With the ongoing political rest, economic downslide, and the recent passing of one of fashion’s greatest legends, Karl Lagerfeld, Paris Fashion Week this year found itself amidst a great number of challenges. 76 runways shows along with 29 presentations makes up Paris Fashion Week’s calendar this week, taking place between Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, March 5, including Nina Ricci, Chloé, Haider Ackermann, Dior, and Hermès. However, while the Institute Français de la Mode has reported that clothing and textile sales have fallen close to 4% in value during the first three quarters of January, designers all around the world, new and old are still surveying an optimistic outlook for this week’s fashion events, such as a cocktail party that will be cohosted by Diane von Furstenberg at the U.S. embassy on Wednesday in order to celebrate the upcoming opening of the Statue of Liberty Museum.
One such designer provoked a whimsical, provencal mood, making us all nostalgic for for the warm Mediterranean sand, and the sensuality that has come to characterize Paris for so long. In suburban Paris, Jacquemus converted a warehouse space into a colorfully charming southern French town. The creativity and the artsy leanings of the setup reminded many of us of Lagerfeld’s own stage designs. The collection however, was all Jacquemus, evocative of the French designer’s upbringing, growing up in Salon-de-Provence. Classic films including Mon Oncle and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort were closely referenced, speaking to the 29-year-old designers countryside upbringing. In recent seasons, we saw his clothing as sexy, fresh, and as provoking a fun, joie-de-vivre spirit. This time, we entered a village of the fashion showman’s world. This consisted of boldly painted prints (pops of orange, blues and reds) and a decor of consisting of the designer’s personal collection of exotic ceramics and vases, making for an urban, boho-chic vibe.
Some of the most memorable looks in the collection included a Van Gogh-reminiscent sunflower coat that was decorated by an over-the-top collar, covering a dandelion printed top and yellow trousers – the perfect ensemble for a stroll through Cézanne’s landscapes. An off-white pants suit left us aching for Spring blooms and Eiffel Tower sunsets. This look was printed of fresh flowers and delicate, gold hoops throughout. A personal favorite was the leopard print, slitted skirt, matched with a twilight blue knitted turtleneck and accessorized with custom designed hoop earrings. The hair was simple with models walking down with sleek ponytails, and the makeup was minimal with a touch of gloss for sensuality and a sweep of mascara for drama.