Paris Fashion Week: By the Numbers

After several seasons of New York Fashion Week in September, Paris Fashion Week has returned this season, and welcomed a crowd to the shows who had more than just last season’s trends to bring….

Paris Fashion Week: By the Numbers

After several seasons of New York Fashion Week in September, Paris Fashion Week has returned this season, and welcomed a crowd to the shows who had more than just last season’s trends to bring.

Footwear and accessories were a little on the thin side, to say the least, but as is typical with fashion week, looks could be quickly discarded upon subsequent season’s runs. And, it seems the impact of those looks were only really felt during autumn/winter ready-to-wear collections.

With that being said, it is always a must-see event when a new designer brings his or her designs to the table. And two reasons why look was bigger than ever for Sunday’s runways of preview SS20 presentations were because these designers were known to break away from the trends and sets their style on the same scale of street fashion.

Though most attendees came prepared with cell phones and cameras in hand, social media certainly was also a factor in fueling trends on the runway and in general, at fashion weeks, particularly with style bloggers and fashion influencers buzzing throughout the venue with not-so-subtle photos and video.

It was a street-style-meets-the-face-of-Hollywood sort of atmosphere with wide open spaces, which seemed to suit the stars of this season’s shows in particular. And although many celebrities, including Halle Berry, walked the runway, who else was there? Forget the street-style and watch out for last year’s face of the fashion industry, Karlie Kloss, with her brand’s fashion week debut. It was a jam-packed day, attended by actors and influencers alike.

While the weeks leading up to Paris Fashion Week are traditionally star-studded, this particular year has been hit and miss. Celebrities are not pulling their weight yet. And without a major blockbuster star, the final shows of the week were somewhat anticlimactic.

Throughout the second day of the Paris runways, designers were quick to capitalize on the commotion and fall into the viral parenting trend from New York, when parents were photographed with large paparazzi photographers moving in front of their faces. First the Alfred Dunhill men’s and women’s resort 2019 collections were spotted shooting in front of the Givenchy and Louis Vuitton marquees as people watched in awe. And the day after, the Urban Outfitters, Marlow & Sons and Markwins presented images of more paparazzi and cameras surrounding their fashion houses.

Perhaps as the crowds thinned and the day wore on, the fashion shows themselves started becoming a bit more lower key. Almost an anonymous nature can be seen the day of the Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli and Louis Vuitton presentation as little more than a sparse crowd and pretty beautiful Fall/Winter 2020 looks. Even men’s fashion week designer Ulyana Sergeenko noted that “Fashion Week is a little different from what we’re used to in Milan and Paris.” She saw a unique difference between the two events this season.

The homogeneity of the crowd and fashion schedule the second day could not be overshadowed. Instead, the top heads-up and Instagram videos continued to be influencers like Agyness Deyn, who shared her thoughts on the new trends in Paris. And while Instagram Stories were practically nonexistent today, it was quickly obvious that who was there was who was out for this season’s big shows and industry pioneers. And the crowd, despite not being as big as usual, was a sight to behold.

The second day of Paris Fashion Week wraps up later tonight, and only four shows remain on the slate.

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