Valentino Fall Winter 2018 PFW

Valentino’s Fall Winter 2018 collection by Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli is all about romanticism as strength. Simplicity reveals grace. Flowers define silhouettes. Colors multiply in the symphony of a monochrome that is disrupted by multiple weavings. Hoods become an elegant accessory, sartorial intarsia as blooming flowers: a new way revealing the idea of strong and contemporary romanticism and its magic. One of the standouts is the red look characterized by a very special way of layering a masculine oversize jacket on a tone sur tone short dress and pants. Unexpected tones of different greens give a touch of lightness to coats. Volumes expand and the entire collection leaves its sign. Another breathtaking look is the multiflowers intarsia gown worn by model Kaia Gerber. The final look of the show is characterized by beautiful intarsia pansy flowers, standing for the free thinkers and for the strong power of romanticism. Discover the full collection below.

 

BALENCIAGA Fall Winter 2018 PFW

Demna Gvasalia presented his first coed show for BALENCIAGA’s Fall 2018 collection, set around a big “snowy” mountain tagged in graffiti inspired by Nineties snowboarders.  The show started off with short velvet dresses for women and velvet turtlenecks for men. Followed by velvet suitings, which afterwards turned to plaids. The eye-popping vivid colors along with signature tailoring, oversized bags and jackets made the collection a standout one. But the key looks were Gvasalia’s extreme layerings — hoodies, ski parkas, preppy staples and garish faux furs had been layered underneath, though the garments were one enormous piece. See the full lineup below.

Givenchy Fall Winter 2018 PFW

Clare Waight Keller unveiled her Fall Winter 2018/19 Givenchy show in Paris’s Palais de Justice. The set was in dark velvet, midnight blue, purple, dark grey and black. It was inspired by the glamorous Berlin nightlife of the 1980s. This season sees “the air thick with sleaze and danger,” said the house.

Oversized fur coats with statement prints opened the collection paired with cuffed boots in soft leather. Eighties influences dominated the collection. The color palette included black and white, peacock blue, and carmine red. The sharp-edged style coats were loosely tied around the waist with big soft floppy leather belts. The leather, zebra and leopard prints were followed with some sequins, and fringing that flowed as the models moved down the catwalk. There was also the return of the oversized bow. See all the runway looks from Givenchy’s Fall Winter 2018 below.

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Sonia Rykiel Fall 2018 PFW

Sonia Rykiel celebrated 50th anniversary with the Fall Winter 2018 collection showcased in Paris. Creative director Julie de Libran said “We’re celebrating 50 years this year and ’68 liberated women and gave them a voice. I wanted to show that I’m one of those women. It’s about creativity through the clothes.”

Julie de Libran travels through and conflates ideas and eras of femininity in the anniversary collection, essentially to bring them to the point of today. The lineup opened with four models clad in head-to-toe furry looks each in a different color.

“This collection is not an homage to, but an honoring of the spirit of Sonia Rykiel, a spirit that encouraged women to live their lives creatively, individually, and out loud — and that includes me,” wrote de Libran in the show notes.

“The spirit of post punk, new wave and pop was quite an influence for me growing up… this was when I discovered how to express myself as somebody who is quite shy, this was how I found my voice and spoke,” she continued.

Libran had girl group Bananarama perform at the show finale, they played their hit cover of “He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’.”

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Elie Saab Fall Winter 2018 PFW

Lebanese designer Elie Saab showcased his Fall Winter 2018 collection at the Grand Palais in Paris, with a collection that exudes dark romance #BouquetsDHiver. There were dark florals, full-sequin outfits appeared shimmering in the dark, high necklines, ruffles, defined shoulders and statement sleeves played into the collection’s air of romance. Touches of blush, powder blue, and burgundy, appear throughout the collection boasting a series of signature floral prints. See the entire collection below.

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Altuzarra Fall Winter 2018 PFW

“Last season, I was inspired by a fictional character, the idea of a fantastical warrior woman. This season as I’m nearing our 10 year anniversary, I have been thinking a lot instead about the Altuzarra woman and the friends and family who embody the brand. The collection grew around the idea of memories of women I grew up with – from my mother getting dressed for work; and my teachers, to women I saw on the street in Paris in the Eighties, and those in the pages of magazines. I was also inspired by the women I work with, the women I am friends with, and the multiplicity of roles they play in their own lives. This is the through-line this collection was built around.” – Joseph Altuzarra.

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