The Spring 2019 trends predict an extravagant season. We’ve been all about maximalism since last year, and the era of details isn’t going anywhere soon. During the last fashion month, designers used bows to spice up their collections. Feast your eyes on these runway looks that prove bows are fashion‘s chicest detail.
As we are approaching the end of another Paris Fashion Week, it’s time for a recap. Since not everyone has the time to spend hours on the internet looking at the Spring 2019 collections, we rounded up the 8 best that were fabulous and out of this world. You’ll see designers such as Alessandro Michele and Gucci, Anthony Vaccarello from Saint Laurent, Virgil Abloh with Off-White and more. They all stuck to their recognizable aesthetics, but strongly respected the DNA of the labels they design for.
Paris Fashion Week is officially on, so there’s nothing better than highlighting a dramatic fashion moment. A number of designers such as Alessandro Michele from Gucci and John Galliano from Maison Margiela once again opted for opulence with a strong dose of spectacle. We rounded up some of the fiercest looks from the SS 2019 PFW runways that you simply have to see.
It seems that the fashion industry is becoming more aware of the importance of using sustainable fabrics. The hype about finding reasonable sources to create and deliver ethical fashion is real. A number of designers have already joined the no-fur club, and some of them even went vegan. The latest high-end fashion house to accept a no-fur policy is Maison Margiela. Their creative director, John Galliano is the one who announced the news.
John has been a long-time friend with the Senior Vice President of PETA Dan Mathews. The first met on a beach in France and have talked about this topic on numerous occasions. The designer and Mathews became very close friends, and the PETA VP had a strong influence on John’s views. First, he convinced him to become a vegetarian, then introduced him to a number of sustainable fabric alternatives. Galliano has been a vegetarian for quite a while, but he admits he didn’t do it for the animals, but for the care of his own body. The eccentric designer got a whole new point of view once he adopted his dog Gypsy.
“I was swimming in the sea with Penélope Cruz in Saint-Tropez. And just then, Dan’s face popped out of the water. It was like in “Jaws’‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Üvery frightening. I knew PETA’s work, I respected them, but their reputation preceded them. You can be outrageous and fun without fur! Come and party with us, you’ll see! Fur used to be associated with luxury ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë¬¨‚àÇ what is a true luxury today? It’s authenticity. And inventiveness ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë¬¨‚àÇ Today we don’t want a product, we want ethics, a firm that defends the values that we admire.’- Galliano explained.
John is a well-known fur lover. Ever since his early designing days, he was keen on including this animal-derived fabric in his eccentric collections. The designer has had quite a turbulent career, including being fired from Dior and having to go to court for his insulting anti-Semitic comments. He became the creative director of Margiela in 2014 and hasn’t used fur for quite a while on runway shows. Once Dan started sending him samples of PETA-approved materials, Galliano started thinking about all the innovative ways he could use them in Maison Margiela’s collections.
In the past year, a lot of luxury brands pledged to stop using fur in all of their future collections. Gucci announced their decision in October and promised that they will be selling all of their residue fur items on an auction. The proceeds will be donated to animal care groups. Michael Kors, Furla, and Versace are also high-end labels which will be staying away from fur starting from 2018.
Today is officially the last day of the exciting fashion month. Paris Fashion Week was as extravagant as always and full of surprises. Now, we can finally review all the latest trends, and start getting ready for Spring 2018. Accessories are always an important part of your outfit. And no one does accessories better than French fashion houses. Unlike London and New York, where jewelry was mostly down-to-earth and delicate, in Paris, we saw many striking pieces. Starting from dramatic earrings, to elegant necklaces and chic berets, luxury brands have it all. If you love adding details to your looks, you will be amazed at the latest accessory trends.
Dior was all about the Parisian chic in their Spring 2018 show. Berets, colorful bags, and cool sunglasses were dominating the runway. Bags were available in all sizes and colors, and you can already see the biggest influencers wearing them.
Statement earrings are going to be huge in the upcoming season. Dries Van Noten included some of the most mesmerizing earrings we’ve seen during this fashion month. In his beautiful show, models wore eye-catching large earrings that had different shapes and were encrusted with colorful crystals. John Galliano always has a surprise or two up his sleeves. For the Spring 2018 Maison Margiela collection, Galliano also designed dramatic earpieces. Additionally, Undercover’s models wore dazzling pearl earrings that were on the edge of elegant and excessive.
