Paris Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Week

Paris Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Week
A photo posted by Dior Official (@dior) on Oct 2, 2016 at 12:28am PDT The iconic House of Dior’s show broke ground this season. Its Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-to-Wear fashion show, on Friday, September 30, was the debut of the house’s new creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri. The groundbreaking part? She is the first-ever female creative director to helm the storied house. Thus, it was no wonder that feminism and female empowerment were themes of the show. Printed on white tee shirts worn by models on the Dior runway read: WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS. Other tee printings included: DIO(R)EVOLUTION. The “We Should All Be Feminists” speech by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (an excerpt of which is featured in Beyoncé’s song “Flawless”) played – affirming the show’s theme – as models strutted down the runway. Backstage smiles after our show, with House muses Rihanna and Jennifer Lawrence who came to congratulate Maria Grazia Chiuri on her first collection for Dior. #DiorSS17 #PFWSS17 A photo posted by Dior Official (@dior) on Oct 2, 2016 at 11:04am PDT Dior’s show, staged at Musée Rodin, was a marriage of iconic Dior and 2016 Dior. Tulle, Dior reds and blacks, and high ballet buns, were also in theme. In addition to the runway, stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, Kate Moss, and Rihanna (all proud Dior patrons) sported house looks curbside. The grand finale of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first show for Dior, which was unveiled today at the Musée Rodin in Paris. Relive the entire show on #DiorSS17 #PFWSS17 A photo posted by Dior Official (@dior) on Sep 30, 2016 at 8:55am PDT New York Magazine ran a headline which summed it up nicely: “Cool New Paris Fashion Trend: Feminism.”  Chanel’s Tuesday, October 4 show was held in a nearly unrecognizable Grand Palais, which was transformed into a data storage center or perhaps a film set from the 1983 Matthew Broderick movie War Games. Bulky, awkward cables, wires, and black data boxes were abundant, in stark contrast to the lithe, graceful models sashaying down the runway. Models marched out in trademark Chanel black and other hues, and in the iconic Chanel jacket. The futuristic theme was officially anointed when a model dressed as a robot opened the show. The robot looked like if Daft Punk and a Storm Trooper were to have a daughter and dress her up in Chanel. Side pony tails, bright neon colors, and flat-billed baseball caps tilted to the side begs the question: are the 80s back again, again? Taking a seat in the Chanel show front row were Lily-Rose Depp (daughter of Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp), Usher, Courtney Love, and Frances Bean Cobain. Following the show, Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld told Reuters TV that he was inspired by technology, and that “We all depend on it… Imagine your life without the telephone and the next step will be artificial intelligence and robots.” A photo posted by CHANEL (@chanelofficial) on Oct 4, 2016 at 6:36am PDT This fashion week was also an unusually dramatic one, with reality TV star Kim Kardashian being robbed at gunpoint. Following the incident, Kardashian is said to be rethinking social media presence, which was previously quite extensive. Lagerfeld came under fire for criticizing Kardashian in the wake of the incident, saying she shouldn’t be “surprised” it happened, given her flagrant display of wealth via social media platforms. Back on the runways, there were gorgeous showings from a wide range of French and international houses: Miu Miu (fun and irreverent), Moncler Gamme Rouge (“born in the mountains, lives in the city,” as the brand self-identifies), Louis Vuitton (stunning as ever, with low hem lines on trend), Kenzo (gold Lamé fabrics, and orange-pink eye…

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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.