Paris Fashion Week S/S 2020: Balenciaga, Givenchy, Hermès and Valentino
There was plenty to take in...
Whilst Demna Gvasalia has always been known for his power-dressing designs at Balenciaga, the designer turned away from CEO-chic and instead, focused on uniformity and crafted a Spring/Summer 2020 collection fit for every type of woman. However, in true Balenciaga fashion, there were still some signature elements of the brand's DNA including exaggerated shoulders, all-over printed suits, belted trench coats in popping hues, boxy mechanic shirts and a selection of beautiful couture dresses.
Clare Waight Keller is pulling out all the right stops at Givenchy. For her latest Spring/Summer 2020 collection, the royal-approved designer looked at New York and Paris in 1993 for inspiration — think a raw denim spirit, poetic lightness and blossoms of old-world Paris. Infusing that influence through a botanical world that connected with a tough urban energy, the collection resulted in V-neck dresses (made with two different coloured washes), black leather pencil skirts, denim in every shape and form, relaxed trousers and floral dresses.
Hermès brilliantly added its own twist to workwear for Spring/Summer 2020 and the coveted range is one that'll effortlessly take you from day to night. With a strong combination of earthy shades, intertwined with Hermès iconic tone of camel brown, the collection consisted of plenty of strong, structural shapes that remained clean, contemporary and yet, classic. On the runway, we spotted leather tunics worn over trousers, apron-like sleeveless jackets, square neck dresses, trench coats and a slew of new and achingly cool accessories.
Let's face it – whatever Pierpaolo Piccioli sends down the runway is quite literally a masterpiece. For Valentino's Spring/Summer 2020 show held at Hotel National des Invalides in Paris, Piccioli delivered a collection that channelled powerful simplicity with a purity of shapes and volumes intertwined with an extravagance of colour and materials.
The Italian designer took a more refined approach to Spring/Summer dressing (as opposed to last season's chunky butterfly embroideries), and this time, focused his attention on blossoming silhouettes and eye-popping tones.
Whilst voluminous white shirt-dresses opened the runway show, the collection evolved into a range of fluorescent ensembles with electric lime silk gowns, 1970s necktie detailing, voluminous sleeves that almost seemed angelic and pleated pieces.
Now, take a look at the rest of shows you might've missed from Paris Fashion Week.