From Rick Owens and Louis Vuitton, to Marine Serre, Ottolinger, and Ninamounah: these are the shows you need to see
The end of the AW21 season is nigh, but before it hits its crescendo, there’s still Paris Fashion Week’s uber-meaty line-up of shows to get through. Taking place across the course of the next eight days, big players and rising stars alike are getting set to debut what they’ve been working on for the last few months, with Marine Serre, Louis Vuitton, Ottolinger, and Rick Owens among them. With the virus that needs no introduction still relegating the runway to the digital realm for another season, the good news is we’ve all got a seat on the front row, baby. With that in mind, we’re rounding up everything you need to see in one handy rolling guide. Keep checking back as we’ll be updating as we go.
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Given the events of 2020, you’d be hard-pressed to convince us that Marine Serre wasn’t some kind of soothsayer. Having spent the last three years imagining a bleak post-apocalyptic future that necessitated the use of heavy-duty masks and utilitarian protective gear, the only thing she really got wrong about ‘the end of the world’ was just how mind-numbingly boring it would be. Now, as she kicks off Paris Fashion Week’s latest outing, Serre seeks to rectify just that.
Focusing on the minutiae of everyday life, as models tend plants, head out for a jog, snap selfies, and play instruments, the designer’s AW21 Core collection offers fun for all the family. Going far beyond the runway and imagining the ways the clothing will come to life on in the real world, Serre explains that the offering is “a love letter to everyone that makes our story possible. Our realities. Our families. Our lives”. With mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, and the kids all catered for, the designer blasts her crescent moon across more signature second-skin bodysuits, recycled denim, and buttersoft leather, while salvaged quilts and garish fleece blankets are transformed into outerwear and accessories for another season.
Elsewhere, band tees are slashed and spliced together to create striking hybrid styles, and her signature mask plays its part too. With classic logo-emblazoned nylon versions featuring heavily, there are also silk versions designed to be swept round the neck like a scarf – ideal for those that like a touch more drama from their ‘rona wear.