Paris Fashion Week spring 2018 just set the bar higher for any future fashion show, thanks to two of the world’s most anticipated collections, namely Dior’s and Saint Laurent’s. The spring 2018 collections of Dior and Saint Laurent mesmerized us with soigné designs and, especially when it comes to Saint Laurent, insuperable runway shows, which won’t go forgotten any time soon, for sure.
If you thought both Maria Grazia Chiuri and Anthony Vaccarello, namely Dior’s and Saint Laurent’s creative directors, didn’t have much left to say regarding the industry’s future aesthetics, get ready to change your mind as you see the Dior and Saint Laurent spring 2018 collections!
As for PFW per se, will it be able to outdo itself on the upcoming days, given how unforgettable Saint Laurent’s and Dior’s spring 2018 runway shows were? We will definitely see!
Dior Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri hit it big again, treating us not only to a reinterpretation of some of her already iconic leitmotifs, but also some of Dior’s all-time classics. Chiuri, appointed at the helm of Dior more than a year ago now, has already managed to change some of Dior’s core visions on fashion, often transposing them to their more modern, if not millennial-approved counterparts.
In doing so, she somehow also managed to keep Dior’s signature elegance and exclusiveness at the centre of the attention, making each collection both youthful and timeless at the same time. For her Dior spring/ summer 2018 collection, she definitely stayed true to her designs, though upgrading them to more Seventies-approved fashions, catapulting us in a parallel world where Paris is everywhere, and it’s always 1972.
For these reasons, the Dior spring 2018 collection showcased a plethora of utterly bon-ton proposals that included high-waisted, bell-bottom jeans, striped t-shirts, cute and spring-ready trench coats, and, of course, little black dresses, often paired with contrasting white t-shirts underneath, or Parisian-inspired berets (those will fly off the shelves for sure).
Maria Grazia Chiuri’s perspective on the spring 2018 fashions included, of course, another it-item, which we bet will be found basically everywhere on any social media platform starting from January next year, i.e. Dior’s seasonal emblazoned t-shirt. After Dior’s “we should all be feminists” t-shirt, which was an undeniably huge success, Maria Grazia Chiuri kept on reinforcing the feminist theme asking herself “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”, subsequently printing this pivotal question on most of her Dior spring 2018 line-up’s tees.
Although we can’t (unfortunately) deny many female artists (and women more in general) have been put on the spot throughout the centuries, we are glad to see great artists such as Maria Grazia Chiuri finally have their time to shine in various places, Dior’s catwalk included.
Saint Laurent Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Saint Laurent may just have won the best runway show challenge ever, hands down, as its new spring 2018 collection’s ensembles were presented underneath the Eiffel Tower in the night time. As if presenting a seasonal collection with the Eiffel Tower as the background wasn’t already enough, Saint Laurent’s designer Anthony Vaccarello decided it was about time to let the models hit the runway as a smoke machine was creating a suggestive dusky glow around them.
Although it was definitely hard to focus on Saint Laurent’s spring 2018 collection in and of itself, Anthony Vaccarello’s omnipresent visions on fashion were still one of the show’s core protagonists, and made their presence noticed nonetheless. Like Maria Grazia Chiuri, Vaccarello strongly focused on the French fashion house’s core aesthetics too, yet subtly revisiting them through a less consistent lens when compared to Chiuri’s.
Big dresses, luxurious leather, frills, ruches, and asymmetrical cuts didn’t treat us to anything new to look forward to, but rather just to a new version of some of Vaccarello’s signature styles. To spice things up, however, Vaccarello did fill his Saint Laurent spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection with practical yet elegant garments, such as cargo shorts and tunics as well, even surprising us with more risqué, see-through tops from time to time.
Although he did not actually deliver anything completely new, he did change his views a little bit, treating us to what could be described as enough newness to be able to thrillingly wait until the next spring to check Saint Laurent’s PFW seasonal fashions.
Photos via Vogue