After a long period of pause, Paris Fashion Week is back in full swing.
Dior, Chanel and Hermes are just a few of the big names that will be hosting shows at the fashion’s most important diary events. The event runs until October 5.
Pascal Morand, the head of France’s Federation for Haute Couture and Fashion said that they were “overjoyed” at the return of these big brands and their presence.
He said, “We feel an appetite for the physical and for the show. Due to Covid’s last year, much of the designer world has moved online, with similar results at New York, Milan, and London fashion weeks.”
Face coverings will be required at all Paris shows this week to remind us that the pandemic isn’t over.
A majority of the 97 Paris Fashion Week registered houses – about two thirds – will continue to present their spring-summer 2022 collections online. Others wanted to return to the runway. Matthew Williams, Givenchy’s new American artistic director, will present its first catwalk presentation. Williams brings street style to the brand’s historic French label.
Nigerian Kenneth Ize will open the show on Monday at the Palais de Tokyo. He is a favorite of Naomi Campbell.
Balenciaga is another name to keep an eye on. Its controversial all-black head-to-toe cover was worn by Kim Kardashian at New York’s Met Ball.
Saint Laurent will also be back with a live performance, despite the fact that it was the first major label to leave the Paris Fashion official calendar after the pandemic.
The French house of fame was protesting against the hectic pace of fashion, which led many big names to rethink strategies long before the pandemic.
Celine is one of those who are still missing. The artistic director Hedi Slimane has said that the traditional calendar is “obsolete” today with the advent of social media.
Off-White, the brand lead by Virgil Abloh, a star US designer, has been absent for several seasons.
Stella McCartney is also absent this week. However, no reason was provided.
Paris Fashion Week will close with a tribute to Alber Elbaz (Israeli-American designer), who died in April from Covid-related complications
Although the majority of last year’s shows were conducted online, some houses like Chanel and Dior held limited live shows during the fall lull in pandemic.