The silence was intense at Balenciaga, for a show held without any soundtrack as Balenciaga returned to haute couture after half a century. The applause, however, was resounding for creative director Demna Gvasalia.
Paris couture is not just about dressing billionaires' wives. It’s also about experimentation, and fashionable irony, as seen in three collections Tuesday: Alexandre Vauthier, Viktor & Rolf and Ronald van der Kemp.
Azzedine Alaïa was never, ever going to be an easy act to follow, but before an elite audience at the house’s headquarters, Pieter Mulier unveiled a striking and sculptural debut collection, to win a standing ovation.
A moment of restrained escapism at AMI, with founder designer Alexandre Mattiussi creating a collection for a world finally emerging from Covid tentatively. Nothing tentative, however, about the brand's explosive growth.
On Thursday, the South African designer, LVMH Prize winner in 2019, unveiled his first menswear collection at the Florentine show he is a special guest of, his half-ranger, half-cow-boy style both elegant and engaged.
The men’s collections for next summer presented in London, Milan and Paris blended streetwear and couture in a new mix, laid-back yet sophisticated, for an easy-going, highly wearable fashion to be enjoyed outdoors.
There is a great debate in fashion. Will women want elegance and sophistication when the pandemic eventually ends or will their biggest needs just be ease and comfort? Ian Griffiths of Max Mara, believes in the former.