Paris Fashion Week fall 2018 just loaded us with a cornucopia of choices and different proposals, meaning that the best things about fashion just came together today. The fall 2018 runway collections of Kenzo, Chloe, and Paco Rabanne overwhelmed us with standout staples, patterns, and even inspirations we yet had to see not only at PFW, but also at NYFW, LFW, and MFW.
Get ready for Kenzo’s new urban jungle, Chloe’s (literally) unique point of view on the fall 2018 season, and, well, Paco Rabanne’s awesome pieces of fashion advice.
Kenzo Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
All creative directors know how to wholly celebrate their fashion house’s founder, as proven so far by many designers such as Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior, and Olivier Lapidus for Lanvin. Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, Kenzo’s iconic duo, decided to get hold of founder Kenzō Takada’s French Post-Impressionist passion with a fun, weird, and especially artsy Kenzo fall 2018 collection that is destined to become unforgettable, for sure.
More specifically, for their Kenzo La Collection Memento N°3, Lim and Leon surprised PFW with inspiration from French visionary painter Henri “Le Douanier” Rousseau, translating his autodidactic masterpieces to a colorful array of clothes that won’t let anyone go unnoticed.
Filled with striped patterns, tactic utilitarian pieces (meant to be paired with either cozy coordinates or flirtier, contrasting items), sewn paints, and accessory items refined with emblazoned logos and furry detailing, the Kenzo fall 2018 collection was a coherent and heterogeneous feast for the eyes, which above all got Kenzō Takada’s official seal of approval.
As for the audience’s approval, we are sure that those who love the fashion house’s signature urban jungle leitmotifs, combined with the more youthful vision that Lim and Leon playfully carry on, will find each and every piece of the collection a literal gem to invest in and collect.
Chloe Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Here’s the good news for those who can’t help but feel discouraged by NYFW, LFW, MFW, and now PFW’s recent Eighties-inspired wave: Natacha Ramsay-Levi, Chloé’s creative director, just brought a Seventies-flavored breath of fresh air to her PFW runway show, mixing the fashion house’s iconic urban chic vibes with some elegantly strong Seventies notes.
Chloe’s 61-piece fall 2018 collection was so variegated and multidimensional that Natacha Ramsay-Levi basically managed to transmute all the decade’s diverse trends to their millennial-approved counterparts, treating us to something for the glamorous nights out with friends, for the long days at work, and even the very formal afternoon dates. To convey a better millennial-approved subtle leitmotif, Levi toyed with the proportions and the lines, having fun with the plunging V-necklines and the low-waisted figures.
Structured and layered yet not too heavy, Chloe’s fall 2018/ 1970s pieces are, however, also meant to be mix-and-matched with one another, meaning that those who are ultimately going to play with the lineup’s staples are us.
Chloé relies, in fact, on individuality and freedom of expression, and we could fairly state that Levi, with her unconventional Seventies-toned Chloe fall 2018 collection, gave us a plethora of one-of-a-kind choices to show off in the months to come.
Paco Rabanne Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Like Levi, Julien Dossena loves to think out of the box, too, and his rebellious spirit is well reflected in all of his Paco Rabanne collections, for sure.
For his latest Paco Rabanne fall 2018 collection, the creative director decided to eschew the omnipresent Eighties theme focusing instead on Boogie Nights inspired garments, Roaring Twenties and Thirties dynamic figures, and even more conventionally sophisticated Audrey Hepburn-approved lines.
As usual, he tried to filter these latest Paco Rabanne pieces of his through a more modern, functional lens, providing us with a solid fall 2018 collection that is wearable (yet undeniably showy) indeed.
“I was trying to make those couture-style pieces integrate into a rather classic wardrobe,” Dossena explained backstage. “Because this is the way that the girls in my life are wearing them.”
And who wouldn’t stock her wardrobe with some of the most astounding mini dresses, cozy coats, metallic shirts, and iconic trench coats of the season?
Dossena’s quirky T-shirts made of chainmail prove nothing is unwearable unless you try it on, and that daring more with fashion should be, in general, anyone’s mantra.
Photos via Vogue