After the whirlwind of seemingly never-ending Spring 2019 fashion weeks, one thing was clear. For drama, beauty and stunning fashions there is nothing quite like Paris. This season was not void of drama (at Céline the accent on the é has been erased, making the brand simply Celine and Kendall Jenner taking time off with way fewer runway appearances) but what made up for all those stories that had fashionistas’ tongues wagging, were directional clothes presented in special venues featuring theatrical mise-en-scène unique to the French capital. Here are some of our favorite looks from brands available at Aventura Mall.
Gypsy-set meets 80’s was the theme for the boho loving Isabel Marant. With silvery streamers and balloons decorating the space in the Tuileries, the theme of the collection was a dead giveaway before the lights even went up. The likes of Kaia Gerber and Anna Ewers came striding out in shimmering silver going-out tops and micro shorts that seemed purpose-built for the dance floor.
Louvre was the backdrop to Nicolas Ghesquière’s space-age exploration, probing the edge between the virtual reality and real life. That played out via exaggerated silhouettes, high-tech fabrications like molded rubber, space suit sleeves, Memphis Group prints, and the Parisian savoir-faire of sculptural dresses in sequin-embroidered mesh.
Sarah Burton best described what spring 2019 at the McQueen house is all about. “This collection was,” she said, “about sisterhood, about women’s milestones and rituals: birth, christenings, weddings, funerals. It’s about being strong and emotional, but also saying it’s okay to show your vulnerability; not to have to put a brave face on it.”
Zadig & Voltaire
The hip brand was back on the Paris calendar after several seasons showing in New York. What remain true was that cool girl style synonym with the label. Pantsuits were styled open over lingerie, or else ultra-short shorts exposed a whole lotta leg. French standbys such as the marinière sweater were reconfigured asymmetrically, revealing the shoulders, while a white eyelet handkerchief dress was shielded by an oversize white leather bomber as a fresh masculine-feminine match.
“More or more” ruled this immersive, digital presentation set against a continuation and refinement of the 3-D molding technique Demna Gvasalia introduced last season: a series of femme-fatale replicas in strong-shoulder, nipped-waist coats, “neo-tailoring” and oversizing galore.
Alessandro Michele continues his fascination with all things past mixed and unmatched with everything but the kitchen sink. Cue glitter and Lurex and fringe, ostrich-feather showgirl fans, a pair of jeans cut like chaps with chains as suspenders worn beneath a perfectly straight tweed blazer. Plus lots of GG-logo, of course.