In Paris, we often expect to see the strange, pushing the envelope and the limits of a fashion collection as much as possible without hurting one’s image too much. We are used to designers searching for new ways to make their collections memorable, whether it’s by shocking us to no end or presenting incredibly beautiful pieces that would make any woman swoon.
We as positive readers will be able to guess which of our entries fits which category, but just to be sure, we will warn you that there will be some shocks. Not as bad as the year zombies from the sea walked the runway, but breaking stereotypes in new ways rarely seen during any of the Fashion Weeks.
Maison Margiela Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Did you miss the iPhone ankle holsters from last season? Good! John Galliano has officially brought them back for a second season in his Maison Margiela spring 2019 collection.
While some of the outfits are downright disturbing, reminding us of strait jackets with just enough room for movement to have you missing freedom more, this was a pretty quintessential Maison Margiela lineup featuring both androgynous and quite feminine looks. It was not an easy watch by any means, with both design and makeup ensuring some cringe at least.
The inspiration behind the collection was stated in a video teaser. “Being who you are is an act of defiance,” said Teddy Quinlivan for the house’s signature scent, which was projected around the room right before the runway show. The Maison Margiela spring 2019 collection emphasized gender fluidity, bringing back memories of a time in a club where norms were questioned, with girls in suits and boys in dresses.
The memories of the ‘80s were brought into 2019, while changing around the traditional purpose of each garment and redefining it. Coats appeared as capes, swimsuits as dresses, and the idea of a garment as a work in progress was seen throughout, with pieces seen appearing in the mapping stage with vestigial stitching seams. It was madness, but it was true to the Maison Margiela attitude.
In Galliano’s words, for Generation Z, there are no rules, and we will be writing the book ourselves. As such, it made sense to make such a gutsy move and push the limits of a coed. It would be interesting to see where he takes this next.
Dries Van Noten Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Following the Maison Margiela designs, it is almost a relief to be immersed back into the more feminine vibes. While we love the notion of gender fluidity and definitely see it as a part of our world for the decades and centuries to come, the designs were not always palatable.
Dries Van Noten, on the other hand, knows how to make the heart pump with love for clothes. We have to point out, though, that the flittering party fringe everywhere might not be screaming quality.
Then again, with the right color combinations and design techniques, the added embellishments or peeking skirts under long tunics rather do work well. This is especially the case considering the bold use of colors, from the darker blues to the sunny yellows, often against backdrops of black and white.
It’s a psychedelic world that Dries Van Noten creates. A psychedelic wonderland to be more exact. The Dries Van Noten spring 2019 collection screams ‘70s meets 21st century with ease, honoring the late iconic designer, Verner Panton, with the coed presentation.
There was a rather romantic mystique surrounding this collection, with lightweight trench coats and relaxed suiting making it one we will definitely buy into. As we know that Dries Van Noten does not advertise and certainly does not use influencers, their fame has a certain hold on us, since the products sell themselves.
There are a total of 56 looks in the Dries Van Noten spring 2019 collection, and we are definitely honing in on the translucent raincoats and color blocked sandals. Then again, the striped outfits and accessories hold certain appeal as well. Honestly, though, we love how that boiler suit got a makeover.
Chloe Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
With 57 looks that were superbly wearable, one of the most anticipated collections for spring 2019 was that of Chloe. Breezy dresses, denim tops, plunging necks followed by high necklines, and a fully Bohemian edge made the Chloe spring 2019 lineup one of our favorites.
Softly sophisticated, this batch of outfits was made with the customer in mind, appealing to a large number of women around the world. There was never too much skin shown and instead of focusing on sensuality, it was all about a feminine power that simply cannot be denied.
It is the dress-up but dress-down collection that could work for a myriad of occasions, with intriguing texture combinations throughout. The fishnet knits are especially pleasing, while trousers sporting front calf slits flow well with the rest of the slit trends from the past seasons.
Chloe reveals just enough of the body to attract without being overly overbearing. The crop tops are a nice addition, especially since they are paired with long sleeves and long skirts.
Short hems are paired with high necks and long jackets, while the greatest allusion to sexy is the pronounced bust region from time to time. One particular piece appears to sport a torpedo bra area. The looks are flowing, delicate and would look great in any wardrobe. Best of boho chic!
Photos via Vogue