The silence was intense at Balenciaga, for a show held without any soundtrack as Balenciaga returned to haute couture after half a century. The applause, however, was resounding for creative director Demna Gvasalia.
Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men. The marriage of Jean Paul Gaultier and Chitose Abe of Sacai should have been a blockbuster collection. But after Wednesday’s debut it’s probably best there's a quickie divorce.
Paris couture is not just about dressing billionaires' wives. It’s also about experimentation, and fashionable irony, as seen in three collections Tuesday: Alexandre Vauthier, Viktor & Rolf and Ronald van der Kemp.
Azzedine Alaïa was never, ever going to be an easy act to follow, but before an elite audience at the house’s headquarters, Pieter Mulier unveiled a striking and sculptural debut collection, to win a standing ovation.
We’ll say this much for Virgil Abloh and Off-White, he sure knows how to put on a good show. Like his latest catwalk event on Sunday afternoon in Paris, with M.I.A. performing a live mini-concert at the finale.
Fashionistas have been predicting the death of haute couture for over decade, but when the next Paris haute couture season debuts next week, it will boast more live catwalk shows than any fashion season this year.
There is a great debate in fashion. Will women want elegance and sophistication when the pandemic eventually ends or will their biggest needs just be ease and comfort? Ian Griffiths of Max Mara, believes in the former.