that, despite all the unknown, we have to move forward,” he said in a statement. “We have to project ourselves towards better times. We, designers, are the core and the driving force of the whole fashion ecosystem. The weavers, printers, embroiderers, ateliers, all depend on our creative work. We must keep on.”
All in all, the event pushed boundaries not only on how fashion is presented, but how it is experienced, conceptualized, and cherished. The major themes of reflection, joy, and simplicity succeeded in creating a beautiful world of fashion that expands, shifts, and mirrors the real world’s changing perspectives.
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