Concluding yet another jam-packed Fashion Month and the completion of the Autumn Winter 2019/2020 season presentations, Paris Fashion Week gave us a lot to think about. From the emotional farewell runway tribute to Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, to the many trends solidified throughout the week; many of which which we’ve been seeing throughout the month in Milan, New York and London, and look set to influence what we’ll be wearing for AW19.
Let’s start with possibly my favourite show of the week – the Manish Arora 'Finally Normal People' collection. Fusing Burning Man style bohemian hippy-chic glamour, with an almost Mad Max style punk-rock aesthetic, the vibrant collection was a multicoloured array of dystopian warrior looks, embellished with often almost psychedelic patters and a profusion of iconic headwear.
In fact, statement hats were a strong trend at PFW, with interesting alternatives presented by Valentino, Nina Ricci, Ann Demeulemeester, Kenzo and Courrèges. Leather on leather was also prominent, with particularly strong looks in red at Alexander McQueen, and teal at Drome. puffer jackets will still be on-trend next season, with some gorgeous options in a plethora of colours from Tatras providing protection and warmth without sacrificing sartorial style.
A propensity for check, plaid and tartan was clear this season, with Redemption and Christian Dior offering outerwear pieces, and Marine Serre and Balenciaga giving it a significant spotlight. For her debut collection in Paris, Spanish designer Mimii created a collection using tartan alongside feathers and velvet – the result was playful, colourful and full of life. Feathers were also a hit with Balmain Cedric Charlier and Guy Laroche.
In line with the trend of celebrating and empowering women, Nehara’s collection was created in honour of female artists, with a series of functional and almost utilitarian pieces which scream elegance, simplicity and style. Strong statement shoulders and ruffled shoulders empowered looks at Liu Chao’s presentation, as well as at Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton and Lemaire.