Paris Fashion Week Review: Spring-Summer 2020

Paris Fashion Week Review: Spring-Summer 2020
Fall is coming: the leaves are turning, the flowers are dying, and Christmas decorations will soon fill stores prematurely. But in Fashionland – a world which constantly swivels its head to the future – next year’s flowers and styles are just coming into bloom, as the Spring-Summer 2020 shows took over Paris the last week in September. As was to be expected, many top houses generated warranted buzz. View this post on Instagram ALL THE BUZZ @evalongoria arriving to the #BALMAINSS20 women’s show in a #BALMAINFW19 look & #BALMAINBBUZZ bag #BALMAINARMY A post shared by BALMAIN (@balmain) on Sep 29, 2019 at 9:11am PDT Over at Balmain, the 90s were in full swing. The 90s fashion trend has been ongoing for at least a couple years – with chokers, overalls, and other of-the-era staples coming back into fashion – so it came as no surprise that more homage was paid. Designer Olivier Rousteing’s show for Balmain included A-listers like Eva Longoria, who looked on at the 90s-inspired garbs. French house Celine, which is known for its ready-to-wear styles and leather goods, presented a Spring-Summer show focused on an earlier decade: the 1970s. Lots of denim, flowing locks, hippie dresses, aviator sunglasses, and more, were seen on the catwalk. Celine’s creative director, Hedi Slimane, has been shaking things up in the fashion world lately with his reinvention of Celine’s stores. View this post on Instagram UNE FILLE CELINE PORTRAIT OF FRAN ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ CELINE JEANS AND CLASSIC PILOT FRAN PHOTOGRAPHED IN PARIS SEPTEMBER 2019 BY @HEDISLIMANE ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #CELINEBYHEDISLIMANE A post shared by CELINE (@celine) on Sep 27, 2019 at 4:25am PDT Italy’s Valentino was lauded for its simplicity showcased on the catwalk for the house’s 2020 Spring-Summer line. Stars like Naomi Campbell were vocal fans of the designs, which had an eye on clean lines, light colors (lots of whites), and classic cuts. Angel-like flowing sleeves gave the show a heavenly feel. Valentino’s designer, Pierpaolo Piccioli, said of the show: “By subtracting color, shape, and volumes come to the fore.” Givenchy stuck with lots of denim looks, as curated by designer Clare Waight Keller, who cited a desire to mix “tough urban energy” with “patina of time” for her infusion of a show for the famed house. The show touted early 1990s…

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Anne McCarthy is a contributing writer to BBC News, Teen Vogue, The Telegraph, Dance Magazine, and more. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster and is the Editor in Chief of Fat Tire Tours’ travel blog. She lives in New York City.