Paris Fashion Week runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 6. We’ll see Christian Dior and Kenzo, Thebe Magugu and Maison Margiela right here.
The presenting body is the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, where you can also watch the entire season of shows.
This summer, Maison Margiela created a 50-minute docudrama about making a couture collection in the weeks after lockdown in France, using GoPros, drones and iPhones to record the footage.
At the beginning of fashion month, The Times gathered four people in the thick of it all — Tory Burch, of the namesake brand; Virgil Abloh, of Off-White and Louis Vuitton men’s wear; Gwyneth Paltrow, of Goop; and Antoine Arnault, of LVMH (the largest luxury group in the world) — to discuss how a season of shows would be different this year and what it could mean for the brands.
In 2017, several hundred guests invited by Miuccia Prada, the head designer of Prada and the founder of Miu Miu, took their spots for the Miu Miu resort 2018 show inside the Automobile Club de France.
In July, Vanessa Friedman, our fashion director and critic, wrote about the first streamed couture shows, among them Chanel. Without the runway, she observed, the presentations were more like music videos, trailers and perfume commercials.
Last year, the Korean-born designer Rok Hwang spoke to T Magazine about how he has applied what he learned as a ready-to-wear designer at Celine toward the cleverly tailored and expressive clothes he makes for his brand, Rokh.
Akris’s creative director, Albert Kriemler, has helmed the house founded by his grandmother for 40 years. He shared his many inspirations with T Magazine in 2018.
In 2015, the Italian fashion designer Giambattista Valli, who works in Paris, chatted with Vanessa Friedman about his dream to have a maison d’haute couture that honors the past but also feels contemporary.
Each x Other
“It is possible no American designer has created as fully realized a world in which to frame his work since Ralph Lauren,” our fashion critic wrote in a 2017 piece about Thom Browne’s overlooked (at the time) yet influential namesake brand.
Last year, T Magazine profiled Daniel Roseberry, the newly appointed artistic director of Schiaparelli. It is a brand whose name alone “conjures images of absurd beauty.”
Hermès, perhaps, best known for its icon Birkin handbag hasn’t changed very much. In 2019, T Magazine reflected on that consistency, writing that the brand has “chosen the refined rhythm of timelessness — it is not concerned with being in fashion, preferring to remain outside of it.”
Vivienne Westwood has never shied away from politics. So, the designer “who made her name by defining the rebellious aesthetic of London in the 1970s,” dressing up like a canary and suspending herself in the air in support of Julian Assange, is in keeping with her history of activism.
Back in 2017, The French-born designer Joseph Altuzarra gave T Magazine a behind-the-scenes look at the days leading up to his first show in his hometown of Paris.
Last year, Nina Ricci got two new creative directors. The brand “defined by fluttering femininity” appointed Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh in a “bid for millennial relevance,” our fashion critic wrote.
“A volume collection” is the way Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson described the clothing from his spring 2021 show.
This summer, French fashion designer Isabel Marant spoke about how she knew exactly how she wanted to dress from an early age and how she wanted her fashion to look. She said “By 10, I knew exactly what I wanted to wear, but it didn’t exist in any shop.” So she started making her own clothes, reworking her dad’s castoff dressing gowns, sweaters, vintage military fatigues and silk slippers
At Balmain’s show earlier this year, they brought out some legends, including Erin Wasson, Helena Christensen, Esther Cañadas and Liya Kebede.
Guillaume Henry, artistic director of Parisian fashion house Patou, revealed his creative process for the luxury house’s new 2020 collection.
Critical shoppers played dress-up while visiting the two-story Elie Saab boutique on Madison Avenue in 2017.
Dries Van Noten
Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten spoke to us in 2017 about why he decided to celebrate his 100th show. “For me, a show is an event — something we work toward, that focuses an idea. It’s why I still believe in shows. They are not the cherry on the cake, they are the cake.” he said.
In her first formal show at Paris Fashion Week in 2018, Marine Serre, the 2017 LVMH Prize winner, broadened her styles to embrace a bit of tough glamour and “upcycled” vintage textiles.
Johannesburg-based women’s wear designer Thebe Magugu spoke to our team at T, The New York Times Style Magazine, about how he decided to make personal clothes with political messages. Magugu kept a journal growing up in South Africa. “I found them recently and thought to incorporate them in my work,” he says. He showed the results during his fall 2019 show in Johannesburg in October.
“Since her breakout collection in 2015,” we wrote of Grace Wales Bonner’s namesake label, “she has been patching her way toward a grand theory of style that connects fashion to history, to art and to Black culture.”