Recap: Paris Fashion Week Day 1

Bonjour from Paris. No, actually, like a lot of you, I’m living Paris Menswear Fashion Week vicariously through Style.com, Instagram and live streaming, which feels sort of sad right? I really wish I could turn back time and delay my trip to Paris just for a week, so I could be there this week to soak in all the fashion madness. Who knows I’d be able to sneak in some shows. Well, that is me and my wishful thinking. Though all the live updates can’t hold a candle next to the actual presence, they do allow us fashion-possessed mortals to experience fashion weeks like we’ve never been able to before. Anyway, I digress. PFW started off fantastically. In fact, has Paris ever been not fantastic when it comes to fashion?

Carven: Carven was among the first shows of the day, and it was downright stunning with the right dose of bright and high-contrast colors as well as generous proportions in tailoring. I feel there’s a whiff of femininity in some pieces of the collection, but given that the collection drew inspiration from French Riviera’s painters or artists or something like that, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, since artists have been said to possess a higher emotional intelligence than normal people. I adore the color-block sweatershirt in look #5, which is very refreshing and spot-on. This season is all about redefining the conventional ways of how a shirt or a jacket should look like.
CarvenBalenciaga: So far, black and white have been on the forefront throughout the season, and they certainly were again at Balenciaga yesterday. Viewing the collection, I can see the magic hands of Alexander Wang very clearly. It’s high-end and luxurious, but at the same time incredibly retail-friendly.BalenciagaValentino: Another terrific collection from Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. I watched the live stream and got goosebumps all over. (Yes, you can get goosebumps just by looking at something that is too beautiful.) The collection featured elegant yet masculine and functional items such as polos, denim jackets, color-block parkas, sweaters, chinos and jeans. Perfection in its entirety, that’s all I want to say.
ValentinoHaider Ackermann: This is easily my most favorite collection of the day. Haider Ackermann returned to the scene this season, and he delivered a collection that is a study in luxury and layering. But more than anything, it restored my faith in drop-crotch pants which has been severely damaged after this failed experiment. Thank you, Mr. Ackermann.  HaiderRaf Simons: Oh, Raf Simons, what else can we say other than the entire world love you and your designs? You keep pushing the envelope in your designs in such a subtle and tasteful manner that we can’t help but reevaluating our own ideas of what fashion connotes and how it should look like. The collection you put out yesterday is no exception. By the way, why are your sneakers always so faultless? RSImages via Style

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