“What a season for beautiful clothes! The woman of Spring ’19 is a lady!” exclaimed Barneys’ Fashion Director, Marina Larroudé. “And nowhere was it more evident than in Paris.” It’s true: The City of Light was delightfully optimistic and boldly feminine. Acid tones felt daring yet modern, as seen at Sacai, Haider Ackermann, and Valentino. And the details. The details—like ornate Chantilly lace at Paco Rabanne, worldly textile-like fabrics at Chloé, and seashell embellishments at Altuzarra—evoked a modern, artistic approach to dressing for spring. And that’s not to mention the weather. The sunshine and mild temps made it easy to slip into a warm-weather state of mind, making the dresses, colors, and ideas on the runway feel more than tangible. Scroll on for the best moments from a week that defines the next season to come.
SHOP THE PARIS FASHION WEEK EDIT
At Maison Margiela, the themes on the runway closely mirrored the themes of John Galliano’s debut fragrance that launched the same day. Mutiny celebrates the values of authenticity and transformation embraced by a new generation. As campaign videos featuring “Mutinists” like Willow Smith and Teddy Quinlivan played, a strong collection debuted down the runway.
ISABEL MARANT CAN PARTY
For spring, the Isabel Marant girl has disco fever. The effortlessly undone models—wearing shimmering going-out tops and showing lots of leg—strutted down a runway surrounded by silver streamers and a ceiling lined with silver balloons, reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s Factory. The moment the show was over, a wall lifted and music, Champagne, and confetti signified the start of a full-fledged party to celebrate Isabel Marant x L’Oréal. It was the perfect exclamation point to the collection.
STROKES OF GENIUS
Dries van Noten presented an uplifting explosion of color for a super-strong SS19 collection. The artful pieces struck a clever chord between youthful and sophisticated and kept a joyful note throughout.
OUR FASHION DIRECTOR’S STREET STYLE WAS ON POINT
Our very own Marina Larroudé killed it with her polished outfits this season. Here, she’s effortless in a Barneys New York cashmere sweater over Céline with a Llora handbag. Check out her Instagram for more highlights.
MARINE SERRE LIVED UP TO THE HYPE
The pressure is on when you’re a young, super-buzzy designer who’s just won the LVMH Prize. Marine Serre managed to exceed expectations with her Hardcore Couture collection, which cleverly balanced tough and soft with its use of upcycled fabrics.
BACKSTAGE WITH OFF-WHITE
We went backstage before the Off-White show and got up close and personal with all the supermodels, snapping moments with Bella, Kendall, Karlie, Kaia, and more. Head to our #PFW Highlights on Instagram Stories for a closer look.
BEST SET CONCEPT: BALENCIAGA
The Balenciaga show was like entering the fashion Matrix thanks to a constantly changing runway designed by digital artist Jon Rafman. It was a mind-blowing setting for a strong collection of strong shoulders, nipped waists, and bold accessories.
BIGGER IS BETTER AT VALENTINO
From the shoulders to airy caftan-style dresses (like below) and even the oversized hats, the silhouettes at Valentino were exaggerated in a way that felt utterly relaxed and refined.
JULIEN’S BEST YET
Julien Dossena continues to evolve Paco Rabanne, and this season he presented his most impressive collection yet. While exiting the show, Fashion Director Marina Larroudé couldn’t contain her excitement. She summed it up well, saying, “J’adore Paco Rabanne! Julien did such an outstanding collection—it was cool, feminine, polished, and provocative.”
THE SAINT LAURENT WOMAN
We love Anthony Vaccarello’s vision of the strong and sexy Saint Laurent woman, and this season she was in full force. And while his version of sexy includes short hemlines and eye-catching sequins, there’s always an aura of confidence and style that the women in his clothes project—as conveyed by the stunning Adut Akech, below.
We went backstage at Altuzarra to get a closer look at the stunning hair and makeup for the show, as seen below on first-look model Isabeli Fontana. Joseph Altuzarra’s concept was inspired by the idea of a heat wave and the glow and sex appeal it brings. Hair was slicked on the sides, and a wet look was achieved using oil, wax, and hairspray. Meanwhile, the skin had no foundation, just a bit of concealer with sun-kissed blush across the nose and cheeks. The look was finished with creamy orange shadow and a swipe of mascara.
There’s no doubt Clare Waight Keller is moving Givenchy forward, and this show—with the models power-walking down the runway—proved that. We especially loved the sporty and modern gowns with asymmetrical detailing.
BEST FINAL WALK
Olivier Rousteing joined the posse of models that included Cara Delevingne for the final walk at Balmain, parading energetically down the runway and singing along to David Bowie. The joy he exuded was felt in the collection.