Paris Fashion Week to me is these seven collections — Balenciaga, Givenchy, Haider Ackermann, Celine, Maison Martin Margiela, Chloe, and Alexander McQueen. If the whole fashion world suddenly shrunk to these seven brands nothing would change for me.
They are, like, different edges of the same woman, the woman who is confident about herself, what she is wearing, where she is going. She knows how to cross the line, she knows how not to. Either way she keeps it classy. Brands aren’t really important for her — she doesn’t chase the labels or It-things. What matters is how their collections match her personality. And these seven never fail to match every aspect of her life for 100%. They are the blueprint for building the looks and shopping whatever the budget. They are her everyday inspiration.
Haider, Margiela, and Balenciaga have already happened, and now I look forward to seeing Celine and Givenchy (tomorrow), Chloe (on Monday), and McQueen practically closing the whole fashion month on Tuesday.
Layers and belts are essential for the Haider Ackermann look. They twist the whole idea of business suiting and smart casual outfits. They almost manifest “I have my own dress code whether you like it or not”.
Maison Martin Margiela
It really is devil in the details at MMM. It’s amazing how our minds perceive something. We simply build the picture based on our previous visual experience. Margiela shows how deceptive it can be. And laughs at it out loud.
Nicolas Ghesquière is another fashion magician but he makes his magic in a diffrent way. For instance, the tweed-loking outfits are in fact embroidery, and cosy knitted T-shirts are shockingly stiff as they’ve been dipped in glue. Every look has a story to tell.