Paris Fashion Week SS20: 5 best moments from Dior, Saint Laurent, Mame Kurogouchi, and Dawei
DIOR: GARDEN PARTY
Favourite looks: From prim schoolgirl to glamorous gowns, the 90 looks shown on the runway demonstrate that the Dior woman always looks super chic, regardless of whether she has to tend to a garden or attend a ball. The nature-inspired theme of the show shone through the clothes as well, with the floral motif appearing on dresses, skirts, and even a suit.
Favourite detail: The unlikely star of the show would definitely have to be the cerulean shirts spotted on countless models. Worn tucked into full skirts, or underneath rompers and pinafore dresses, the ubiquitous blue top provided the perfect contrast for many of the sandy-toned outfits.
Favourite accessory: Everyone's talking about the raffia hats but while the headgear was indeed iconic for the season, the one accessory that repeatedly caught our eye was the gold chokers that were layered over shirts, reminding us of an ultra-luxe version of clerical collars.
MAME KUROGOUCHI: NATURE CALLING
Favourite looks: Texture is a big deal for the Japanese brand this season, with plenty of lace, tulle, pleats and more providing an interesting contrast to each other. Designer Maiko Kurogouchi was inspired by the idea of a beautifully wrapped Japanese confection come to life, and this was a constant theme seen throughout, from the multiple layered fabrics to the soft, billowy silhouettes.
Favourite detail: Bike shorts? Looks like they won't be going away any time soon. But unlike the athleisure take we've seen on celebrities and models off-duty all summer, the sporty short now doubles up as underwear — literally — and acts as the modest layer beneath see-through mesh and lace skirts.
Favourite accessory: Clear, plastic handbags in odd shapes and sizes. Can we say, #InstagramWorthy?
SAINT LAURENT: SLEEK & SHINY
Favourite looks: Dark, rainy and moody — punctuated by the occasional glare of hundreds of revolving spotlights and the Eiffel Tower glimmering in the distance — the setting at Saint Laurent could not have been a better backdrop to the the looks that walked the runway. Anthony Vaccarello kept close to the signatures of the house: black, sexy, and plenty of nighttime glamour, but with a modern touch, he re-imagined the Le Smoking jacket with tiny shirts and bermuda cut-offs, and injected a shot of hippie glamour with barely-there chiffon blouses and beautifully embroidered dresses with a gold paisley sheen.
Favourite detail: It goes without saying: the Saint Laurent woman has always been sexy, sensuous, with a hint of rebellion. This season, that sexiness gets even bolder with graphic cutouts on bustiers that show off skin like a work of art.
Favourite accessory: These days, there’s no escaping a great placement of a logo. Yes, the ‘YSL’ emblazoned sandals are in vogue again, and this time, at skyscraper-worthy heights.
DAWEI: EARN YOUR STRIPES
Favourite looks: First it was sporty, then came the interesting shirting, and finally, oversized coats and soft fabrics that floated down the runway. At first glance, the clothes presented on the runway may seem a bit diaparate, with the idea of stripes being the main unifying factor amongst the different looks. But closer inspection reveals an attention to detail that makes otherwise basic pieces covetable, like the cutout details on the knitwear, or asymmetrical lines that were expertly draped.