This penultimate day at Paris Fashion Week spring 2018 gave us something dreamy and (surprisingly) British-inspired to talk about until the next Fashion Week season, overwhelming us with pink-toned fabrics, edgy asymmetrical cuts, and ruffles aplenty. The latter also officially mark one of this PFW’s biggest comebacks, along with bon-ton leitmotifs and off-the-shoulder necklines. The spring 2018 runway collections of Valentino, Stella McCartney, and Giambattista Valli all showcased similar patterns, treating us to some of the most detailed line-ups of the week.
Valentino Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
As declared by Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, even the most utilitarian items in our wardrobes should be breathtaking, and who are we to say otherwise? Determined to “make the ordinary extraordinary,” Pierpaolo Piccioli just unveiled a 76-look Valentino spring 2018 collection that could be described as the epitome of utilitarian chic, and which flawlessly mixed his modern views on fashion with founder Valentino Garavani’s timeless glamour from the Eighties.
“I wanted to get back something of the glamour of the ’80s that Mr. Valentino did so well,” Piccioli explained to Vogue backstage.
Pockets aplenty on utilitarian jackets, flared lines, sleek jeans, halter necks, and sporty-chic silhouettes were everywhere in the Valentino spring/ summer 2018 collection, which however did not forget to treat us to ultra-elegant evening dresses toward its finale, as well.
While the Valentino spring 2018 runway show began with its sportiest, cosiest proposals, it ended with some of the most soigné designs, patterns, and spring 2018 colors ever, which moreover still proclaim soft pink as one of Valentino’s must-have hues. And we will happily oblige.
Stella McCartney Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
Half feisty, half rigorous, Stella McCartney’s spring 2018 proposals brought a taste of British fashions to PFW, filling those who always look forward to Stella McCartney’s collections with inspiration for the upcoming warmer season. According to Stella McCartney runway show’s program notes, her collection aimed at “exploring classic tailoring and signature silhouettes… A joyful exploration of British style,” a leitmotif she undeniably managed to keep up with.
With jabot collars, kimono-inspired figures, and exaggerated silhouettes dominating the scene, Stella McCartney transposed the British soul to a dream array of 39 looks that are utterly sophisticated and ready-to-wear indeed, drawing inspiration from U.K.’s colonialism, punk-rock era, and visionary fashion creations.
She made sure each outfit could be practical and wearable at the same time, yet never boring in the eyes of those who are flaunting it, especially if they are looking for something timeless and haute couture-esque at heart.
Giambattista Valli Spring/ Summer 2018 RTW Collection
No wonder, any Giambattista Valli seasonal collection will always conquer our hearts with a dream array of intricate details, both on the clothes and the accessories, and even more astounding embroideries. For his Giambattista Valli spring 2018 collection, the Italian fashion designer drew inspiration from an all Italian love story, namely that of Italian painter Mario Schifano and Princess Nancy Ruspoli, who met at a New Year’s Eve party in 1970 and hopelessly loved each other ever since.
“I always build it up around a love story; I love this feeling of butterflies in the stomach,” Valli revealed to Vogue backstage, explaining why his spring 2018 collection feels so romantic through and through.
Polka dots, pussy bows, layers of ruches and ruffles, cute asymmetrical cuts, and fancy crop tops worn over even fancier shirts were the centre of the attention at Valli’s spring 2018 show, catalysing a never-seen-before energy that, after a few overall negatively reviewed Giambattista Valli collections (many journalists claimed he had somehow lost his sparkles), confirms Valli is back on track, for good.
Photos via Vogue