6 main trends at the Paris Fashion Week
What does haute couture look like on the eve of a new decade? We answer this question by examining the main trends of the collections of the autumn-winter 2019/2020 season.
High-class tailoring, chiseled fit and restraint of forms are the main characters of this season's couture collections. The show Alexandre Vauthier, Fendi and Armani Privé opened the perfect costumes in the style of Le Smoking, thus making it clear that similar images will dominate the catwalks. Many tuxedo interpretations were also presented by Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy and Chanel.
The stars of the season were voluminous dresses, a source of inspiration for which, apparently, was Shakespeare's Ophelia. Color and romance were key codes for Pierpaolo Piccioli in the Valentino collection. Ralph & Russo, Givenchy, Guo Pei and Fendi were presented in abundant puffy skirts, hoods and wide sleeves. Wearing such an outfit, you can really feel how the whole world turns into a stage.
In the animal world
The animalistic prints that have been current for several seasons have tightly occupied a new – couture – niche. Woven, embossed or embroidered, they were present in the collections of the season autumn-winter 2019/2020 in all types and shades.
Light pleating and drapery, reminiscent of a similar element of the attire of the ancient Greeks, most often this season used to expose the skin and create light images. Designers in every possible way turned the meters of silk into outfits of uncomplicated forms. In turn, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented a collection dedicated to mythology, and demonstrated clothes that were generously covered with prints referring to ancient culture. And models in white dresses completely resembled goddesses who descended from Olympus.
Inspired either by the fashion of the 1980s, or by the images of angels, shoulders and sleeves in many collections looked extremely dramatic. Fendi turned to voluminous shapes, Azzaro and Givenchy looked white and feathers, Zuhair Murad's collection was decorated with capes and flowing capes, and Maria Grazia Curie presented the image of a black angel, whose plumage created from dark skin and iridescent feathers. Most of all struck by the beauty of the geometric wings of Iris Van Herpen.
Designers see the fashion of the beginning of the new decade mainly in soft, not sharp colors. The delicate pastels of many collections counterbalance the dark Christian Dior palette, where Maria Grazia Curie showed almost completely black bows. A noticeable feature of the new season was the smoothness of the forms, which finally ousted sharp geometric silhouettes.
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