Stylist and designer Sofia Achaval de Montaigu recaps some of the highlights from the second full day of Paris Fashion Week.
1. John Galliano takes on streetwear at Maison Margiela.
John Galliano mixed art and modernism at the Grand Palais for Maison Margiela’s fall 2018 show. The influence of streetwear and athleticwear was obvious in the oversized silhouettes and high-top trainers used throughout the collection. The bold color pallet featured a lot of black and irridescence with hits of neon yellow and something approaching Yves Klein blue popping up throughout. A large iridescent bag was a standout among the accessories, which, like the clothes, were generally oversized. Almost every look included a hoodie with a little hat over it and the use of clear plastic throughout the collection many of the looks a shape-shifting quality.
2. Lacoste creates their own secret garden.
Lacoste’s fall 2018 collection was a perfect mix of nature and fashion: from raincoats drenched in jungle images to rubber-heeled boots, the brand represented “chic meets cool” at its best. The models wore very little make-up, all the better for them to display the checkered raincoats and the little bucket hats that accompanied many of the looks.
3. It was romance as usual at Rochas.
Models walked down the runway at the Grand Palais accompanied by a dramatic soundtrack that made the atmosphere mysterious and glamorous. The first look, an extra-large brown suit, set the tone for a collection full of masculine influences. Oversized outerwear was mixed with ladylike separates and easy-to-wear dresses in a color palette that included brown, light blue, purple, green, gold, black and yellow. It was a solid, if not exactly groundbreaking, collection from designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua, who joined Rochas in 2013 when then-creative director Marco Zanini left the brand for Schiaparelli.