Stylist and designer Sofia Achaval de Montaigu recaps some of the highlights from the first full day of Paris Fashion Week.
1. Jacquemus takes a trip to Morocco on one of the coldest days of the year.
Jacquemus opened Paris Fashion Week a day early with a show at the Petit Palais on Monday. It was one of the coldest days the city has seen for a long time, yet the collection took its inspiration from a much warmer place — Morocco, which was present from the first look — a beige djellaba — to the last. The designer’s trademark big hats were well represented, of course, perhaps most dramatically in an all-black look that came early in the show, and the mini Jacquemus purses that peppered the collection added further interest (and charm) to the collection.
2. Saint Laurent goes for glam by the Eiffel Tower.
One of the most anticipated shows of any season, Saint Laurent delivered full-on glam for the modern woman at their fall 2018 show. Models walked the runway in a color palette that consisted mostly of black on black, with lots of the novelty of leather mini shorts and classic YSL shirts. The beautifully draped floral dresses towards the end of the show were standouts and, as usual, shoes made the biggest accessory statement, particularly the black fur and crystal stilettos.
3. Dior looks to the ’60s and gets political.
Maria Grazia Chiuri put feminism center stage at the Dior fall 2018 fashion show with a vintage-inspired show that took ’60s tropes and reimagined them in a modern way. The runway was decorated with images of torn up revolutionary magazines, with phrases like “women’s rights are human rights” and “I am a woman” splashed across the walls. Of course, the front row was full of strong, powerful women as well — from Ellen von Unwerth and Carine Roitfeld to Bianca Jagger and Isabelle Huppert.