It seems that 90s-inspired sunglasses are here to stay. Virgil Abloh and Off-White did a great throw-back to that decade, starting with clothes and finishing off with accessories. His Matrix-like sunglasses were the ideal addition to his royal-inspired collection.
Here are some of the best accessory trends seen on the runways during SS 2018 Paris Fashion Week from luxury brands such as Dior, Saint Laurent and more.
When it comes to John Galliano, one should always expect the unexpected. For his latest Maison Margiela fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection, the controversial designer took Paris Fashion Week by surprise unveiling a runway show that was all about apparent low-profile proposals, lightweight detailing and heavily deconstructed figures, which transformed themselves into something different, always playing with our perception and visions on fashion.
Showcased at Le Grand Palais in Paris and figuratively dubbed “défilé‘ (show, parade, march), Galliano’s Maison Margiela fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection was a parade of unexpected patterns and moments indeed, with the most remarkable one being the notorious Margiela5AC bag styled as an unconventional headpiece, the feathery embellishments of which seemed to be solemnly marching in step with the model who was donning it.
Paired with a plain simple bodysuit and a pair of Nineties-inspired jeans, the bag/headpiece (which was one of the first items to be revealed) quickly set the mood for the entire runway show, which all in all alternated extremely conventional, day-to-day items with one-of-a-kind, if not even haute couture-esque staples, leaving the onlookers with mixed emotions and in a sort of “fashion limbo’ that is extremely hard to describe.
As a whole, the Maison Margiela fall 2017 collection was relatively coherent, with blocks of different motifs having been showcased in groups of circa 7 different proposals. For his collection, creative director John Galliano started off with the most polished, neutral-toned proposals, alternating oversized figures with hourglass silhouettes. He then went on analyzing more deconstructed, conceptually urban staples, toying both with geometric patterns, and with see-through and metallic fabrics.
After treating us to a sort of contrasting urban/anti-urban array of garments, Galliano decided it was about time to add patchworks of colors and patterns to the collection, serving up more complex, structured outfits that consisted of multiple layers of items, such as trench coats, skirts, dresses and crop-top. Lastly, he took all of the previous patterns and reassembled them all together into something new that could be described both as (sub)urban-chic and futuristically deconstructed.
Among the many varsity jackets and sweaters worn as dresses when without pants, John Galliano also managed to inject an unexpected political turn into his collection, too. If one looks closer at the trench coats, he will immediately spot the khaki one with a tailored, Forties-inspired cut-out neckline and, above all, a stencil of the Statue of Liberty sliced in the back. Although Galliano has yet to release any comment, his point of view regarding the current political situation in the USA appears clear.
Last but not least, one cannot mention the Maison Margiela fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection without acknowledging makeup artist Pat McGrath’s works, which for this specific runway show mainly consisted of gorgeous, bold white eyeshadows and bleached eyebrows I personally immediately fell in love with.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
The latest MM6 Maison Margiela fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection just brought the “everyday, elevated’ message to London Fashion Week structured through the latest MM6 pre-fall line-up, literally elevating it to the next level and treating us to even more tailored and clean-cut ensembles for the next winter season.
As soon as the first proposals were revealed, MM6 Maison Margiela’s designing team’s care for each garment became apparent, as they focused on artfully arranged combinations of items, as well as on utterly well tailored lines. As a result, the MM6 Maison Margiela fall/winter 2017-18 ready-to-wear collection looked refined and couture-esque, even if unapologetically wearable and versatile.
This 21-piece collection focused on cozy separates perfect to wear on a daily basis, which will very likely appeal to those who love apparent low-key items that, in reality, exude elegance and are basically tailored to needs. From coats (the collection’s key items) to shirts, the MM6 Maison Margiela fall 2017 ready-to-wear line-up was both winter-approved and funny to play with, especially with all those USB charging cord belts that became functional when wrapped around the waists.
The collection’s color palette was minimally fun too, with dark-toned grays and burgundies being interrupted by more lightweight whites and ochres. As usual, the MM6 team emphasized the fabrics more, with luxe velvets, leather and textured wools embracing the winter feel to the fullest.
