Springtime is often quoted as being about renewal and growth and more – yes it is. But there is always a lack of acknowledgment of the roots that the new life springs from. Balmain used inspiration that has stood the test of time in new looks that will continue to inspire in future seasons as well. Celine continued to build on the foundation set by the ingenuity of Slimane in a 96-look show that was amazing from beginning to end.
Altuzarra’s spring 2019 RTW collection had the strongest air of spring in the fashions but did have a tendency towards the more vacation-minded buyer. Regardless of the runway show, the options showcased at Paris Fashion Week were beautiful, stylish and met the expectations of those looking towards spring 2019 with a want for something chic.
Balmain Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
The Balmain runway show is always a joy to see, and the Balmain spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection was no exception. Interesting textures were integral in plenty of the looks. As has been the case for most of the last decade, the inspiration for the collection has been aspects of Paris that were interesting to Olivier Rousteing.
Rousteing reflected on his inspiration for the Balmian show, telling Vogue: “It’s Paris meets Egypt, because every morning when I wake up I see the Obélisque on La Concorde, and the Pyramide du Louvre… I think it’s really important to mention that so much of the beauty of Paris is in its history, and its history is not only what we call French.”
We saw these inspirations in the shapes and silhouettes of the pieces, fabulous and unexpected sets with Marinière stripes, and the use of dramatically distressed muslin. The Balmain spring 2019 collection was intriguing and called out to the fearless in fashion to enjoy pairings of ripped jeans (that are not skintight) alongside dramatically arched tops.
Pleated fan-style accents on dresses and tops held an appeal but nothing on the runway was subtle with its references. The collection was completely infused with symbols and shapes, beckoning you to look for more clues in each piece. Personal favorites were the stylized strips that called out in essence to the mummies of Egypt as well as the several hieroglyph-embellished pieces.
Celine Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
The coed runway show for the Celine spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection showed off a lot more options than many anticipated. The slim-fit menswear that walked the runway was designed to actually work for more than just men to wear. The collection, as it came down the runway, was completely inclusive of women – nothing that walked the Celine spring 2019 runway was off limits.
Through a 96-look show there were several variations of the suit, separates and the full gamut of lengths and layers to choose a good look from. From flirty flair to straight laced and lengthening, it’s all done with the expected exceptionalism Celine commands.
It was a moment of clarity and justification when Hedi Slimane notified the world of the new direction for Celine in his first press release, stating that: “The entire wardrobe worn by the male models is unisex, and therefore will also be available for women.”
The Celine spring 2019 collection was titled Paris La Nuit and it sparkled and shone through a majority of pieces that will be seared into the retina of everyone who watched the show. Shooting for the attention of the younger crowd that is also more accepting of crossover styles – the unisex clothing of the menswear line won’t miss.
There was nothing designed to be missed, everything is obvious and designed to lure people in, primarily the younger crowd, but the styles are cross age chic enough that everyone will want a piece.
Altuzarra Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Joseph Altuzarra’s intentions for the spring 2019 collection were stated before he showed it. “I wanted the collection to feel happy, optimistic, colorful,” he said, and then in a reverse game of show we saw his intentions in a colorful burst of 43 looks that evoked exactly what he said.
The colors were perfectly bright and cheerful without being washed out by the lightness so often plaguing the florals of spring. On the Altuzarra spring 2019 runway, the colors were bold, varied amongst similar silhouettes, shapes and pieces. Everyday clothes with cold shoulders and plunging necklines made appearances through the sunlit runway display.
Amongst the looks was an unusually seen textile for spring – leather. Richly colored leather in deep burnt orange and black, colors and a textile usually reserved for fall and winter made an appearance that was a welcome quirk. The collection steered back to the expected crotchets and spring and summer knits along with a few angling, sparkling accessories and pieces that utilized gravity in the best of ways.
The feel of the Altuzarra spring 2019 collection had a lot of vacationing vibes throughout it but there were definitely choices for regular life styling. More daily wear options would have been nice but swapping out some of the bikini tops for actual tops, which Altuzarra has no shortage of through other collections, will remedy that issue easily.
Photos via Vogue