“Spring 2018” Paris Fashion week
One of the biggest trends of the Spring/Summer 18 season so far, is hardly new. We’ve been seeing a return to glamour and glitter for a few seasons now. But its ubiquity this month, from New York to London to Milan and now Paris is signalling a real shift.
This isn’t just a fleeting moment. It’s the fashion world resisting dark and deeply unnerving times the way it knows how: by celebrating beauty and the joy of life.
It’s time to get the heels back out (after the era of the sneaker, the Manolo is the shoe of choice on the street style circuit this season) and give in to the pull of sequins and glitter (an idea fashion insiders once snubbed as naff and frivolous.)
It’s telling that this was the season when the original Supermodels broke the Internet, vintage couture shapes made a comeback and Cindy Crawford’s daughter, Kaia Gerber, has emerged as fashion’s biggest new catwalk star
This was also the month in which KiraKira+, an app that adds a glittery filter to your photos on Instagram, started trending. Beauty, in its universally appealing sense, is big.
And for the most part, the austere minimalism, ‘ugly shoes’ and challenging shapes, that dominated the fashion story in recent years has taken a back seat, replaced by a kind of sartorial eye candy of the highest form.
Take Saint Laurent, for example, where creative director Anthony Vaccarello showed a fantastic, emotive tribute to Yves Saint Laurent’s long-time partner in business and love, Pierre Bergé, who passed away this month.