Although being pretty minimalist, this MM6 collection winked at its big sister Maison Margiela’s line, with oversized silhouettes and asymmetrical patchworks sewn on the trousers revamping the collection with something contrastingly playful.
What was even more Martin Margiela-inspired, however, was the runway show itself. MM6 designers wanted to speak up against the prejudices and convictions regarding both their own MM6 line, and ready-to-wear collections and shows in general, as the industry’s frenetic schedules got people thinking those who are designing and manufacturing clothes are sort of automatons. The runway show, which lasted more than an hour, could be described as a performative response to such misconceptions, as it saw the designers cutting and fitting the actual pieces, tailors printing 100 limited-edition invitation t-shirts that will be sold out soon, stylists working on the finished looks and then models and photographers working on the lookbook.
Those who attended the show thus had the chance to see what it actually takes to assemble both a collection and its respective runways show and lookbook, and that there is no such thing as “fast-fashion’ when it comes to MM6 Maison Margiela.
Under these premises, we expect 2017 to be guided by revolution for MM6 Maison Margiela (and even for Maison Margiela too).
Photos courtesy of Vogue
An empowered kind of woman just took on a life of her own thanks to John Galliano’s latest take on the couture season, with his newly unveiled Maison Margiela Couture spring/summer 2017 collection already being one of Paris Fashion Week‘s most acclaimed runway shows.
Like couturiers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Donatella Versace, whose Chanel, Dior and Atelier Versace Couture spring 2017 collections accordingly were all filled with empowering notes, for his Maison Margiela Couture line-up, Galliano opted for similar fashion warrior motifs, this time around, however, translated to a more steam-punk-inspired scenario.
Heavily deconstructed and with matching patterns to create the illusion of a controlled chaos, the Maison Margiela Couture spring 2017 collection is richly textured in both fabrics and shapes, the geometry of which created two different (yet equally appealing) patterns. While on the one hand we have minimalistic, clean-cut silhouettes, the deconstructed shapes of which got realized with strategic cut-outs at the height of the shoulders and waists, on the other we have cascades of layers, ruches and frills with juxtapositions dynamically reviving the collection with a more contrasting touch.
To let us appreciate the differentiation of such dichotomist patterns more, as well as to let us better experience a revisited standard Margiela-appropriate allure, creative director John Galliano decided to structure his Maison Margiela Couture spring 2017 runway show in a way that both sections could be visibly and easily distinguishable, with the more minimally deconstructed one paving the way for the latter.
Although polar opposites in figures, lines and cuts, both sections feature a common fil rouge that, ironically, is rouge indeed. Black, white and beige aside, the collection’s color palette features a fiery shade of red that harmoniously links all of the line-up’s pieces to one another, and that could be easily found both in the accessories and in the patterns and detailing of the garments.
The latter also feature some of the most astounding motifs we yet had to see ever since Galliano became the creative mind behind the mansion, and which mostly include faces either embroidered on the cloths or realized with layers of tulle on the garments.
Although being at times almost imperceptible at first glance, Galliano’s faces come alive as soon as the models that are wearing them start walking down the runway, revealing a play of contrasts that is already one of Paris Fashion Week’s most talked-about topics.
To recall both the embroidered faces and matching motifs, Galliano decided to pair most of the Maison Margiela Couture spring 2017 proposals either with steam-punk hats and headpieces, or mysteriously gloomy masks, which inevitably structure the shapes even more.
As for the overall inspirations the collection treated us to, we must say that the wool coats with satin silk accents, along with the black décortiqué satin ball gowns, the off-white crochet dress layered over a red tulle dress, as well as the collection’s star piece, namely an imposing black dress with one of Maison Margiela’s most voluminous gowns ever, are the proposals that won’t go quickly forgotten for sure.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
There’s already a common pattern that links most of this Paris Fashion Week‘s runway shows with one another, and it is that of the architectural lines and deconstructed pieces. The Maison Margiela spring/summer 2017 collection, which also looked like a sort of revisited, lighter evolution of the brand’s fall 2016 couture line, is perfectly in tune with such a pattern too, as its proposals often surprised us with deconstructed lines and structured cuts at times even worn all at once.
