Paris Fashion Week: Saint Laurent, Chloé, Marques Almeida and Guy Laroche slay in the spring/summer 2019 season
In our new fashion week round-up, fashion editor Jolene Khor reports from the ground, the best-ofs of the day in 2s, 4s, and 7s — of surprising moments, trendy accessories and favourite looks from the runway
TWO MOST SURPRISING MOMENTS
- We've dealt with our fair share of rude people at fashion week, but one male guest at Saint Laurent's spring/summer show, in particular, was a class of his own. Because he wasn't assigned a seat and the standing room was filling up, he situated himself on the stairs next to us, which wouldn't have been an issue if he sat down like everybody. However, he insisted on standing even after we told him he was blocking half our view of the runway. Turns out, this unnamed stranger is a friend of Lindsay Lohan. She called out to him after the show and they exited the show venue together.
- One moment we're looking at fur helmets and rebellious tartan dresses while bopping our heads to Princess Nokia's 'Tomboy', next moment came a bombard of red silks, fringed, recalling spaghetti western culture and printed folk dresses presented to the tunes of Dead Combo.
FOUR TRENDIEST ACCESSORIES
- Among glowing palm trees and a glimmering Tour Eiffel, Saint Laurent went all sexy sailor on us at the spring/summer 2019 show, cruising with boater hats in dyed rattan, then anchoring the theme with a red and white striped sequin mini dress (with a plunging neckline, of course).
- For those who thought Matrix-esque micro sunglasses were hard to pull off, Anthony Vaccarello has another style challenge for us: diamond and triangle-shaped sunglasses. Hey, if you want to be a rock star then chiselled jaws or not shouldn't matter here.
- Scuba was a running theme at Calvin Klein #205W39NYC; surfing at Sportmax. We never would have counted on mountain-climbing tropes to show up at Chloé, but we welcome the surprise via the rope belts accessorising almost every spring/summer 2019 look.
- It seems that the mono earring trend will go on to spring/summer 2019. Guy Laroche jumps on board and gets in on the ear cuff trend, only to blow it out of proportion with a graphic hoop. Could be a thing.
SEVEN FAVOURITE LOOKS
- Saint Laurent look #26: Anthony Vaccarello isn't the designer we look to for surprises; the man likes his black black, his shorts short and his dresses slit up to there. Though, spring/summer 2019's Le Smoking is more rock-and-roll than we've seen in recent YSL history. Velvet and silk chevron plus studded stars put Vaccarello's turn on the house icon in the hall of fame. Further electrified by the high-octane violet and itty-bitty corduroy shorts, it takes a real charmer to pull this off.
- Saint Laurent look #41: Standout shades aside, we're digging this snakeskin in snakeskin ensemble. The double bow bandeau on the top and the intarsia work in the bottoms are made for slinky sexy good nights out on the town. A felt hat and headband kick the bohemian up a notch. OTT platform sandals notwithstanding.
- Marques Almeida look #14: Mechanic jumpsuits a la Miu Miu resort 2018 are fine and dandy but practicality is not its strong suit, so to speak. Marques Almeida's fiery overall style can be worn alone with a sports bra or layered atop everything from basic tees to pretty lace blouses.
- Marques Almeida look #28: When most labels do casual decade-based throwbacks, designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida take a journey through a time machine to the Middle Ages, bringing back with them shirts with leg of mutton sleeves, knightly vests and low slung pants with double slits. But this is still Marques Almeida circa 2018, so it's all denim with hems unfinished.
- Guy Laroche look #12: While most of the collection was slightly problematic - the sheer panelling left little to be desired, and little to the imagination come to that - Grace Jones would approve of the '80s noir yin and yang monochrome dress. That's the long and short of it. Pun intended.
- Chloé look #1: Natasha Ramsay-Levi's Chloé girl is still very much '70s at heart this spring/summer 2019. We can't really blame the designer for still being hung up on that decade while others largely have moved on... not when she does it so well. Example: the opener, a dress with sleeves living dual lives. Doubled up are too the belts - one a multi-printed silk piece (featured more prominent in late looks) and another the trendy rope cinch.
- Chloé look ##45: Strongest when dialled back, Ramsay-Levi aces simplicity in her own way in a caped empire waist number. Look closely enough and you'll notice a hint of a print on the whites, making for a special staple, especially when jazzed with heavy set jewellery.
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