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Converse Shoes To Acrobats, Here Are Your Need to Know Fashion Statements

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Over a few weeks each January and September, publications are flooded with fashion week coverage that all starts to blend together and, next thing you know, you’ve missed this Swingers-tastic dollar-sign shirt or the football helmet-wearing models Virgil Abloh sent down the runway. But I, someone who has a hard time paying attention to most things, have done you the favor of sifting through the coverage to tease out the things you need to know from couture, happening right now in Paris.

 

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Karl Lagerfeld Is Tired

 

At the end of his shows, Lagerfeld typically does a customary walk and wave. This morning at Paris’ Grand Palais, after Chanel’s lavish Tuscan-villa vision, Virginie Viard, the brand’s fashion studio director, came out instead. “For the traditional greeting at the end of the show, Mr. Lagerfeld, artistic director of Chanel, who was feeling tired, asked Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house, to represent him and greet the guests alongside the bride,” Chanel said in a statement.

 

The fashion house wished Lagerfeld a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Karl!

 

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The Best Maternity Dress Ever

 

In what has truly been the era of the confectionary pink dress, Schiaparelli debuted a stand-out, four-tiered creation worn with Converse shoes by pregnant model Erin O’Connor. The whole collection was very fun, with lots of cowboy boots and glitz, but wow, I think you could hide like four pregnant models in that dress?

 

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Dior Ran Away With the Circus

 

Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri turned the Dior runway into a full circus affair, complete with shimmery, aviator-esque skullcaps and acrobats from a female-led British acrobat troupe Mimbre. All body shapes were present, and it was a truly beautiful set. There were plenty of dreamy, romantic tulle dresses paired with ringmaster coats and leather corsets.

 

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Giambattista Valli’s Pretty in Pink

 

I simply never tire of a fun party frock! Maybe because it’s difficult to find an IRL occasion to wear them—city living with its unexpected gusts of wind and harsh subway lighting—but they always seem to frothy and ideal. At Giambattista Valli, ’80s party dresses were the main event. There were lots of oversized bows, lots of pink tulle, and Valli’s signature mullet hem.

 

From Converse Shoes To Acrobats, Here Are The Couture Fashion Week Highlights

Armani’s on the Fringe

 

Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist, the 1970 movie that, it has been said, “offered a blueprint for a new kind of Hollywood film,” provided the soundtrack to Armani’s show at the Place Vendôme. It was an appropriately cinematic score for a very cinematic show. Each look felt like a history-making costume from a film that doesn’t exist, with Art Deco colors and silhouettes (see: the silver jacquard suit and the screen-ready reds and blues). There was also a lot of fringe. It was the kind of show you’ll see images posted on Instagram from 10 years from now. Just look at Céline Dion’s reaction!

 

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Bows and Latex at Givenchy

 

Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller told WWD after her show that her spring couture collection was “all about silhouette, architecture, structure, and just beauty.” From the Atsuko Kudo latex pants to the giant bows on backpacks, all of those qualities revealed themselves. The pieces, like a dramatic blazer accented with a streak of white and worn with black latex pants, evoked power and sexuality.

 

The bows were so enormous, they gave the models wings, taking the bow trend to the next level. A ‘fit with a giant bow, latex hot-pants, AND a blazer? You’d be unstoppable.

 

 

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