This Maison Margiela spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection is particularly inspiring in terms of accessories, hairstyles and makeup, too. As for the latter, John Galliano asked MUA Pat McGrath to join the show and just have fun with the models’ looks, which as a result looked anything but boring.
It is also interesting to notice how the makeup and the collection’s looks harmoniously went hand in hand, with the models being almost bare-faced at the beginning of the runway show, while showing off more colorful and jocose makeup looks during the remaining part of the show.
For his Maison Margiela spring 2017 collection, John Galliano meticulously arranged his show in blocks of coherent chromatic patterns, with the first part of the collection being monochrome and neutral, the second one displaying multicolored yet dark-toned hues, and the last one being mostly cheerful.
Although the line-up featured almost every kind of color, John Galliano chose blue, yellow and beige as his favored summer hues, giving us softer, more neutral looks, as well as more summer-in-the-sun-approved ones.
As usual he added a few conceptual, haute couture-esque, if not entirely abstract looks to the collection, which this time around recall not only the seaside, but also sea-related activities, such as diving. The many deconstructed skirts in a plastic blue material, shell-like effects and sheer, voluminous blue shirts surely helped the marine patterns find their way through the collection.
With Maison Margiela’s signature touch being highly futuristic, and this specific collection being all about summer and sophisticated summer-ready looks, John Galliano could not, of course, refrain from mixing such vibes all together, showing off a sort of futuristically maritime attitude toward the end of the runway show.
When not mixing fragments of high-streetwear with sea motifs, John Galliano opted for ultra-polished Twenties and Thirties-inspired touches, of course, deconstructing them with asymmetrical cuts, feathery appliqués, and revisited essentials.
As for what we saw during both the Milan Fashion Week and the first shows of the current Paris Fashion Week, Galliano also focused on the waistlines, with bon-ton coats, oversized jackets with checkered prints, skirts and bodycons all featuring cloth belts. Only one single outfit featured the signature Twenties-inspired drop waistline, but inevitably went unnoticed among the many hourglass figures.
Quirky caps, high heels with exaggerated pumps and tote bags completed all of the looks, literally treating us to an astounding amount of accessory pieces we really look forward to!
Photos courtesy of Vogue
The MM6 Maison Margiela spring/summer 2017 collection was shown with a very interesting feel to it. While French designed MM6 by Maison Margiela is the more youth geared section of the Maison Margiela fashion house, it is still definitely as conceptual, stentorian and mystifying as the main brand. In this collection there are a lot of different looks that are going off in a lot of different directions.
While many will be uncertain about some of the symbolism, if that was in fact intended to be symbolism, it does make for an overall interesting showing for the MM6 Maison Margiela spring 2017 ready-to-wear lineup. There were multiple depictions of an orange tabby cat playing with the famous death’s head hawkmoth.
The death’s head hawkmoth was made famous in The Silence of the Lambs poster and promo materials for the movie. It is an ominous and well-known symbol that is shown frequently in the collection to whatever end the designer intended. On a lighter note, there is also another cat image that is slightly more ethereal featured on one of the skirts in the collection.
There was a nearly satirical approach taken with the showing of the collection. Short metallic boots and other boots as well, some of which appear to be cowboy ‘booties’ with a lot of glitter, head kerchiefs and blank and turned down expressions on the models faces unconventionally complete all the looks.
The loose hanging tabby cat sweater was seen in three looks, twice as a shirt and once with the shirt on the models waist. Huge headpieces adorned a few looks, and an interesting leather jacket and a leather vest were also shown.
There is a vast array of styles that designers put out and there are plenty of people who will be incredibly interested in this line. Some of them are long denim skirts, short leather skirts and even a long hanging belt, which will be very popular for spring of 2017. One skirt even had a backwards appearance but a very cute top that featured red and white stripes.
There are other long skirts, one of which has a train, oversized pieces, plastic appearing completely see-through pants and boyfriend style jean shorts. There are red track pants beneath what appears to be a deep V-necked slip dress with a lace bottom. There is even a set of camouflage outfits.
The MM6 Maison Margiela spring/summer 2017 collection was shown as a different, out of the box presentation of style. While some may not get the point of the collection or even be particularly interested in a majority of the pieces presented, there are plenty who will be ecstatic and ready to purchase their favorite pieces. Style is subjective after all.
Photos courtesy of Vogue