Its been over a year since we got the chance to watch a fashion show unfold live in front of an audience, and the designers did not hold back on their new designs or the presentation.
It wouldn’t be the Paris fashion week without the French luxury Maison, Louis Vuitton. There was certainly a lot of excitement to see what’s coming up next for their Spring/Summer 2022 collection.
The mind behind the show is Nicolas Ghesquiere’s, which is the second time he has created the perfect runway for Louis Vuitton. During their first collaboration, due to covid, Ghesquiere staged a wonderful studio shoot.
This time was no less spectacular. He shot a movie featuring the new collection at a sculpture park outside of Paris conceived by artwork by the late Israeli environmental artist Dani Karavan.
Virgil Abloh’s collection gives a sense of luxury, colour, and freedom, with his new multi-layered, uplifting, and materializing far more than clothes. Abloh made it very clear, like many other designer brands, that for this collection, he wanted to give light and hope to the world through fashion after the horrendous year the world has had.
Abloh took chess as one of his organizing themes for timely reasons beyond the binary clash between the cultures of suits and tracksuits. He said, “ The game of chess, as it relates to life—this idea of two entities that always battle strategically.
Also, how the same pieces are divided by colour on the board, that makes them inherently at odds.” He added, “ I thought there were some great parallels as we come out of 2020 in the cultural on text. Then I linked that to the Damier print in the Louis Vuitton archive.
So I was looking at the brand, interpreting things through a historical lens”. His stylist Ibrahim Kamara took the keynote for the Hess-piece silhouettes and combined it with tall hats, furry headphones, and long skirts that resemble styles worn by the Queen, the knights, and paws.
The 2022 Dior fashion show took place in the stunning and historic Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, where the Ancient Greeks used to perform their Olympic sports back in 330 BC. Clean in cream activewear, the models walked through the stadium’s 185- meter laps. The collection consisted of natural tones and abstract prints.
Chiuris inspiration was the classic Greek- Italian ancient style and reconstruction of Christian Dior’s old troops, creating a more athletic style of the Bar Jacket by removing its lining and changing the fabric to fit sportswear. Along with the stunning collection were the oversized white trainers that the models sported on the runway.
The designer made a note saying this wasn’t really about the sportswear, but about the desires that make us adapt sporty cuts and fabrics into our everyday wardrobes.