Imperial Valley Press

Paris Fashion Week highlights Renaissanc­e art, eco-tanning


PARIS – From Renaissanc­e art to couture and celebrity interrupti­ons, Paris Fashion Week shows continued in vibrant form – presenting the final trends for fall-winter 2023-2024.

Here are some highlights of readyto-wear collection­s Thursday:


The once-street and urban Matthew M. Williams uttered a word not often heard describing his designs: Elegant.

“Yes, I love elegance and the house is a very elegant house. It’s easy to find that way when you’re here,” he said following his fall show for the Parisian stalwart.

Find it this season he did. Williams went back to Hubert de Givenchy’s DNA and moved in a more fluid, gentle and feminine direction than previous seasons. It was a fresh, welcome evolution from his harder-edged aesthetic.

Menswear tailoring in black angular shouldered gowns and coats provided subtle contrasts against feminine touches, such as sheer chiffon that poked out underneath caressing a naked leg.

Another sheer gown in pink chiffon with long fluttering train exposed hints of nipples and buttocks.

“I love that breath of air and skin and fluidity,” he said. “There’s always a dialogue with both, but the women’s is much more feminine (this season).”

Pieces were taken direct from the archive, such as a fish motif that the house founder once created, and Givenchy’s famed atelier made multiple couture garments including shimmering metal dresses, as well as evening gowns with off-kilter dropped or raised waists.

Beyond the fashion, Williams – an erstwhile collaborat­or with Kanye West and Lady Gaga – brings with him the razzmatazz that likely helped him get the job.

Jared Leto interrupte­d an interview with The Associated Press, exuberantl­y exclaiming: “Genius! Parfait! Beautiful. The best! And you can quote me.”


Fall saw Gabriela Hearst growing in creative confidence with her beautiful and thoughtful Chloe display that riffed on the Renaissanc­e.

Inspired by Artemisia Gentilesch­i, the pioneering 17th-century female painter, flattering scooped out shoulder details, long thick statement coats and flared textured pants were among standout garments that felt at once modern and historic – emanating a quiet feminist power.

The baroque musing was handled with subtlety. A giant A-line puffer cape in ruffled Elizabetha­n segments came in restrained and contempora­ry black. While harlequin-style gowns came in just three colors – black, white and muted red – toying with color blocking.

The piece de resistance? An eye-popping multicolor­ed tapestry dress with sporty straps that was constructe­d of fabulous paneled images. The tapestry was inspired by Gentilesch­i’s painting “Esther before Ahasuerus,” the house said, and made by Mumbai’s Chanakya Internatio­nal embroidery studio that provides hand embroidery training for women from low-income communitie­s. Its vibrancy also evoked the Modernist paintings hanging above the venue at the Pompidou Center’s National Museum of Modern Art.

Champagne-sipping stars such as Emma Roberts applauded from the front row.

 ?? AP PHOTO/ LEWIS JOLY ?? A model wears a creation as part of the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2023-2024 ready-to-wear collection presented on Thursday.
AP PHOTO/ LEWIS JOLY A model wears a creation as part of the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2023-2024 ready-to-wear collection presented on Thursday.

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