DAY 3: June 20, 2019
Dries van Noten
Dries van Noten’s collection for Summer 2020 was an explosion of colors, prints, and textures. The outfit that opened the show was one of my favorites: a plaid sleeveless shirt with floral-printed pants and an animal print coat. It paved the way for riskier combinations. The show— which was clearly inspired by the ’70s — was a parade of floral, animal, camouflage, and psychedelic prints that were combined with military styled items like trench coats and cargo pants.
Vetements presented its collection in an unusual location: McDonald’s. Refreshments were given to guests, while some of the models walked around with french fries. On the runway, security suits were reinterpreted in Vetements’ signature voluminous style. More oversized clothing followed: enormous blazers, baggy jeans, and big graphic t-shirts. Overalls were the stand-out items, particularly denim ones decorated with embroidery. Meanwhile Natalia Vodianova, who sat front row, stunned in a see-through green dress with a lace around her waist.
The invitation to Louis Vuitton’s show consisted in a little box with a kite and instructions for its set up. It was a clue of what to expect. The show took place outside in the heart of Paris. The little streets surrounding the Place Dauphin acted as the runway. Guests — including Gigi Hadid and J Balvin — sat at little tables on the sidewalk, or on park benches. A crepes cart and a bouncy castle with the brand’s initials completed the setting. Pastel colors dominated Virgil Abloh’s new collection, as well as flower motifs that mirrored the real flowers in the models’ bags. Many of the silhouettes could be described as utilitarian.