It’s almost the end of Paris Fashion Week spring 2019, and we are not yet ready for reality. One after the other, we have been treated to incredible new designs, sighed in relief when we saw our favorite trends continue on, and enjoyed every piece that was completely out of this world. We have been taken on a journey to the past and given a glimpse of the future.
For this second-to-last diary, we focus on eco-friendly fashion and confidence on the stage. We introduce psychedelic designs and animal-conscious approaches to beauty. Being sustainable is very much à la mode right now, and Stella McCartney for one ensures that no matter how long it takes, she will always come up with more sustainable and environmentally friendly fabrics to utilize in her designs.
The one thing the spring 2019 collections of Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli, and Alexander McQueen had in common was a flowing sensuality to the designs, playing on female strengths while still giving her outfits that complement and define her everyday life.
Stella McCartney Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
When it comes to environmentally conscious, animal-safe approaches to fashion, the most prominent brand to pop into mind is that of Stella McCartney’s. As such, it made sense for her to present a ruffle shell suit in recycled nylon, and handbags made of faux leather, the latter as per usual.
This season also became synonymous with complete control over one’s brand, as the designer will be concluding the deal to buy back full ownership of her namesake label from parent company Kering. Even the color scheme of the Stella McCartney spring 2019 collection was bold, and feminine in typical Stella McCartney style, with washed-out neon and “dirty pastels.”
It might not have been an intentional influence on her collection, but her new-found financial independence certainly seemed to inspire, according to critics.
Which trends were our favorites from the collection? Jumpsuits are always a favorite, elongating the body and outlining the best of one’s lack of curves especially. Plunging necklines only enhance the allure of the jumpsuit, while McCartney’s wide legged boiler suits also made headlines in their white and blue tie-dye prints.
The floral prints are still in and probably will stick around for quite a while yet. Just like the traditional blacks and whites, the florals have a permanent place on the trends lists for each year. Furthermore, it was quite beautiful to see fluid silhouettes meeting sportswear, a huge trend for spring 2019.
Giambattista Valli Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
The Giambattista Valli spring 2019 runway show was all about the beautiful, the glittery and the idea of maximum result from minimalism. The catwalk was full of fairies, really, with glittering balayage hair and Valli’s signature ruffles, alongside his lace and gauzy silks.
This was truly a collection that had something for everyone, with the idea in mind that fashion should make a woman feel not only beautiful, but quite capable as well. There is strength in beauty, and these designs are there to inspire the confidence necessary to rule your world.
Without a doubt, the Giambattista Valli spring 2019 collection was nothing short of dreamy. How exactly did the glittering ombres come into effect, you ask? According to Paul Hanlon, “Giambattista had me look at old photographs of [traditional] Indian ceremonies where colorful powders are thrown everywhere.”
This, in turn, inspired the custom-mixed shimmering color sprays that added bright pastels into the locks of the models, with loose glitter brushed on for a truly glowing mane.
Aside from the hair though, we fell in love, as usual, with white tailored dresses in almost caftan style, tiny black dresses with ruffle sleeves, plunging necks and extremely short hems not made for a lady with a booty, as well as some stunning embroidered denim that added a more androgynous touch to the whole line-up. We have to admit, pairing tiger prints with plain white looked stunning.
Finally, we have to applaud the fact that Valli is a master of appealing to all generations, with the more youthful short in front and long in back dresses appearing alongside gorgeous sheaths. As always, the collection did not disappoint.
Alexander McQueen Spring/ Summer 2019 RTW Collection
Speaking of ethereal, we simply must mention both the designs and backdrop of the incredible Alexander McQueen spring 2019 lineup. We are following the more is more appeal here, with past meets present meets future in full embodiment.
There is a certain power play involved in this collection that becomes clear from the get-go, taking inspiration from different parts of the world to put together each intricate outfit. Even the shoes flowed splendidly with the clothing presented, the prints matching to the tee. As for the jewelry? Think ancient, bulkier but just the right amount of subtlety to be worn on a daily basis.
But it was the background that really caught our attention, as the standing stones of Avebury, thought to predate the Stonehenge, were brought to the catwalk. It was very English, really, with even flowers painted and printed within the collection reminiscent of the Somerset marshes, from whence the legends of Arthur are supposed to have sprung. In essence, think a combination of Christian, Pagan and natural history in harmony.
The amount of skin shown in the Alexander McQueen spring 2019 collection was actually quite enjoyable, with some pieces presenting a toned midriff, others bringing attention to the chest with a deep-diving neckline, while still others revealing shoulders and arms in a lovely fashion. Transparency reigned across the board, but offered in such a classy morsel that one can find no fault with it.
The whole thing was about combining tenderness with strength, with the first outfit a fragile knitted lace dress with mutton sleeves and what looks like a blacksmith’s apron belted on the side of it. That lace and leather combination is by far our favorite from this diary.
Photos via Vogue