DAY 8: March 4, 2019
Instead of chairs or benches, guests at the Alexander McQueen show sat on rolls of cloth and wool from British mills. Sarah Burton returned to where she grew up — Northern England — for inspiration. The collection placed an emphasis on textiles, including leather, tulle, and wool. A dress with metallic laser-cut sequins imitated the sound of a factory floor when it moved. Voluminous dresses with leather belts at the waist kept McQueen’s spirit alive, especially the dramatic red taffeta gown that closed the show.
Giambattista Valli presented his collection at the Palais des Congrès, a modernist venue illuminated with neon vertical lights. Valli proposed boyfriend printed jackets with pink gauze dresses, as to not lose his feminine spirit. There were also leather jackets with droopy shoulders, and gorgeous mini embroidered vests. My favorites looks were the wide and long gauzy dresses with floral prints and asymmetric cuts that seemed to float along the catwalk.
Stella McCartney invited several celebrities to view her new collection, including Oprah Winfrey, Janelle Monáe, and Karlie Kloss. McCartney, a known eco-friendly designer, further promoted her “There She Grows” campaign, which aims to help the endangered Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia. The show featured several recycled dresses made from old shirts. The coats, in fall colors, had shoulder-pads in big sizes, while ones made out of brown faux fur featured printed phrases like “There’s no planet B” and “Earth Day every day.” Models also wore loose dresses in bottle green, pink, and yellow.