Fashion with Frankel: Paris Couture Fashion Week Review

Last week was an exciting time for the fashion industry, as designers showcased their Fall 2018 couture collections. Paris Fashion Week highlights the best of high-end fashion—think ball gowns, tulle, and ornate beading fit for Meghan Markle. After spending hours scrolling through Vogue’s coverage of the week, I’ve settled on my favorites for your viewing pleasure. While these looks may not be practical or within our budgets, a girl can dream!

1. Dior

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I loved the simple beauty and artistry behind Dior’s couture showing. The neutral, mostly nude color palette mixed with intricately feminine craftwork highlighted Dior’s tendency to emphasize natural beauty. In a time when social media influencers can call anything fashion and brands are obsessed with logos, this was a nice change. These designs scream confidence in the simplest way, which is why I can see the most most classy, fabulous women wearing them.

2. Giambattista Valli

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On a different note, Valli’s collection mixed feminine accents with a darker, edgier vibe. Incorporating ready-to-wear trends like suiting and embroidery, this collection embraced the young model-off-duty idea (Kaia Gerber, Bella Hadid) that we’ve seen so much of lately. I especially love the contrasting use of dramatic sleeves with mini-hems, and the way that Valli seemed to speak to a younger, less-couture consumer.

3. Armani Prive

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The thing that immediately intrigued and delighted me about the collection from Armani’s couture line was the color palette. Starting simply with nudes and blacks, the line quickly embraced hot pink, bright teal, and baby pink, creating a splash of color that was fun yet sophisticated in its usage. This collection showed that bright color doesn’t have to be excessive or immature. The mix of hard and soft with beaded blazers and caged ball gowns seemed to me like an ode to Hollywood’s current style trend.

4. Jean Paul Gaultier

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JPG has always been known for his innovative and out-of-the-box aesthetic, and this collection was no different. He infused his signature interesting silhouettes with varied fabrics like leather, chiffon, and tulle to create a show that felt diverse, yet all for the same badass woman. He placed these ideas on both men and women, portraying gender fluidity and the importance of tailoring in fashion. Gaultier also ended the show with a feminist statement to #freethenipple with both male and female models, using fashion for activism as many designers have in the past year.

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PHOTOS: Vogue

COVER PHOTO: Hollywood Reporter

Ally Frankel

About Ally Frankel

Ally Frankel is the former editor of our Fashion and Beauty team, now the EIC. As one of the founding members of The Crescent, Ally loves the Crescent City almost as much as her hometown of Philadelphia. She loves to shop, read, eat raw cookie dough, and watch crime documentaries.

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