Our favorite shows from PFW
See our top 6 favorite shows from PFW SS22 below!
Demna Gvasalia, creative director of Balenciaga, has delivered once again a spectacular show. Taking place in the theatre ‘Place du Chatelet’, for SS22 Demna invited guests, celebrities and models to walk a red carpet and pose in front of a bunch of photographers, unaware that they were actually live streamed and are being watched by the other invitees already inside the theatre. At the end of the show was projected a Balenciaga-themed special episode of The Simpsons. All the known characters were there with fashion figures like Anna Wintour, Kim Kardashion and Demna Gvasalia himself. The SS22 collection was an eveningwear of long gowns, tuxedos, denim and Balenciaga’s signature oversized hoodies.
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For SS22, the designer was carried away by experimentation and explored new shapes and forms. Inspired by the Renaissance painter Pontormo’s, Jonathan Anderson created a dimension to clothing and optical illusions through different drapery techniques. Metal wiring was attached to dresses, trench coats were worn backwards with ‘added bodies’, denim skirts and jackets were twisted, and heels were shaped in forms of roses, candles, bottles of nail polish, cracked eggs and bars of soap. The distorted and daring designs created a playful collection with a fresh choice of colors.
3- Miu Miu
Miu Miu brought back the super low waistline of the early 2000s with cropped tops and jackets. The neutral colored designs looked like school uniforms with pleated skirts, white shirts and ankles socks. On the other hand, other looks were more suited for workwear with beautiful embellished flowers on sweaters and pencil skirts. To end your day with afterwork wear, Mrs Prada designed embellished pastel satin cocktail dresses.
While the models walked the runway, a short video directed by the comedian, Meriem Bennani, played in the background, which showed real footage of a fake front row of guests reacting to the looks.
SS22 marked the 10 years anniversary of creative director Olivier Rousteing for the House of Balmain. For the occasion, the designer created the largest fashion show/music festival with the highest number of guests and was open to the public. Along with a stunning collection, the guests saw live performances of Doja Cat, Franz Ferdinand and a pre-recorded message by Beyoncé.
The first half of the show started with black and white revealing looks, low-waisted trousers, polka dots and striped outfits paired with leather jackets and golden accessories. For the second half of the show, golden toned dresses were designed with embroidered crystals.
The model casting was also well thought of, a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities, and body types. The designer brought back all the supermodels, walking the second half of the show, opening with Naomi Campbell and closing with Carla Bruni. It was a powerful collection in celebration of Olivier’s success over the last 10 years.
5- Saint Laurent
With Yves Saint Laurent, we are taken back to the 80s with the chicest collection yet. Archival looks were reinterpreted through an impeccable tailoring in hues of vibrant blue, purple and red. The show was a tribute to Paloma Picasso and took place within distance of the Eiffel Tower surrounded by a wall of lights. See-through tops and masculine broad shoulders tuxedos were paired with high waisted jeans; spandex bodysuits and twisted draped dresses also completed the collection.
But, it's the accessories that made all the difference : purses tucked in pants, leather colored gloves, geometric earrings and big black circular glasses. Another elegant and feminine collection by Saint Laurent, styled beautifully.
For Chanel’s SS22 collection, Virginie Viard brought back the 80s/early 90s inspired runways and collections. She invited lots of photographers, lining the catwalk, to capture the show and recreated the 80s era of Chanel under Karl Lagerfeld. From the collection, to the way models walked the runway, everything reminded us of the 80s atmosphere.
The show started with black and white high-cut swimsuits from Karl Lagerfeld’s 1980s collections; the iconic tweed everyone has been reminiscing on was back in pastel colors alongside mini sequined shorts and leggings; to finally end the show with fully-printed butterfly flowy dresses.