It’s here! Paris Fashion Week 2021 has arrived in all its glory. And this time, it’s winning us over with its digital-only designer showcase. The deserted streets of Paris made for picturesque runways while the City of Lights served as the perfect backdrop. The who’s who of the fashion world showcased stellar designs, and, it set the hearts of many fashion enthusiasts aflutter. This show was all about avant-garde silhouettes, vibrant prints, jaw-dropping collections, and delighted expressions of identity. With everyone privy to front row seats, thanks to the digital showcase, Paris Fashion Week 2021 gave us all that we were missing – a dose of high octane fashion!
And now, we have rounded 5 of our most favourite haute couture looks that will give the fashionistas a run for their money. So, shine the spotlight and let the show begin.
If fashion is art, you can trust Louis Vuitton to create a masterpiece. Drawing inspiration from Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquity, the classic meets contemporary designs brought an effortlessly cool vibe to the runway. The opening look was a class act with a multi-layered dressing of elements you would never imagine being put together. Imagine a graphic bomber jacket over a bejewelled tunic, teamed with a frothy blue tulle skirt. The high-heeled boots coupled with a swagger were the perfect blend of whimsy and fun. Messy hair and barely-there makeup makes this look is an absolute knockout.
This year, Alexis Mabille’s collection was all about fusing fluid fabrics with cinematic influences. Inspired by the Roman Goddess Voluptas, his designs were a stunning mesh of sparkling sequins, emblematic drapes, and voluptuous materials. One of the attention-grabbers was the negligée-inspired number in gold princess crepe and bare shoulders, that had inklings of the golden era of Hollywood, all glammed up with a red lip and stylishly slick-backed hair. This one is a runway winner!
It was back to black and white for Valentino. A sophisticated take on punk, this year saw a radical show, in a stark black and white theme. As Piccioli puts it, an anarchic gesture assertive of one’s own identity. The standout piece was undoubtedly this sleek jacket with enlarged diamond patterns, almost like a confluence of yin and yang, teamed with a short, black mini dress. Worn with bare legs and stilettos, this look is sensual and strong.
‘Freedom’ was what Chanel called their collection, an ode Stella Tennant, a Chanel icon for many years. This show saw traditional designs with elements of punk, along with a confluence of sturdy tweed and delicate chiffon all through. The outfit that stole the show, and our hearts is this one right here, a black chiffon jacket, coupled with a tie-effect dress and an embroidered braid. This look gives the illusion of a suit. Paired with chunky and classic boots and a trendy fringe, this look was a class apart.
Nina Ricci’s collection this year was all about form and functionality. The style was bold, dynamic and stimulating. Houndstooth was the key textile that dominated the scene and every piece evoked a strong sense of individuality. Having said that, no two pieces were alike. The standout look from the collection was this ivory cape made of puffer material, a longer jacket, and shoes of two opposing colours. A simple, rounded top-piece completed the look. With solid, pointed construction, this look is seamlessly easy and effortlessly confident.
Fashion is power. Fashion is unstoppable. Even amid a pandemic, it’s here to make a statement. Unrestrained, nuanced and strong, these clothes are for survivors. Crafted with the fabric of optimism, the spirit of fashion is here to stay, and empower. Fashion is art, you are the canvas. Go on girl, slay the day!