Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week Highlights: Balmain, Saint Laurent, Dior and More


Sep. 30 2021, Updated 12:43 p.m. ET

It was a parade of excellence in Paris this week to wrap up Fashion Month. All the world’s biggest designers had their finest on display, and it was a joy to return to the Parisian runways after 18 months of limitations and lockdowns. Fashion has ever been a way to expression human emotion and experience, and 2020 and 2021 are reflected in this year’s predictions for next Spring and Summer. CELEB takes a look at what’s hit the runway so far this week and how Paris welcomed back its biggest fashion stars, including Balmain, Saint Laurent, Dior, Koche and more. 

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PFW Lineup 2021

Paris Fashion Week

The lineup so far has been jam-packed with goodies, and it all started Monday September 27th. Here’s a list of the big events that have hit the runway and stages so far:

  • Monday: it all started off with a light day on Monday. The Florae exhibition by Van Cleef and Arpels was the first event of the week, followed by the Tom Greyhound x EqL launch cocktail party. Finishing day one was an interview sit-down with Victor Weinsanto. 
  • Tuesday day 2 kicked it off in a big way with a presentation by Fashion Farm Foundation and Arab Fashion Council’s Mrs. Keepa SS 22. From there, J.M. Weston’s ChaussOeuvres offered an exhibition preview and the first titan took to the runway: Balmain. A preview for Thierry Mugler followed and the night capped off with an interview with Christelle Kocher and a pop-up from Miss Dior.
  • Wednesday: the event’s second full day got rolling with another Fashion Farm Foundation presentation and Florae Exhibition. The Balmain festival continued along with an interview with Guillaume Henry, followed by the Pigmentarium x Arturo Obegero perfume launch party. The Heliot Emil after show party wrapped up day 2.

97 fashion houses registered for this year’s fashion week and most of those opted for online presentations. However, Dior, Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton among others decided to go in person this year.

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The Styles

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If fashion is a reflection of a society’s human experience, what did this week’s runway looks reveal? Overall, the looks seemed to embrace shedding conventions and restrictions and letting loose. Colors were bold, lines were risky and the looks of high fashion from Spring and Summer 2022 will be a celebration of rebirth and renewal. 

Balmain marked the 10 year anniversary of Olivier Rousteing‘s time holding the reins. The events kicked off with a loving celebratory message from Beyonce, whose attention to diversity she made note of. AP writes, “… Wednesday was about celebration. From the stiff, structured ’80s silhouettes of his beginning steps, via slinky gold and metal gowns, the exhaustive collection walked through archives pieces from all the Rousteing years. Hoods, low slung waists, long flapping straps, cinched waists, jewels and those famous giant shoulders featured in scores of looks that merged together encyclopedically. In signature form, the clothes featured on myriad models of all colors, ages and sizes.”

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Dior took us back in time to bright solids and sporty mod ’60’s looks. Designers aimed for a “joire de vivre” as people emerge from lockdowns and once again go exploring. Per AN via MSN, “Full of fluorescent greens and oranges, neon blues, and big butterfly prints, the sportswear looks based on jazzed-up boxing and judo outfits were a far cry from the subtle chic with which Dior is typically associated.

The new collection came as a surprise to Dior’s artisans. ‘It’s minimalist, very geometric with rigid fabric. There’s very little embroidery, compared to our usual work – it’s very different,’ declared Pascal Coppin, head of one of Dior’s dress workshops.

‘I like it a lot, it’s a radical change. It’s cool, it’s youthful, it’s optimistic – we needed the colours to get away from the black and dark blue’ he added.”

Rochas went for an eclectic look and Courreges celebrated the ’60’s and the future in lockstep. Each designer brought a panoply of colors and movements, marking the feeling of “we’re finally free” the world is starting to embrace after 2020.

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More Events to Come

Paris Fashion Week

But Fashion Week is not over in Paris yet! The events extend through October 5th, so there’s plenty of good stuff still to come.

We know the designers are thrilled to be working in front of audiences again, but how do the models feel about it? They’re thrilled to be back on the runway in front of people, doing what they do best and turning heads. AN reports, “‘We are overjoyed at their return and the presence of other big brands,” said Pascal Morand, the head of France’s Federation for Haute Couture and Fashion. “We feel this appetite for the physical, for the show.”We are overjoyed at their return and the presence of other big brands,’ said Pascal Morand, the head of France’s Federation for Haute Couture and Fashion. ‘We feel this appetite for the physical, for the show.'”

It’s hard to work a job that relies on connecting with an audience to sell them on a dream, and with the lockdowns in the past both models and designers have a chance to enjoy what they do again. Although much of the shows are still online, those who wanted to were able to get out there and work it. Paris Fashion Week has several more days to go, and we’ll be watching closely. 

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