Sofia Achaval De Montaigu’s Paris Fashion Week Diary

by The Daily Front Row

Day 7: September 30, 2018

Balenciaga´s fashion show, as always, was pure avant-garde. The set featured HD videos created by digital designer Jon Rafman broadcast throughout the show,  illuminating Demna Gvasalia’s collection. Plain and solid colors — blue, red, and yellow among them — prevailed, though the animal prints, Eiffel Tower drawings, and plain jackets with wide shoulders were the main attractions.

The Akris fashion show took place at Le Pavillon Ledoyen, and it featured a special appearance from Princess Charlene of Monaco, thanks to a longtime friendship between the brand’s creative director, Albert Kreimler, and the royal. The collection was inspired by the artist Geta Brătescu and her work. Her photo montage “Magnets in the City” (1974) was printed over some of the clothes. And from that same montage the idea of the zippers with metal horseshoes, and enormous magnet sculptures on the runway was born. Other designs like a yellow cape with eye-like drawings and lipstick were also inspired by the artist.

Valentino’s fashion show stood out, as always, thanks to the femininity of the collection. The voluminous dresses were the focus of attention, as were the plaided fabrics used not only in dresses, but also in skirts and tops. My favorites were the dresses with transparencies and sparkly details that could be seen near the end. The feathers on the shoes and some of the clothes gave a trendy touch to the Spring Summer collection.

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