Paris Fashion Week is the place where femininity gets fully portrayed in all its spectrum. Thanks to designers Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli, and Sarah Burton, many women were invited to a world made of options and variety, which this time around included everything from sportswear to perfectly tailored alternatives. If what you love the most about fashion is dynamicity and critical positiveness, get ready to find yourself blown away by the fall 2018 ready-to-wear collections of Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli, and Alexander McQueen!
Stella McCartney Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
What’s better than a wearable collection that is also equipped to help us walk tall in our chicness? Already dubbed “practical chic,” Stella McCartney’s fall 2018 collection is all things elegant and wearable, indeed, and just refined PFW with a casual wear attitude that anyone would easily embrace.
Tailored yet polished up with McCartney’s signature exaggerated style, Stella McCartney’s visions for the fall 2018 season are both minimalist and maximalist, as she still left it up to us to play with the various separates to find what’s best for us.
Switching between coordinates with suits, trademark knits and glamorous faux furs, and even new proposals such as the new Loop trainers in Alter Nappa, Stella McCartney’s fall 2018 lineup provides us with everything we might need to get cozy, warm, and fancy during the upcoming colder seasons, especially if we like to play with both feminine and masculine aesthetics.
The runway show, which was presented in a co-ed format, revealed the designer’s extraordinary skills of both womenswear and menswear, creating a sort of coherent continuum that, if it weren’t for the show’s note or the alternating male and female models, would have looked like a complete 46-piece womenswear collection.
As if things weren’t exciting enough at Stella McCartney, the British designer took springtime patterns such as floral prints and layers of soft fabrics to create versatile dresses that could be worn all year round, especially when the long winter days get darker, and we need something to cheer ourselves up with.
Giambattista Valli Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Here’s the thing – Italian politics is getting messier and more difficult than ever before, and, of course, the Italian fashion industry is concerned about that. As we are getting used to, such concerns (whether American, Italian, or English) are often inflected according to either apocalyptic leitmotifs or empowering ones, with slogans and girl-power approved aesthetics contributing to revert the situation.
Giambattista Valli, whose newest Giambattista Valli fall 2018 collection was presented yesterday at PFW, liked the idea of getting political without actually getting political for his runway show.
According to the designer himself, this Giambattista Valli fall 2018 collection was “the opposite of what is happening in Italy right now,” which, translated to its sartorial counterpart, bringing in cosmopolitan inspirations, Seventies-inspired silhouettes, and travel-ready pieces.
Above all, as a way to fight hate and bigotry, Giambattista Valli aimed at spreading a message of love, tolerance, and encouragement, as he precisely asks us to travel and get lost among different cultures.
The main sources of inspiration for his fall 2018 collection were, among others, Alighiero Boetti’s travels in Afghanistan, Gabriella Crespi’s eyrie in the Himalayas, and Alba Primiceri’s adventures in India, which really set good examples of curiosity and globetrotter-approved spurs.
Filled with practical separates and elegant dresses that could be shown off at any dinner party from across the sea, Giambattista Valli’s fall 2018 collection also brought the glittery beauty trend back on the runway with full-on masks of glitter covering some models’ faces, whose luminosity surely played an intriguing contrast with the collection’s more rigorous pieces (and resulted in an all-around collection that won’t go forgotten, for sure).
Alexander McQueen Fall/ Winter 2018-2019 RTW Collection
Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen fall 2018 collection was a masterpiece. Totally!
Bold, inspiring, diverse, and at times even theatrical, Burton’s latest efforts for Alexander McQueen were an ode to diversity and intersectionality, as the lineup fiercely captured all kinds of women, from those who love more conventionally feminine styles to those whose clothing representation leans toward conventionally masculine or androgynous garments.
Either way, Alexander McQueen’s fall 2018 pieces were unapologetically sensual and interchangeable, with each piece being practically wearable by anyone, at any time. Not for nothing, the collection’s main source of inspiration was metamorphosis, both to be intended as physical and sociological.
Starting from “butterflies and bugs, and paradise found rather than lost,” Alexander McQueen’s fall 2018 lineup takes us from clothing to encouragements and positive thoughts that let us prefigure happier (and easier) times. Like Giambattista Valli, Sarah Burton looked for an optimistic picture to display at her PFW show.
“The McQueen woman has always been powerful. Of course, you’re aware of [#MeToo], it’s in the conversation. It’s important for women to be who they are,” the designer explained to WWD backstage, and we must say that with all those exotic insect embroideries, pink gowns, structured suits, and tailored jackets, many women just got a plethora of new proposals to invest in, for sure.
Photos via Vogue