Fashion month is almost over for another season, and what a season it was. Designers still pulled out all the stops at New York Fashion Week, London and Milan Fashion Week with their SS22 collection, presented with IRL catwalk shows for the first time in what feels like forever. Here’s everything you we’ve loved at Paris so far, from Dior’s gorgeous mini skirts to Saint Laurent’s glam looks.
Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri kicked off proceedings in style with her SS22 collection (main picture), inspired by ‘curiosity, desire, and research’. She looked to the richness of the 1960s and, more specifically, Marc Bohan’s tenure as Creative Director of the House for inspiration. This translated into the revival of iconic silhouettes such as the mini skirt and the ‘slim look’ (“It completely changes fashion, just as the New Look did in 1947,” Grazia says), re-imagined in geometric patterns and primary hues.
The SS22 Saint Laurent collection refers to a fundamental yet a not so well known moment in the couturier’s Pierre Bergé’s (co-founder of Saint Laurent) career, when he met Paloma Picasso. The moment opened up free new artistic paths for him, abolishing the solemn borders of haute couture, polite decorum and even the prescriptive good taste.
Anthony Vaccarello wanted to pay tribute to Paloma Picasso’s independence of spirit. Her freedom, her instincts, her energy which let her breathe freely. Freeing himself from being judged. This collection is an ode to emancipation, and a call to subversive seduction—something that has always been intrinsic to the house. A celebration of a woman who is singular in every way, effortlessly inventive in every aspect of her appearances, always projecting a studied nonchalance. She thrillingly unsettles with her way of associating the masculine with the glamourous.