Paris Fashion Week AW21: FIB’s Verdict

Big names in fashion were noticeably absent from this year’s Fall Fashion Week in Paris this year including Balenciaga, Saint laurent, Celine and McQueen.

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The Capital de La Mode still enchanted fashion lovers however, with highly anticipated collections debuting full of unexpected surprises.

Here are FIB’s picks for Paris AW21:


“The Show Has Been Cancelled”

The 2021 fall collection embraced colour vibrancy, visceral textures, volume and high-impact geometric shapes. The show notes describe the collection as “an idea of dressing up as an audacious act”.

Creative director Jonathan Anderson told Vogue,

“I don’t see this as a collection about fantasy. I think it’s about this idea of projecting what a new reality will hopefully be… I think fashion is going to be important in the next while, in making people gain the confidence of going back out and dressing up again. The whole point of this collection is: Believe it, and it will happen.”

A Loewe collaboration with Danielle Steel came about this year via creative director Johnathon Anderson’s connection with Steel’s daughter, Vanessa Traina.

A newspaper was created to commemorate the fall collection, with 1m copies being distributed via The New York Times, Le Monde and Le Figaro.


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Chloé embraced sustainability this year, with an emphasis on low-impact raw materials and an increased used of recycled fabrics. The intro to Chloe’s fall collection included fashion’s newest hybrid, “The Puffcho”; a playful take on the classic puffer with a poncho twist.

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It is a blanket poncho with Bordeaux stripes and fringes that is hybridised with a high puffer collar. A combination that the fashion world has never seen before, this innovative design follows Tod’s, Fendi and Prada in experimenting with different outerwear silhouettes but with a focus on functionality.

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Lanvin reversed time with it’s AW21 collection, taking us on a trip back to the roaring 20s with a noughties mix-up twist. Bejewelled cocktail numbers and over-indulgent fabrications (taffeta, silk and satin) pay tribute to living in excess.

For the collection he reimagined Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl” music video, and, with a straight face, paid tribute to the joy of excess; to parties in luxury hotels with fabulous models. It was quite unapologetic; a celebration of escapism, wish fulfilment. They described it as “anticipatory” — which is the default setting for pretty much every desire at the moment — so there were fun prints, feathers, little black dresses, sunglasses worn indoors, gloves, animal prints, gowns, trails of fabric.

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Louis Vuitton

Nicolas Ghesquière presented his fall Collection in the awe-inspiring setting of the Michelangelo Gallery at the Louvre in Paris, featuring a collaboration with Italian atelier Fornasetti. 

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Presented with a backdrop of The Louvre, seasonal fabric-favourite tulle made an appearance peeping out from underneath cocoon shaped outerwear and oversized knits. An artistic collaboration with Italian design atelier Fornasetti saw the label’s iconic faces splayed across everything velvet, outerwear and handbags to match.

Reflecting a historical homage to imagery saw Fornasetti’s expert illustrations combined with Nicolas Ghesquière’s contemporary design aesthetic. The collection created a creative dialogue with the museum’s remarkable array of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman sculpture.


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