Fall/Winter 2019 is the final season of this decade; Paris Fashion Week celebrated the end of the 2010s with many amazing catwalk collections showing plenty of feathers and glitter but also premium basics to be layered in A/W19-20.
One of the major trends we spotted was head-to-toe dressing, such as black-on-black and beige-on-beige looks. Another strong trend during PFW A/W19-20 were trans-seasonal items like pastels and florals that one is used to seeing in summer but are now worn in winter, and layering of sheer “boudoir-esque” dresses over other slip dresses. The latter made us feel the power of Millenials and their love of staying home called JOMO, “the joy of missing out”: slip dresses and comfortable premium basics, perfect for having friends over for drinks instead of going out.
Here are some of the highlights of the Paris Fashion Week A/W19-20 runway shows:
We must start with Chanel of course. The final collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld before passing away took us to the mountains. It seemed like a tribute for himself by himself; the show was a display of what Lagerfeld had done best over the 35 years leading Chanel. We saw beautiful bouclé skirt-suits, checked tweed coats and wonderful dream dresses that the models presented in a mountain village covered in snow with alpine hotels. Lagerfeld recreated this winter wonderland in Le Grand-Palais for Paris Fashion Week A/W19-20.
The young designer Julien Dossena, creative director at Paco Rabanne, brought the elegance and flair of the Old Hollywood divas to his PFW A/W19-20 catwalk and sprinkled it with some ’70s glamour. Dossena explained: “it’s about how you uplift yourself through a dress. That’s what we all expect from fashion, you know, that thrill when you wear something special? It gives you power; it gives you confidence.”
The British label created by the late Alexander McQueen showed at PFW A/W19-20 a collection that was an ode to the traditions and culture of the United Kingdom; the made-in-England wool and Prince of Wales check, the festival traditions, the Suffragette white dresses, the punks and New-Wave. With all that, the designer Burton mixed some unexpected materials such as palettes cut from a loom’s heddles or scraps of fabric turned into beautifully ruffled embroideries that embellish a skirt in the best upcycling manner.
Dries Van Noten
We loved the chic tuxedo and the gold glitter trousers layered under a sheer veil, more glam, impossible! A model in a pinstriped belted pantsuit carrying a matching puffer stole opened the A/W19-20 collection at Van Noten’s Paris Fashion Week show. The grey-on-grey looks, beautiful purple coat and thee pastels flower printed garments are perfect for chic office looks. Van Noten evening wear is extremely elegant, with hints of gold and silver embellishing the black pieces.
The A/W19-20 collection Saint Laurent presented at PFW was inspired by the house’s Opium and Scandal couture collections of 1971; evening jackets embellished with beads paired with shorts and boots, and World War II-era clothing revisioned by Anthony Vaccarello, the creative director at Saint Laurent.
The die-hard Céline fans couldn’t be happier about the label’s A/W19-20 collection that was clearly a return to the “old Celine” style for the first time since Heide Slimane took over the fashion house. This collection was all that made Celine the number one label for chic upper-class Parisians.
Photo via Chanel – Actress and house ambassador Penélope Cruz.