Which shows should you look out for on the upcoming autumn/winter 2019 Parisian catwalks?
Last season the late Karl Lagerfeld brought real sand and water into the Grand Palais. His beach was just one of the amazing set designs he created over the years; other tours de force included a supermarket, an enchanted forest and a recreation of the Eiffel Tower. The creative direction will now be overseen by his right-hand woman Virginie Viard, who worked with him for over 30 years and is also the director of Chanel’s Fashion Creation Studio.
The second womenswear collection with Hedi Slimane at the helm of Celine is guaranteed to be a must-see. It’s the final show on Friday 1 March, taking place at half past eight in the evening, and if what we’ve seen so far is any indication, expect big shoulders and a lot of black, with both sequins and minimalism in between.
If you are a fan of athleisure and the skate-to-catwalk trend, then keep an eye out for the Off-White show. Virgil Abloh had eight gold medal-winning athletes walk his most recent catwalk, so he definitely has something exciting planned for this show too. The previous collection also revealed another collaboration between Abloh and Nike on the new Waffle Racer shoes.
Lanvin returns to the Paris schedule after a short hiatus, as the previous creative director Olivier Lapidus left the company in March 2018; former men’s artistic director Lucas Ossendrijver also exited last year. This will be the first collection with Bruno Sialelli at the helm. The French designer was previously part of the men’s team at Loewe and has also worked for Acne Studios, Balenciaga and Paco Rabanne. Fosun, Lanvin’s Chinese parent company, wants to take the house in a new direction, so this show is one to watch out for.
Maria Grazia Chiuri has often showed her whimsical collections for Dior in beautiful surroundings; the most recent, themed around ballet, featured dancers performing under dimmed lights. The choreography, devised by Tel Aviv-based Sharon Eyal, radiated romance throughout. Every season is exciting at Dior, so keep an eye out for the show. If you want to immerse yourself in the house of Dior even further, visit the recently unveiled Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.