Oh yes, I so identify with this season’s FW18 collections from Paris. There has a been a certain sense of unease over the past year and it was mirrored in most of the collections. On one side there was still the space age solution with plenty of new, iridescent fabrics, like at Anrealage, where Kunihiko Morinaga utilised a PVC prism structure which refracted and split the light. The stunning garments exuded different colours from different angles, playing on the idea that each individual person may have diverse and varying perspectives on the same subject.
Olivier Rousteing was all about time travel for the Balmain show this season, but elsewhere during the week in Paris, the New Age traveller vibes were strong, with various designers embracing all peoples from all different races. Perhaps this concept is all too optimistic, however, art and fashion often come up with the most logical and realistic solutions to global prejudice and done in such a fabulously colourful mish mash of Buddhist orange and Merlin blue, peppered with boogie bomb characters and Chinese emojis.
And then of course there was Russian Couturier, Valentin Yudashkin’s ready to wear ‘Moscow Winter’ collection, inspired by the evolution of Moscow style and the unique charm of snow-covered streets.
The collection nods to the beauty of Moscow and the cities fascinating mix of historical and modern architectural styles, with decorative Russian baroque elements, compositional simplicity, soft modern lines and refined shade