Another one of my articles...
Bonjour! When you think of Parisians I'm sure that I'm not the only one who conjures up an image of a minimally yet stylishly dressed woman. What I don't imagine is loud, colourful, OTT clothing like some designers sent down the runway during Paris Fashion Week. I've decided to take you through some of the craziest and most surreal shows of the past week.
COMME DE GARÇONS
Many of you may be thinking that you can't get more French than that. However, this fashion label which was founded in 1969 is actually Japanese. Their collection was bonkers in a classically Comme way - exploring emotion instead of merely designing practical and wearable clothes. My friend Celi described it as 'Alice in Wonderlandesque' - I think she hit the nail on the head!
Yes, Vivienne has already had a fashion show (remember the Scottish Referendum controversy?) but it seems that when you reach the giddy heights of the fashion industry as she has you can afford to have 2 labels and therefore 2 shows. This collection was a crazy as the last and it seemed that she had been watching numerous costume dramas, with bodices and bustles making appearances. I still don't really understand what is fashionable about wearing an upturned whicker basket on your head, then again I don't have Vivienne's 'vision'. Maybe I should try it out sometime?!
Sometimes I look at a collection and just ask why? Junya Watanabe's SS15 collection is one such example. I don't know how to describe it other than saying it looks as though a bunch of aliens/spacemen went to an 80s rave. It is bonkers, surreal and about as far from Parisian as you can get.
That's what links these 3 designers. They're not afraid to rock the boat, and in an industry which often takes itself too seriously there is something endearing about it. I may not rush to put a basket on my head or wear a hooded cape more akin to a KKK member than Little Red Riding Hood but I can still appreciate the thought and effort that has gone into creating these mad collections. X