RUNWAY RAMPAGE: THE MOST UNUSUAL SHOWS AT PARIS FASHION WEEK SO FAR

The saying, “See Paris and die” does not seem so cliché in these last few days since the Paris Fashion week kicked off. Paris has proven itself to be the ultimate fashion destination and the past eight days have certainly lived up to the heightened expectations. Designers have outdone themselves with stunningly crafted pieces, outstanding themes and riveting shows. Apparently it’s not enough to let the clothes do the talking; the shows, set design, props and music do more to bring the designer’s vision alive and leave the viewers with an experience. Fashion is art and thus the liberty has been taken to express that creativity to the hilt! All the shows have been unique but these are the ones you probably will not forget.

DIOR

Set at the Hippodrome de Longchamp, a racecourse just outside Paris, Dior’s SS19 show was themed on movement and dance. Maria Grazia Chiuri opted for simplicity and grace in her collection and selected dancers and models for the show. Subtle colors, flower petals, light projections and scribbled quotes by the dancers portrayed an aura of ethereal femininity and whimsical beauty. Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal performed for the entire duration of the captivating show.

RICK OWENS

Rick Owens started a fire on his Palais de Tokyo runway. Literally. Referencing the historical Tower of Babel and Tatlin’s Tower with his SS19 Babel collection, Owens orchestrated a ritualistic show with models decked in armor-like leather outfits, flowing gowns made from stained American flags, geometric crowns, visor-type shades and flaming torches. A Tatlin’s Tower was erected and it suddenly erupted in flames sometime during the show. Guests were gifted bags containing mini bottles of Mezcal and a visor before the show commenced which probably did little to prepare them for what was coming. The ambience was made complete by music from Russian Witch House revivalists Ic3peak, on invitation from the designer.

 

YVES SAINT LAURENT

Using a well-lit Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, Anthony Vaccarello delivered a perfect evening experience as models walked on a water-filled runway, electrified palm trees lighting up the pathways. Colors of gold, silver and luxuriant black gave off the nighttime, party vibe. Animal prints were also added to the mix in sleek ensembles that looked wildly appealing. The brand featured 95 models on the runway, the most number of looks from a collection this season.

GUCCI

Hosted at The Théâtre Le Palace, the much-anticipated Gucci show featured a film show, a tribute to Dolly Parton and a parrot. The theatrical display began with a trippy short film of two models who appeared to be either possessed or high, roaming an antique burlesque house. The film was created by Italian duo Leo de Berardinis and Perla Peragallo, obviously in tribute to Alessandro Michele’s Italian heritage. The show also included a performance by legendary singer, (and mother of Charlotte Gainsbourg) Jane Birkin who regaled the audience with her 1983 single “Baby Alone in Babylone” in the middle of the show.  Tribute was also paid to Dolly Parton, the most honored female country performer, as seen in some of the exhibited designs. Gucci is reputedly big on animals so a white cockatoo on the runway, perched on model Mae Lapres’ shoulder doesn’t seem too far off the mark.

 

All Images culled from Instagram.

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