Paris Fashion Week
By Livan Samudio
Concluding the fashion week season, Paris Fashion Week ran from September 28th to October 6th with a combination of digital and physical shows coordinated by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. Within the nine days, 84 new collections were presented from fashion lines like Chanel, Chloe, and many more.
Being one of the first few designers to kick off PFW, Christian Dior held a physical show on September 29th presenting the Spring/Summer 2021 Womenswear line. The show was held in a church-like building with stained glass windows in the background of the runway. Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Christian Dior designer, gained inspiration through quarantine and working from home which led to this line of comfort wear. Many of the pieces were loose and flowing. Mainly neutral colors were used such as tan, brown, black, and greys with combinations of reds, yellows, greens, and blues. The line looked very stylish yet comfortable.
Beginning October, on the third day, Hermès presented it’s Spring/Summer 2021 with an in-person runway show designed by creative director, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski. The entire line was very bold and simple using bodysuits, crop tops, and vests. Using mainly one to two colors, but no more than three ever all the pieces had a very professional look to them. With colors ranging from baby blue to beige to black, the entire line had an empowered and enticing appeal.
The following day, unlike other shows, the Balenciaga collection was presented in the form of a music video. The decision was made by the creative director, Demna Gvasalia. The nine-minute music video had the song “I wear my sunglasses at night’ by Corey Hart playing while models were displaying the collection walking at night in the streets of Paris wearing dark sunglasses. The collections ranged from fur coats to sweatsuits to dresses, and all of it genderless. Overall the entire Spring/Summer 2021 line had very unique pieces with a unique presentation.
On the final day of PFW, Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection was presented. The show was held in the La Samaritaine department store with a live audience but it was a combination of digital and physical presentations with digital green-screens lining almost all the walls and floors. In addition to the live audience, people could stream the show live from their digital devices. This collection was by Nicolas Ghesquière and included pieces like 80’s themed text on t-shirts and large body length coats. One of the shirts was labeled “VOTE”, likely for the current political climate. Some of the collection also included combinations of large belted pants and bright green bags or clutches that seemed to touch on the classic Louis Vuitton bag/accessory look.
This year’s show will be ones to look back on as iconic and influential in the future, especially having been held amidst a pandemic. PFW was like no other previous fashion week Paris has held due to being affected by the coronavirus but like New York, London, and Milan, it pushed on and was conducted safely and beautifully.
Livan Samudio is an editorial intern who's interests and passions include fashion, music, television shows, and pop culture.