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The second day of Paris Fashion Week spring 2018 was as thrilling as the first, both in terms of the collections showcased and the feedbacks received from yesterday’s events. As many are pointing out on the various fashion magazines, blogs, and social platforms, the first day of PFW was filled with astounding events but with rather boring collections, which brought nothing new on stage.
As for today, we can definitely say that things were quite interesting with the spring 2018 collections of Lacoste, Maison Margiela, and Lanvin, as their ensembles and runway shows all treated us to something appealing and engaging to watch and look forward to.
Here is what happened at Lacoste’s, Maison Margiela’s, and Lanvin’s shows – get ready for a lot of (unanswered) questions!
Lacoste Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Felipe Oliveira Baptista unveiled his Lacoste spring/ summer 2018 collection earlier today at PFW, opting for a co-ed format and nostalgic vintage vibes to better celebrate Lacoste’s 85th anniversary celebration. With Lacoste being the brand everyone turns to when putting together sporty-chic outfits, Baptista highlighted this specific signature of Lacoste throughout his newest spring 2018 proposals, treating us to some cool Mariana Simionescu and Björn Borg-approved vibes that we can’t help but love deeply.
All in all, the Lacoste spring 2018 collection perfectly combined sporty-chic items such as practical anoraks and cozy sweatshirts with off-the-shoulder tops and oversized dresses draped on the body, providing us with day-to-day and ready-to-wear proposals aplenty for the new warmer seasons.
As if celebrating such a historical fashion house with the trendiest garments wasn’t enough, creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista decided to surprise us once more with an even more entertaining runway show. As seen at Saint Laurent yesterday, whose show was unforgettable to say the least, PFW began setting the bar higher for any future runway show, with Lacoste being just one of the (many, we are sure) fashion houses that accepted the challenge and tried to exceed Saint Laurent’s extravaganza.
For his Lacoste spring 2018 event, Baptista set up a catwalk in a stadium-like area in the almost magical Tuileries Garden, asked Lacoste’s brand ambassador Novak Djokovic to partake in the show, and let a live band play instrumental versions of Daft Punk’s biggest hits. Whether one finds Saint Laurent’s show more appealing or Lacoste’s, we guess is a matter of personal preference!
Maison Margiela Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Inspired by “the idea of proposing a new glamour – the idea of dressing in haste!” Maison Margiela’s creative director John Galliano overwhelmed PFW with one of his most deconstructed collections ever, which brought feathers and asymmetrical cuts on stage. Practical yet definitely peculiar, all of the latest Maison Margiela spring 2018 items could be described as a Margiela-approved reinterpretation of our daily must-have garments, such as trench coats, skirts, and boot.
In trying to renovate our springtime wardrobes, Galliano also mixed all those different types of ensembles together, often creating something anew we could (maybe not that easily) play with. Galliano’s ultimate spring 2018 it-item thus appears to be a cool, practical, yet maybe hard-to-combine hybrid between a trench coat and a shirtdress, which, however, we bet will specifically appeal to those who love anti-fashion aesthetics à la Vetements.
It is also worth mentioning that, as many of you will probably notice, the Maison Margiela spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection unapologetically resembled the house’s couture collection from July, the deconstructed leitmotifs of which are still vivid in our minds. Is John Galliano trying to bring more haute couture-esque accents to his Maison Margiela ready-to-wear line?
Lanvin Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
The anticipation behind Lanvin’s spring 2018 collection was inevitably high, as it marked Olivier Lapidus’ first take on the famed French house’s aesthetics. Newly appointed as Lanvin’s creative director, Lapidus’ visions on the following spring 2018 fashions were almost solely black in colors (there were just a few light blue, red, pink, and white exceptions), and both sharp and soft in their figures.
Rigorous yet at time slightly sensual too, the Lanvin spring 2018 collection definitely lacked in diversity, as it almost exclusively showcased elegant proposals for the busy woman who is always on the go (or on a work trip). Suits, early ‘00s-inspired dresses, wrapped skirts, and belts cinched at the waists were everywhere in this line-up, while the items that stood out the most was a dream array of colored cape coats that, at least, we bet will find their way in many wardrobes.
As for the rest of the Lanvin spring 2018 collection, we can’t unfortunately say that its leitmotifs will stick to our minds. Will Lanvin find a new identity, under Lapidus’ direction?
Photos via Vogue