Let’s address the fashion elephant in the room first.
Hedi Slimane for Celine (sans the é) has been one of the most speculated over debuts this season, more so than Riccardo Tisci for Burberry. Whether it’s because the style crowd is still recovering from the departure of Phoebe Philo, or the sheer secrecy surrounding the show, all eyes are firmly on Slimane but something tells us he’s not too worried.
After analysing season after season of bold and beautiful collections during his Saint Laurent days, we expect him to bring something of that midnight hour sensuality to a brand that has been creating strong masculine tailoring and statement accessories. Days ahead of the show, Celine announced that Hôtel des Invalides will be the show’s location– same place that he presented his FW14 menswear collection for Saint Laurent.
Then we got a sneak peek at the show invites that included 14 photographs, each depicting historical or iconic nightclubs or night cafes of Paris; like Bus Palladium or Castel. Hedi is especially attached to The Palace where he recently celebrated his 50’s surprise birthday. Coincidentally, it’s where Gucci is staging their SS19 runway.
Alessandro Michele is bringing the Italian fashion house for a one-off event in Paris as final step in the brands tribute to France. After severed heads and dragons, nothing is off limits when it comes to Michele’s wild fantasy and with the venue being an old theatre and nightclub, we anticipate plenty of theatrics.
Maison Margiela is back but with a new show format presenting both men’s and women’s lines, and they’re not the only ones with Clare Waight Keller also opting for a co-ed ready-to-wear collection for Givenchy. The British designer must be getting used to the lime-light after designer Meghan Markle’s royal wedding dress, will there be any hints to it in the SS19 range?
Nicolas Ghesquière received a lot of praise for his recent cruise presentation and as always, Louis Vuitton will close PFW and the fashion month with, what we imagine, another trend-making collection.
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