“It was a cold and rainy week in Paris, which made it difficult for all of us to move around from show to showrooms—so, thank goodness the week was filled with strong shows to brighten us up!” says Fashion Director Marina Larroudé. It’s true—despite the clouds looming above, there was a sense of boldness and joy found on the runways. From models breaking out in song and dance at Stella McCartney to Dries Van Noten’s 100th show, rich with signature prints, there were plenty of delights around every corner. Scroll on for our top 10 favorite moments from PFW.
1. OFF-WHITE ON THE RISE
Virgil Abloh proved that his buzzy label Off-White continues to be a force to be reckoned with as he presented his FW17 collection. Bella Hadid opened the show, stomping down the runway of dried leaves wearing a sexy take on houndstooth suiting embodying the “adult youthfulness” that Abloh told us was the vibe of the collection when we caught up with him backstage. One thing’s for sure—the killer boots in the collection will be Fall ’17 must-haves.
Off-White FW17 / AP Images
2. LOVE AND FAITH AT STELLA MCCARTNEY
“Stella McCartney not only delivered a strong collection with feminine suiting and a chic color palette of beiges and gray, but she also showed that fashion can be joyful and fun when models came dancing out to George Michael’s ‘Faith’ song at the finale.” -Marina Larroudé
Stella McCartney FW17 / FirstView
3. DELVAUX TRANSFORMS THE JARDINS DU PALAIS ROYAL
Delvaux’s impressive Sunday fête celebrated all things Belgian, and for the occasion, a collection of seven mini-bags were unveiled—the Miniatures Belgitude—each one themed to symbols of a Belgian city. Guests enjoyed Belgian chocolates and beer, as well as an energetic performance by Belgian singer Alice on the Roof. It was truly a spectacular event with no detail overlooked. “Everything is 100 percent Belgium, except for the pink flowers, which are a tribute to the Palais Royal,” Delvaux Artistic Director Christina Zeller told us proudly.
Inside the Delvaux party
4. DRIES VAN NOTEN CELEBRATES HIS 100TH SHOWS
“It was emotional to see Dries Van Noten deliver a strong collection season after season for 100 shows in a row. It was genius of him to bring back and mix prints from his archives. Models were all standing next to each other after their walk. One could visualize the entire collection all at once. It was one of my favorite shows of the week.” -Marina Larroudé
Dries Van Noten FW 17 / FirstView
5. HAIDER ACKERMANN’S MODERN WOMAN
“Haider Ackermann delivered one of the most beautiful shows of the week. Tapered pants, strong outwear, and evening looks for the modern woman.” -Marina Larroudé
6. UNRAVEL SNAPCHAT TAKEOVER
We handed over our BarneysNY Snapchat to Unravel’s Ben Taverniti and Joyce Bonelli, and the energetic and creative duo did not disappoint. They gave us an up-close and personal account of their day, from details of the Fall 2017 collection at their showroom to Kendall Jenner rocking a must-have denim and leather jacket that she borrowed from the assortment. Watch this space for more exclusive takeovers.
7. RAINY DAY SIDEWALK STYLE
It turned out that the must-have accessory on the streets of Paris was an umbrella, but luckily as long as you had one, you could get away with almost anything. Here, our own Michal Kurtis from the Fashion Office dashes between appointments.
Photogrphed by Melodie Jeng
8. THE ULTIMATE METALLICS AT PACO RABANNE
Paco Rabanne‘s Julian Dossena amped up his signature chainmail for Fall 2017, and it was his most exquisite execution yet. From the asymmetry to the draping, it was sporty, glamorous, and technical all at once. It will be the cocktail attire to wear this fall.
Paco Rabanne FW17
9. VENUES WITH FLAIR
From Lanvin at the Hôtel de Ville (pictured) and Balmain at Hôtel Potocki to several shows each at the Grand Palais and Jardins du Palais-Royal, you can count on Paris for the most ornate and grandiose settings.
10. MODERN WHIMSY AT MAISON MARGIELA
The colors, angles, and textures seen in Maison Margiela Fall ‘17 collection were a sight to behold. Playful elements like bags worn as headpieces, exaggerated cutouts, and peacock feathers kept the show light, while the immaculate execution made it truly impressive.