Looking Back To Paris Fashion Week – Fashion Power At Play 

Looking Back To Paris Fashion Week – Fashion Power At Play 

Parisian designers use their platforms to confront The Climate Crisis and Female Empowerment alike

By Bianca Dinkelmann | 25th March 2020

Your Instagram feeds may have been lacking some serious fashion fever now that Fashion Month has wrapped up, finishing off in Paris. And, while we’re faced with plenty of corona chaos, it’s nice to take a break and get back to normality where you can. Ie. Style stalking! Paris Fashion Week was full of edgy looks, seamless cuts and some serious leather work. Get your style fix, find some inspo for when you’re out of iso’ and live a little through the fashion world.

As a city that is known for exuding the optimum sense of glamour, PFW saw designers responding to the political climate with collections drawing upon issues such as that of climate change and female empowerment.

The harsh reality of climate change and its effects were effectively communicated through the set at Balenciaga’s Autumn/Winter 2020 collection. Models made ripples through a flooded catwalk, which submerged both the front and second row, as the digitally-enhanced roof conjured images of blazing fires and churching skies above.  Along with this, Creative Director, Demna Gvsalia’s bold and powerful pieces perfectly supported the collections concept as stretchy fabrics fell gently like water and evening dresses and hefty coats enhanced looks through sound.

 

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Eco-warrior Stella McCartney once again addressed her sustainability viewpoints through her eco-conscious collection which was all produced with a sustainable ethos – an achievement which has been 25 years in the making. On a more amusing note, Stella’s models were further joined by some furry friends on their last strut down the runway, highlighting her stance against the use of animal products in fashion.

 

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Moreover, the concept of upcycling was explored by the house of Maison Margiela which saw Galliano and his team hand-picking items from vintage stores and markets, transforming them into new one-of-a-kind garments.

 

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A designer who seemingly addressed both issues of the climate and female and empowerment was that of Marine Serre. In cohesion with the inclusion of survival-inspired accessories, such as full-faced knit masks, Serre also addressed her concern for the future by producing 50% of her collection from upcycled materials. The collection communicated a sense of female empowerment as models walked hand-in-hand with children in garments inspired by various cultures.

 

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Maria Grazia Chiuri’s collection once again beat its drums for women and female strength as Dior’s neon signs sported messages of empowerment such as “When women strike the world stops” and “Women are the moon that moves the tides.” Powerful.

 

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Overall, Paris Fashion Week was clearly one of true significance with designers using their voices to stand for issues which are of great importance to them. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what they bring us next season because this stuff is exciting!

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