Last week saw the finale of Paris Fashion Week, which took place from Tuesday, September 27th to Wednesday, October 5th. In today’s post, ACCENT Paris’ Lily Mac Mahon discusses the Chanel and Lanvin shows, as well as the changes that occur within the city during this international celebration of a thriving art form.
For any fashionista, Paris Fashion Week is one of the most anticipated and exciting events of the year. However, if you aren’t a journalist or celebrity, there isn’t much chance of getting in to see any of the shows! Like many of us, you have to experience the glitz and glamour from the sidelines.
The line outside the Lanvin show at Hôtel de Ville. Photo taken by Janie Connelly.
Our very own ACCENT student Janie Connelly, from the University of Southern California, went to the Lanvin show at Hôtel de Ville to do some celebrity-spotting and managed to get snapshots of the supermodel Karlie Kloss and some famous fashion bloggers whose job it is to report on the latest trends.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss. Photo taken by Janie Connelly.
It’s not just outside the fashion shows where you get to feel the buzz of Fashion Week: even walking through the trendy Marais district, you’ll be able to spot all of the beautiful and fabulously dressed people sitting on the terraces of cafés or hopping from boutique to boutique.
Every inhabitant of Paris feels a shift in the city over these 9 days; we’re reminded that Paris is the fashion capital of the world. It’s easy to become cynical when the city is so inundated with fashion news and events. However, I recently saw a quotation from Coco Chanel which challenged my prejudice toward what some call a modern art form:
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
There is art in fashion and fashion in art. You only need to visit the Palais Galliera: Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris to see that fashion goes beyond just sewing pieces of fabric together. There is artistry, skill, and talent in every design and stitch.
Karl Lagerfeld, the outspoken savior of the Chanel maison, staged his Spring/Summer 2017 show at the Grand Palais, and it wasn’t just about clothes: it was a commentary on the dystopian and technologically advanced society that the we live in. Models wore stormtrooper-esque helmets and the backdrop was a circuit-board of colorful cables, which echoed the woven thread of the classic Chanel tweed suit.
As the final days of Paris Fashion Week came to a close, the crowds began to thin out. As quickly as the fashion world descended on the city, it quickly disappeared, and Paris became once again the catwalk of its civilians.
~ Lily Mac Mahon, ACCENT Paris
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