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Paris Fashion Week spring 2018 just drew to a close, leaving us sad and happy at the same time. Happy because, despite the copious amounts of criticism, it left us filled with creative inspiration aplenty, sad because it marks the end of another fashion season.
As it usually happens, however, PFW went out with a bang with some of its most acclaimed fashion houses’ runway shows, namely the spring 2018 runway shows of Chanel, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton.
Chanel’s, Miu Miu’s, and Louis Vuitton’s spring/ summer 2018 collections were all extremely surprising and familiar at the same time, as they managed to spice things up with a few unexpected patterns, while at the same time not disappointing us with completely unrecognizable leitmotifs.
Here is what happened at Chanel’s, Miu Miu’s and Louis Vuitton’s spring 2018 runway shows!
Chanel Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
These boots are made for walking, indeed! One of the (unsurprisingly) most astounding events of Paris Fashion Week spring 2018, Chanel’s spring/ summer 2018 runway show felt like attending a theatrical performance as interpreted by Barbie, with lots of plastics, giggly leitmotifs, and heavy early ‘00s-inspired motifs that we all adore.
Unveiled on October 3rd (which is, ironically, also the official Mean Girls Day), Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel spring 2018 collection will make those who were teenagers during those years feel the nostalgic vibes through and through, not to mention the fact that those who equally love Sixties-inspired patters will be equally happy about almost all of Lagerfeld’s proposals, too.
German creative director Karl Lagerfeld’s collection for spring was, in fact, an extremely variegated and coherent line-up, which makes Lagerfeld’s latest futuristic leitmotifs travel far, far away in time. Surprisingly, Lagerfeld eschewed the (retro)futuristic leitmotif in favour of a more vintage-inspired collection, which mixed high-street elements, such as Parisian raincoats and miniskirts, with anti-fashion PVC boots and even standard Chanel-approved elements, such as tweed.
To lighten things up, Lagerfeld added tie-dye and fringed accents here and there, ultimately delivering what we would easily consider an all-springtime-ready collection.
Miu Miu Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Is there anything better than separates for spring? Probably not, especially if they are signed Miu Miu. The famed Italian fashion house just delivered the astounding Miu Miu spring 2018 collection, following in the footsteps of other designers that focused on separates for the upcoming spring 2018 season (such as Valentino and Celine).
All in all, Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu spring/ summer 2018 collection was, well, very Miu Miu-approved, with the fashion house’s signature aesthetics dominating the scene. The proposals were extremely girly yet not too girly, retro-inspired, and diverse as a whole, with trench coats going hand in hand with cozy short shorts.
Most importantly, this Miu Miu spring 2018 runway show was diverse in its realization, as Miuccia Prada made sure that more than half of her models were not Caucasian. As we all know, diversity is not one of the industry’s favorite topics (though things are finally getting better), so we are extremely glad to see Miuccia Prada finally stepping up promoting such a relevant issue at PFW, too.
“What was important for me, what was really new was, for the first time, I really worked on girls, on different people and enjoying the way one dress looked different on one girl versus another one,” she told WWD after the show. “We discovered at the end the show was for very few white girls.”
On a more superficial level, keep an eye on Miu Miu’s spring 2018 vests, as those will surely fly off the shelves as soon as they hit the stores and, we bet, will be extremely popular next fall/ winter, too!
Louis Vuitton Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Love it or hate it, Nicolas Ghesquière is one of those few fashion designers that help people find something to argue about and constructively discuss in fashion. His Louis Vuitton spring 2018 collection is just the epitome of this concept, as it presented all things extravaganza and sporty over the span of 47 looks.
How can something be extravagant (to be meant in its most fabulously whimsical and Dancing Queen-approved way) and sporty at the same time? Well, according to Nicolas Ghesquière, anachronism is key.
“Anachronism: How some pieces are considered as costume and how it was interesting to explore the way to incorporate them again in an urban wardrobe that I love,” the designer explained to WWD backstage. “It was that thing of anachronism with a hint of romanticism. I think we all need that these days.”
Practically speaking, he found good sources of inspiration in the 18th-century French aristocratic garments as seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and translated them to a dream array of separates, functional items, which could be seen as either merely sporty or chic depending on how you style them.
If you like to dare with fashion, however, we suggest pairing them exactly as Ghesquière did, namely letting those pompous swan-necked blazers go flawlessly hand in hand with the many metallic, gym-approved shorts. You won’t be disappointed.
Photos via Vogue