Carven feels quintessentially Parisian in its understated, feminine pieces. Understated, but not unnoticed. The monochrome pastel ensembles were gorgeous with their unique elements: a twist of fabric, flared sleeves, an embellished duster coat. The collection featured an updated take on what it means to be “dressed up,” adding a whimsical floral design to a blouse, showing trouser in a rich, jewel-toned green, and making a structured two-piece interesting with a not-quite gingham pattern. We loved the mock-neck motif and sculpture-like loafers that only enhanced each look.
An emerging Colombian designer who’s surely going to get more recognition after Paris Fashion Week, Johanna Ortiz’s Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection was absolutely stunning. Her floral patterns avoided coming off as trite, and instead looked luxurious and artistic, which was helped by the rich textiles in the collection. She updated the fledgling sweat suit trend in a tan two-piece with stylized ruffles and gathered fabric that embodied casual glamour. By adding bows, ruffles around the collar, and a deeper neckline, Johanna Ortiz even managed to make the usually underwhelming grey pantsuit suitable for an elegant occasion. We loved her political white slogan t-shirts that refreshed and made relevant her rich collection.
The Mugler trademark star design—jagged and eye-catching—was only enhanced in the brand’s latest collection. Paired with this motif was a new one: powerful shoulders, which added a punch to loose knits, pantsuit jackets, and patent blazers alike. There was an ode to sport and athleisure in the ringer neck of grey straight-cut dress and the jagged mesh cut-outs of tops and jumpsuits. We loved the elongated star motif used on trouser to emulate the look of track pants and the sparkling accents that made Mugler’s otherwise basic cuts stand out.
Serving as a farewell for designer Clare Waight Keller, this collection was relatable and most definitely ready to be worn—it felt like one of the most stylishly-practical collections of Paris Fashion Week. A lingerie motif could be seen throughout much of the collection, peeking under an oversized, cozy knit and weather-proofed by a structured fur coat (an adage to the cool girl outerwear choice of the moment). Waight Keller paid homage to the sheer layering trend with delicately structured sheer pieces worn over more lace camisole-style slip dresses. Part dainty and part grunge, this collection captures the current style trends in an elevated, artistic departure.