Sofia Achaval De Montaigu’s Paris Fashion Week Diary

by The Daily Front Row

Day 6: September 29, 2018

Elie Saab
Elie Saab took the definition of “spring” and made it his own in a collection full of flower prints and vibrant colors. Clearly made for feminine, yet empowered women — as embodied by Olivia Palermo, Paz Vega and Toni Garrn, who sat in the front row — the designs included lace, sequins, sheers, and animal print.

The Paris Longchamp Racecourse was the perfect stage for Hermes’ new collection, that was full of sporty and summery vibes. A perfect balance of vibrant colors like turquoise, earthy hues, and the brand’s signature orange, made for a harmonic show. The bucket-like and the smaller bags with broad leashes were without a doubt among my favorites.

Sonia Rykiel
Sonia Rykiel’s show was not like the others seen at Fashion Week; it was an emotional night for everyone after the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, appeared to celebrate the renaming of a street in Rykiel’s honor. Afterwards, the real party began: men, women, children (including Rykiel´s son), and even dogs walked down the city street-turned-runway in oversized items with fringes and stripes. Julie de Libran created a great collection, in addition to pressing on the use of eco-friendly fabric, something attendees like Ashley Benson celebrated.


Day 4: September 27, 2018

Natacha Ramsay-Levi brought a freshness to the Maison de la Radio when she presented her Spring 2019 collection for Chloé. Relaxed silhouettes were tied with rope belts at the waist. The color palate featured magenta, brick, and blue, but prints were included as well. I ran into some fashionable faces, Lou Doillon, Dree Hemingway, and the Haim sisters, just to name a few — great people watching a great show.

Off-White presented its “Track and Field” collection at Garage Amelot. The show was a perfect fusion of sport-inspired wares and high fashion tailoring. With a new Nike collaboration, and real track-and-field athletes walking the runway along with top models like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber, and Karlie Kloss, designer Virgil Abloh met every expectation and more.

Isabel Marant
Surrounded by walls of silver stripes at the Jardines de Touleris, Isabel Marant presented her collection for men and women, inspired by disco music and the 1980s. Marant’s a proposal included oversize denim jackets, high-waist trousers, dresses, and over-the-knee boots. Metallic one-pieces and exaggerated shoulders also made the cut, and worn by models like Natasha Poly and Kaia Gerber — the latter closing the show in a magnificent sequin sweater dress with knee-high white boots. Influencers like Gala González and Jeanne Damas were in attendance, as was model-turned-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

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