First, it’s the rush of showgoers finding their assigned seats. Next, it’s the infamous yell of “uncross your legs!” from a heard of photographers. Then the snaps of cameras start to consume the quiet room. And suddenly, the clickity-clack of an army of heels connecting to the runway jars the crowd’s attention, and every head-turn tries to catch each glimpse that will only last a few seconds. Paris Fashion Week has officially begun.
This glorious eight-day routine puts every fashion human being to the test. Which designs will survive in the minds of attendees? What will the industry be talking about after the last finale walk? And most importantly, which coveted selections will be swept into Barneys and added to everyone’s list of must-haves? Scroll on for our top 10 moments from an amazing week in Paris.
SHOP PARIS FASHION WEEK
CHANEL: FAREWELL TO KARL LAGERFELD
Chanel showed on the the last day of PFW, but we’d be remiss to not start with the most peaceful yet sepulchral moment during the nine-day schedule. Both on and off the runway, heartfelt tears poured out as the finale walk took place. It was indeed the farewell celebration that much of the industry needed. His presence was felt in every piece that grazed the wintry catwalk, and a roar of an applause ended the show on a note of pure reverence and appreciation.
BEAUTY AT DRIES
How one designer achieves such artistic perfection is indeed beyond us. From the custom fabrics to the intricate detailing, Dries Van Noten left a simple consensus among our team: “Simply beautiful.”
SEVDALIZA OWNS THE Y/PROJECT RUNWAY
Life was indeed given as artist and familiar face of Barneys Sevdaliza owned the runway. Every movement of her strut was graceful yet powerful, and her surreal figure brought to life the pleated Y/Project piece instantly. Memories from her past interview with The Window arose as her muscular silhouette eased past the team. “I’m past the point of being ashamed of my body,” she says. “I’m just a woman, and I use my body in my art.”
LIGHTS. CAMERA. CÉLINE!
The opening production made showgoers feel like they were transported into a movie. A larger-than-life glass light box moved from ceiling to runway as one model stood fiercely inside the infrastructure. Once the box connected with the floor, the model moved out of her fierce stance and walked a strong strut showcasing a revival of a look straight from Hedi Slimane.
LOOK AFTER LOOK AT MARINE SERRE
The growth of this collection over the last few seasons has been remarkable. Marine Serre served look after look after look. We could keep going on, but you get the point. Don’t believe us? Peek for yourself here.
STARTLING BEAUTY AT RICK OWENS
If the Rick Owens runway didn’t jolt you awake, are you truly alive? The mastermind demanded the show spectators’ attention with intense beauty looks consulted on by artist Salvjiia. The FW19 show left us delightfully startled.
No fuss. No circus. Just wearable pieces that catered to the female physique. The ease of the collection truly had us declaring, “I’ll take one of each!”
COMME DES GARÇON NEVER DISAPPOINTS
Are we allowed to have favorites? We sure hope so, because each year Rei Kawakubo never disappoints, and this F/W19 collection was no exception.
THEATRICS AT THOM BROWNE
Thom Browne always puts on a theatrical show, but this FW19 runway was one for the books. As the audience poured into the venue, everyone was greeted by a large glass-box office in the middle of the runway. On the outside were white blinds, and inside the glass there were consecutive desks, chairs, and stands to hang one’s coat on. As the show opened a row of models in the infamous shrunken gray suits marched right into the box, hung up their coats, sat at their seats, and typed furiously on typewriters. A bell was rung by the head leader, and the show started immediately. Intricate as ever, the clothing didn’t skip a beat, and neither did the amazing casting of diverse models.