Sofia Achaval’s Spring 2020 Paris Fashion Week Diary: Day 2
The Daily Front Row‘s Paris correspondent, Sofia Achaval de Montaigu, attends the shows at Fashion Week and lets us know what is going down on the biggest runways in the City of Lights.
DAY 2: SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
My first fashion show for Spring/Summer 2020 Paris Fashion Week was Dior. The Longchamp Racecourse was turned into a mystic secret garden surrounded by 164 trees. Tags detailed their origins and future destinations, delivering a message of environmental awareness given that they will be replanted by Atelier Coloco. Among the guests were Jorja Smith, Karlie Kloss, Erin O’Connor, and Jennifer Lawrence, who stole everyone’s attention by wearing a total black outfit comprised of a pleated skirt, a crop top and a leather jacket.
Models walked over wet soil in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s designs wearing braids and big straw hats, thus reflecting the ecological theme of this collection inspired by nature. Long sheer dresses embroidered with floral motifs were matched with espadrilles and flip flops, resulting in a laid-back look. Tie-dye items were present as well.
Following Dior, I went to Centre Pompidou’s library for Koche’s show, which took place among reading tables and shelves full of books. Of course, the attendees were gifted different books as a souvenir. On the runway we saw the clothes on models like Taylor Wells but also on non-models, like journalist Leaf Greener. Koché’s new collection had a clear preppy inspiration that could be seen in looks such as sporty outfits, skirts matched with polos and striped dresses. The outfits were finished with big sparkly jewels, eye-catching bonnets with feathers and even gloves in some occasions. Towards the end of the show, the models walked as they read.
Saint Laurent’s show closed the day with the Eiffel Tower in the background and hundreds of laser lights that brightened the rainy Parisian night and guided the models. Celebrities were present not only up on the catwalk but also to the sides, with the Korean singer Rosé standing out as her fans cheered before and after the show. Kate Moss, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rami Malek, and Chiara Ferragni also said yes to this fashion date.
On the runway, the models that stole everyone’s attention were Kaia Gerber and the legendary Naomi Campbell, who closed the show with a sequin black dress. The ’70s-inspired collection was dreamy, the designs made of gold lamé being my favorites. Models had their hair loose and middle parted, some of them wearing turbans while others wore dark glasses.