The Paris Fashion Week, like London, New York, and Milan, is the climax of weeks and weeks of work. It’s that time when hundreds of fashion editors, models, stylists, assistants, and other stylish people converge in the French city.
Paris Fashion Week is technically not a week; it’s nine days jam-packed with shows, presentations, events, and meetings. As a result, every corner café in the city is equally crowded with fashionable people stopping in for croissants before shows and spritzers after shows.
If you are a fashionista, Paris Fashion Week is the best time to visit the city twice a year to experience the best of the world of fashion.
The team at Delourier brings you the top nine highlights of the 9 days 2022 Paris Fashion Week Season. In case you missed it, this will bring you up to speed on the most talked-about moments and the event’s highlights.
1. A Jam-Packed Event
This season’s Paris Fashion Week came with a jam-packed schedule and an fascinating intensity. Compared to previous seasons, there were 64 shows and 42 presentations on the official schedule, plus there were also more dinners, parties, after parties, and after-after parties to keep people entertained.
2. Coperni Dress Moment
Without a doubt, the most talked-about event of the season, a naked Bella Hadid, appeared on Coperni’s catwalk on Friday night and stood in the center of the stage on a bright white square. Technicians in hazardous white suits accompanied Hadid as they sprayed the model with what appeared to be white paint.
It turned out that the liquid hardened into the fabric, making an off-the-shoulder dress in less than 10 minutes, which Hadid then walked down the runway in.
The technology, developed by the Spanish company Fabricant over two decades ago, uses a unique type of polymer that solidifies into a jersey-like fabric when it comes in contact with the body. Although the technology is intriguing, some questioned whether the moment was planned just to go viral only.
3. Fashion Week Debuts
A number of debuts happened in Paris this season, including those of the Australian label Zimmermann. Victoria Beckham also presented her first show in three years. The collection, which included softer silhouettes in the form of several bias-cut slip dress versions, silk midi-dresses with seductive ruching in the center, and lace opera gloves, was modeled by Gigi Hadid on the runway. Beckham’s minimalistic style was noticeable throughout the collection in a sexier and more contemporary way.
4. Dries Van Noten Makes a Reappearance on the Runway after Covid-19.
The Belgian designer’s return to the runway show after nearly three-year break was favorably greeted by the critics. The show was staged against bare concrete walls in a deserted office building and included 64 expertly crafted looks.
The collection reminded viewers of how potent fashion shows could be — even without the hijinks — as it rose to an optimistic climax of multicolored blossoms and cherry ruffles.
5. Kanye West’s Controversy
In a surprise off-schedule Yeezy show, Kanye West, now known as Ye, sent shirts with the inscription “White Lives Matter” down the runway, bringing the conflict between celebrities and fashion to a climax.
Critics have been compelled to consider the potentially deadly consequences of someone with a platform as large as Ye’s adopting a slogan linked with the far right and promoting it using the Paris Fashion Week. Stunt or not, his particular action dominated the fashion discourse.
Afterwards, he posed arm in arm with Candace Owens, a conservative political commentator, wearing “WHITE LIFE MATTERS” matching t-shirts.
6. A Cameo for Cher
This may have been the best celebrity runway cameo of the week, depending on your musical preferences (and possibly your sexual orientation). Cher, the pop queen, appeared on stage with Olivier Rousteing for Festival 03’s grand finale while donning a specially made metallic bodysuit from Balmain -only icons.
7. A Cameo by Kylie Jenner as Schiaparelli
Kylie Jenner made an appearance at a presentation by Schiaparelli, this time donning a striking royal blue velvet gown.
Attendees to the presentation had the opportunity to talk with Daniel Roseberry, the creative director as he moved around the rooms at the informal event, which was held just next to The Ritz. His designs incorporated the brand’s signature Surrealist themes and were described as “couture to live life in” in the show notes.
8. A Tribute to Issey Miyake
A sizable group of industry professionals attended the Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake’s first runway show since the demise of the company’s founder two months ago at a conference center outside of Paris. As the lights lowered, a series of screens displayed a quote and a photograph in memory of the late Miyake, a well-known figure in the industry who became the first Japanese designer to present at Paris Fashion Week: “I think there is promise in design.
9. Rick Owens’ fuchsia tulle fantasy
Fairytale attire is not something Rick Owens typically produces. This season, the king of dark romanticism from America had a tulle explosion that showed his more delicate side.
The concert was held in Owens’ normal location, the outdoor pool of the Palais de Tokyo. His renowned thigh-high platform boots were paired with pale yellow chiffon wraparound gowns for the launch of the collection. Things took a startling and strange turn midway through when Owens lowered a pair of giant fuchsia tulle gowns featuring cloud-like trains down the runway.
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