Fashion as a means of protest
Paris Fashion Week 22 is over, and even there, the heartbeats felt in the past weren’t beating that much. The atmosphere was cooled down. Designing a collection during the pandemic for brands that have to grind a lot of money wasn’t the ideal ground.
Furthermore, showing during a war wiped out fashion relevance.
For sure, the war in Ukraine made us wonder what’s the sense in what we do.
Fall/Winter 22 Pret-a-porter
The purpose was to use every single voice, runway, or platform to protest. Even though we have to keep up with our work, we cannot stay silent in front of Ukraine’s tragedy. And so, we really appreciated all the designers who took a stand and raised their voices in support of Ukraine.
As in Milano, the ’90s were leading in Paris too: the white tank top, the slip dress, transparencies, crop-tops were everywhere. Also, Balenciagitis infected all designers in Paris too. In short, it was all about big shoulders.
Paris Fashion Week 22: some random tiny notes
Dior: a futuristic approach mixed with the past generated a far-fetched confusion.
Saint Laurant: this time is yes! Anthony Vaccarello made a very elegant collection respecting the maison’s heritage. The final tuxedos outfits were gorgeous!
Dries Van Noten: the video presentation looked like a commercial to launch his cosmetic line. Time to monetize!
Balmain: Olivier Rousteing is a good designer, but the show was too futuristic. Armours can protect you from haters but will never give you the elegance of a blazer.
Chloé: you can cook without salt, but the food has no taste. We saw some of the classics remixed with well-known marketing trends. However, the collection was insipid, and the beauty created by Natacha Ramsey-Levi vanished.
Uma Wang: a modern and beautiful collection shown through an impactful video.
Issey Miyake: one of the best digital presentations, “sow it and let it grow”, was the message. Indeed, the video was the story of growth and re-birth, which showed the cycle of nature through clothing.
Yohji Yamamoto: can you renovate while being faithful to your style? Only a master like him can do it, and his work is like poetry for fashion. The way he tailored denim was unique.
Boyarovskaya: impactful and chilling video. The Belarusian and Ukrainian duo sends a heartbreaking message.
Ann Demeulemeester: still white sneakers, for real? And weren’t all models wearing the same outfit again this season?
Balenciaga: Gvasalia’s background voice was chilling. His obsession for the East-European refugee outfits was clear so far, but his misshapen imagery never felt so real and angsty.
Valentino: PP Piccioli’s words, before the show, were everything: “we see you, we feel you”. A whole collection in PP Pink and some black. The message was strong, but the choice limited the beauty we used to see at Valentino shows. And the pre-show seemed like a commercial for Spiderman.
Vuitton: Ghesquière too got Balenciagitis! But we loved the tie outfits.
Chanel: a very wearable and balanced tweed story. No headshots.
Miu Miu: from preppy to biker style, call them winter outfits if you live in California! Panties peaking through the waistline recalled the first Dolce&Gabbana. Ok for the coats, jackets and column dresses. The rest, too mini, too cropped.
Paris Fashion Week 22
Unfortunately, the return of the runways signalled the re-awakening of the collateral circus. However, let’s debunk a myth:
Who said video presentations aren’t a valuable means to introduce a collection? Don’t say it again, please.
And above all, one point emerged: activism through fashion is a thoughtful way to bring back a sense of purpose in our work.