My Favourite Looks From Paris Fashion Week – Monday

Quick Coffee Read

Easily the most important of the four, Paris Fashion Week kicked off yesterday evening with three shows dedicated to independant talent. NOW before I start, I wonder if you’re thinking, “didn’t she make a post last week about sustainable fashion? Fashion Week REALLY?”

I am a sustainable fashion supporter all day. The people who target fashion week because they think they are the MAIN cause behind fashions impact on the planet, are misinformed. Yes, some luxury houses have come under fire in the past for bad practice but they make a hell of a lot less mess than fast fashion and high street brands.

Nearly all Luxury brands have in house artisans crafting their pieces, fabric sources are in most cases from small or family run businesses that are nearly always local and they don’t churn out £3 t-shirts that last two minutes and end up in the bin. For example, Chanel’s trademark tweed is woven in-house each collection, each piece is uniquely made with a variety of weaving techniques by a small team overseen by one person. The take away here is that luxury brands prefer quality, over quantity.

This subject is just dying to be discussed in more depth, but for now I just wanted to give a little background, so you can read this guilt free. SO let’s get straight into this, shall we?

Maiko Kurogouchi

Japanese designer Maiko Kurogouchi kicked things off with her S/S’20 collection from her label ‘Mame’, which showed us that shades of green (especially pistachio) are still in for Spring 2020, fabuloussss!

Mame S/S’20 by Kurogouchi

I LOVE the print on that tailored jacket, I am also a huge fan of the structure in her pieces. Japanese designers happen to be my favourite and when I did a little research and found out she used to roll with Issey Miyake, I wasn’t surprised. Maiko is relatively new to PFW, she is only just making some impressions on the mainstream, keep an eye out!

Kiminte Kimhekim

Korean born, Paris based designer Kiminte Kimhekim, started his fashion journey at Balenciaga. He made his Paris debut yesterday with a playfully named collection “buy it if you can” and it brought the ‘wow’ factor. Combining influences from both of his roots, the pieces are designed to empower women and make them feel elegant, yet sexy.

As I was looking through, that amazing butter yellow sheer shirt caught my attention immediately, just look how perfect that form is and that fitted sleeve is a dream! We all love a high waist two piece and this one is giving me big Chanel vibes with that white text on black fabric.

Telfar

New-York-based Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens created the brand back in 2005. Described as ‘unisex, universal & democratic’ Telfar is committed to producing high quality products at affordable prices. ‘The World Isn’t Everything’ collection was crafted with his social and political views at the heart, blurring gender lines with brand logos atop of military and urban print. Longer break? Read more about it here.

I love the red wine two piece with it’s soft lines and a slight casual vibe, it’s unlike the rest of the collection which represents a of the street style we can see throughout the collection. My favourite has got to be the knit dress, not only does it fall beautifully but the colours are so bold and strong. I am actually surprised at how well they pair with the print trousers, but I shouldn’t of had my doubts!

Rokh

‘Rokh’ is the London based label of Korean born designer Rok Hwang. A Central St Martins Graduate who recently won the 2019 LVMH Prize Special Prize, he learnt his craft at Celine & Chloé before launching his own label in 2016. His ready to wear collection from yesterday evening embodies style, form and an incredible colour palette, with something for every occasion.

Because this is my favourite, there is a few more pictures. I couldn’t just pick three and soon you will see why…

Choosing from all of these incredible pieces was soooo hard, but it wouldn’t be a quick read if I didn’t! I could sit and stare at these all day, the pops of colour mixed with navy & beige base, the impeccable lines & construction and effortless style they portray. Some of these on trend 90’s looks can be so easily replicated with a good dig around a charity shop or scrawl through Depop. Unless you can splurge on the price tag, what I would give for that orange and blue print spaghetti strap cami…did I mention it’s my birthday soon?

I hope you enjoyed this quick fashion fix guys, please make sure to click the links below the images for original shots. Have an inspired day x

2 thoughts on “

  1. These are cool new brands I didn’t know about! Super interesting since I’m also a sustainable fashion advocate. Really like each of them!

    But I gotta comment on the point of fashion shows not being a major contributor to the climate crisis: one brand creates over 1000 garments for 1 fashion show. Only around 100 of those garments end up on stage. The rest go straight to landfill. The amount of waste that just one brand creates for one fashion show is so enormous that it’s disgusting. And let’s not forget the amount of waste that the staging alone creates. The way that fashion shows are run right now needs to change drastically.

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

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    1. Thanks Teresa! I wish I saw more sustainability on the runways this year but I’m impressed with those brands, very fun to look into.

      I agree with you, it probably didn’t come across clearly apologies, I was talking more in comparison to fast fashion, this was my angle in the start of this post.

      Everyone can do better to help the impact on the environment and fashion week is no exception. I think we have a duty to manage ourselves with our purchasing behaviour and making the correct choices, no one side is totally to blame and no one side is exempt. I defend luxury fashion (in particular fashion week) in this instance as I don’t believe in terms of year long production and sales, that they are as big of a contributor to the issues.

      Fast fashion for example, on a basic level of amount of consumers, has grown over 20% in the last 3 years alone compared to luxury who has seen minimal growth, the demand for fast fashion is insanely high. It contributes to 66% of online traffic, in 2018 11.5 million women bought clothes from Primark, that’s just one item, that’s just 2018 and that’s just women’s clothing.

      I agree they need to change the way it is run absolutely, but when you compare luxury to fast fashion on quality of clothing, quantity of clothing being destroyed by the brands or being thrown in landfill by consumers, ethics in terms of workers conditions & wages and sustainably sourced fabrics, the luxury industry is trying harder in that sense.

      I think there needs to be some give, no one side is perfect and we as consumers need to be better with our choices. I think there are steps in the right direction happening now however, so the more than before. At least we can both agree more needs to be done on both sides! X

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