Paris Fashion Week 2022

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The Latest Fashion Moments from Paris Fashion Week 2022

Against the looming shadow of the conflict in Ukraine, a number of designers, including Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia and Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, utilised their social media platforms and status to amplify the plight of Ukrainians. To a sombre tone, Paris Fashion Week’s all-star schedule continued on nonetheless, kicking off on Tuesday to bring the long-awaited return of in-person runway events in the city of lights.

Set to wrap up on March 8, Paris Fashion Week will feature the collections of Rick Owens, Vivienne Westwood, Herm├ęs, Louis Vuitton and Valentino, to name but a few high-fashion titans. From Virgil Abloh’s final Off-White to Dior’s utilitarian looks, here are some of the best fashion moments of Paris Fashion Week so far.

Off-White

Opening Paris Fashion Week on Monday was the late Virgil Abloh’s final collection for his personal brand Off-White. The renowned designer’s post-humous collection brought together a number of celebrities including Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Pharrell Williams and Olivier Rousteing.

Comprised of more than 80 looks, the presentation titled ‘Spaceship Earth: an Imaginary Experience’ wasn’t strictly ready-to-wear. Featuring 28 haute couture looks, the collection highlighted Abloh’s talents in creating sartorially-embedded messages while referencing, challenging and moulding pop culture. High-fashion looks took character labels such as “The Carrie B”, “The Businesswoman”, “The Diva” and “The Bride”. Models held a large flag printed with “Question Everything” on it.

Off-White Autumn/Winter 2022
Off-White Autumn/Winter 2022
Off-White Autumn/Winter 2022
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Dior

Through intricate embroidery, utilitarian accessories, moto jackets and corsetry-infused coats, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s latest collection sought to “express the complexity of fashion that revisits heritage in order to conceive the lines of tomorrow.”

Opening the show with a wired glow-in-the-dark catsuit, Dior’s Autumn/Winter show explored Chiuri’s fascination with futuristic technologies and the “performative relationship between the body and the garment in a technical, aesthetic perspective”. This also saw Dior revisit the iconic Bar Jacket and juxtapose sensual sheer mesh with practical sportswear.

Dior Autumn/Winter 2022
Dior Autumn/Winter 2022
Dior Autumn/Winter 2022
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Balmain

Another exploration of futuristic aesthetics came from Olivier Rousteing, who showcased a collection defined by armoury, both in a practical fashion sense and a metaphoric one. According to the show notes, Balmain acknowledged that its latest collection was “not designed as a direct response to the horrific invasion of our neighbours” but was centred around the message of standing united in solidarity and relying on the power of hope and truth to push back against hate, lies and aggression.

Offering sculptural breastplates and corsetry, padded jackets and futuristic moto-gear inspired looks, Balmain’s Autumn/Winter 2022 collection was undoubtedly utilitarian.

Balmain Autumn/Winter 2022
Balmain Autumn/Winter 2022
Balmain Autumn/Winter 2022
Source: Vogue

Rick Owens

Conjuring more serenity and evangelism than Rick Owens’ usual dark and Gothic vibes, the latest collection featured plenty of all-white looks, pastels and heavenly silhouettes. Exaggerated coats and structural wing-like shoulder pads offered an almost angelic look as models strode through clouds of smoke.

During times of heartbreak, beauty can be one of the ways to maintain faith.

Rick Owens
Rick Owens Autumn/Winter 2022
Rick Owens Autumn/Winter 2022
Rick Owens Autumn/Winter 2022
Source: Vogue

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