6 months ago | BY Huma Hazarika Sharma

Fashun, theatrics & more…



The French have always set major benchmarks for the rest of the world when it comes to style, and after having watched all the gorjus collections at the recently concluded Spring/Summer 2019 edition of Paris Fashion Week which left us with at least a gazillion things we wanted to snag right off the runway for ourselves.GENDER-FLUID

Gender-bending collections by Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga, Thom Browne, Altuzarra, Haider Ackermann, consisted of oversized shirts, preppy blazers and cropped jackets, among others.



No one does chic streetwear the way Virgil Abloh does, and Off-White is fast becoming that label that many a new-age designer would be kicking themselves for for not thinking of it first. His collab with Nike gave us a rather interesting athleisure-meets-eveningwear take on what street style today is all about really, and we were bowing to the creative genius in our minds. We loved the Nike logo emblazoned tees, tights and more in mostly whites, a touch of neon and then some snake print.



Olivier Rousteing’s ode to the ancient Egyptians was a smorgasbord of OTT Hieroglyphs+partially mummified models (or at least what looked like it), and other supremely Egyptian cuts and silhouettes which were kind of on the fence about, but then he gave us absolute gems like is his signature of structured mirror-work dresses, tailored blazers+shorts, plus his other staples that just stopped us short of writing him off somewhat.


Arora’s signature psychedelic rendering of Indian motifs+oodles of neon and fun prints on his chic short dresses, those that were not, tights, skirts, and his amaze accessories and bags were an absolute hit with everyone, and nothing proved it more than the fact that his legion of fans were willing to sweat it out in a show area inside a plastic tent that was clearly too hot for anyone to sit in comfortably in this weather.



French photographer and designer, Hedi Slimane’s first outing with Celine left many a Phoebe Philo fan heartbroken as he replaced the feminist wave she’d brought about with her immaculately tailored gender-fluid pieces with his 80s-inspired, party girl aesthetic that had made his ‘ol reign at Saint Laurent an entirely profitable one. We weren’t entirely hating the mostly black collective (with bursts of colour in between), but we can understand how many a Philo fan would be left utterly heartbroken with this change of guard, and sensibility!




Anthony Vaccarello’s throwback to the decades ranging from the 60s right through to the 80s was a stunning display of leather shorts, velvet jackets, cowboy hats, highwaisted cropped pants, mini dresses with plunging necklines and more.



Nicolas Ghesquiere showcase at the courtyard of the Louvre no less carried forward his AI-inspired clothes over from Balenciaga, and we saw similar, as well as floral colourful prints on everything from tees, dresses, jackets, pants and jumpsuits, with more straitlace pieces like androgynous suits, white polo necks and leather jackets worn with boots both ankle-length and above.

Karl Lagerfeld had an entire beach created indoors at the Grand Palais, as he had models sashaying the sand in logo-ed shirts, belts, lace pants, straw hats and lots of glittering evening wear, and we went va-va-voom.