Paris Fashion Week Round Up

Paris Fashion Week marked the last in a month long journey through the Autumn Winter 19 catwalk shows. It’s arguably the most innovatively sustainable fashion capital of the world, with the government announcing major plans to meet new sustainability targets. Here is our Paris Fashion Week round up.

In January, the Institut Français de la Mode announced their five year plan to make Paris the most sustainable fashion capital in the world. The city plans to implement a three point plan which will see them hit their sustainable targets by the time Paris hosts the 2024 Olympic Games. This comes hot on the heels of LVMH’s annual prize celebrating the future of Fashion. It’s a telling prediction of future fashion innovators. Previous winners have included brave designers such as  Marine Serre, Jacquemus and Vejas. We’re excited to see who wins this years prize.

Image: Alexander McQueen

At Alexander McQueen, a brand grounded in English heritage, designer Sarah Burton celebrated this heritage with an ode to England. She showed wool suits and Prince of Wales checks, a mainstay from the days of Lee McQueen’s Saville Row training. There were also some incredibly elegant examples of up cycling with dresses and suits pieced together from remnants and scraps.

A showstopping silver dress was painstakingly crafted from reused loom heddles. Stella McCartney also experimented with elegant up cycling. Many of the pieces were made from dead stock fabric from previous seasons. This included an incredible dress, made from shreds of vintage t-shirts. Stella also teamed up with her husband, Creative Director of Hunter Boots Alasdhair Willis to make sustainable natural rubber boots!

At Vivienne Westwood, Andreas Kronthaler experimented with proportion and texture. Impossibly oversize shoulders sloped down with dramatic effect. He used fabrics and trims usually found in Grandma’s living room as dresses that were oddly very glamorous.

Image: Marine Serre

Image: Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood

Image: Stella McCartney

Our favourite fashion moment of the week however has to be Marine Serre’s catwalk show in the depths of a former wine cellar on the outskirts of Paris. Riffing on the dark predictions of a what may happen to our planet if we don’t address issues of over consumption, she imagined fashion for a post apocalyptic world. Her signature crescent moon print bodysuits were layered under looks, some complete with freakish face masks. In her imagined world of darkness, reflective fabrics were used practically as outerwear and less practically as couture style dresses. Not to be outdone on the up cycling front, she used a preloved wool scarf as a dress. It’s with thinking like this that Serre’s work continues to challenge and inspire the fashion world.

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