DAY 2: June 19, 2019
Virgil Abloh presented Off-White’s menswear collection at the Carreau du Temple, which was turned into a great garden. White carnations sprouted from the floor, and in the middle stood a baby blue statue by Takashi Murakami, who sat front row with Cherry Fakouka. Rappers Ademo and N.O.S. were also in attendance, as were J Balvin and DJ/It girl Sita Abellán. Among my favorite looks were a jacket with sparkles and wide pants with a matching shirt. Another was the oversized coat in a graffiti print worn by Gigi Hadid. The graffiti print was a recurring theme. The show’s magical closure featured all of the models walking out to the song “Blackbird.”
After Off-White we went to Lafayette Anticipations to see JW Anderson’s show. This time, the first row included celebrities like Evan Ross, Maluma, and Kelly Oubre Jr. Knits and tailorings were the collection’s main protagonists, with entire knitted sets with different textures in patchwork style. My favorites were pants with an open shirt in black and beige. Some of the knits were paired with tailored garments, such as grey pressed pants with a knit sweater with strips that let us see a big part of the torso. The models also wore very colorful knit hats that the audience seemed to enjoy.
At the Grand Palais I ran into the likes of Charles Melton, Tamino and Johannes Huebl — all of them anxious to see Pierpaolo Piccioli’s new collection, which was inspired by British painter Roger Dean. The runway was ruled by earthy hues combined with different prints based on Dean’s work. Fanny packs in different sizes, the star accessories, were crossed over the models’ torsos, while hats matching the outfits’ colors did not go unnoticed. One of the most outstanding featured the painting “Floating Islands” printed in a beige raincoat over a shirt and pressed pants, the perfect balance between urban and elegant.