As always, Paris leads with radical looks that are unapologetically extreme and irresistibly exciting.
Whenever I’m in Paris for Fashion Week, the city never fails to take my breath away. It is not called the City of Lights for nothing. The undisputed fashion capital is both a source of inspiration and envy, and it is this dichotomy that propels the designers who show in this fabulous city onward and upward. Which brings me to the new fashion season.
Paris Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter 2016 shows were charged with a new relaxed sensibility, seen in the oversized couture sportswear at Balenciaga, helmed by the visionary Demna Gvasalia, and in homage to Monsieur Saint Laurent in Hedi Slimane’s swansong collection for the French brand.
Other brands, too, sent major fashion messages. Louis Vuitton took its audience to the future with a collection that melded hyper-tech with hyper-fashion, drawing on elements from Japanese anime along the way, while Loewe sent out futuristic urban nomads from Morocco, gilded and adorned with totems and talismans to take on the unforgiving world.
And just when I thought I’d seen it all, Chanel put out a show that celebrated the chicness of Paris’ Right Bank with tailored tweed suits, covetable accessories and party-ready dresses that effortlessly bridge the old world and the new. A beauty tip: go for smoky eyes, one of the top makeup trends this season.
Kenneth Goh, editor-in-chief at Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Chanel, Dior and Louis Vuitton