As a month of fashion shows draws to a close, Paris has managed to revive our interest in the spring/summer 2020 collections thanks to gasp-inducing catwalk moments that conveyed a sense of optimism and joy.
With models dressed by drones at Issey Miyake, Bella Hadid becoming an 18th century bride at Vivienne Westwood and tropical foliage headdresses commanding the runway at Noir Kei Ninomiya, Paris has thrown up some spectacular runway moments to close Fashion Week.
Recurring themes of childhood and joy show designers pointing us towards an optimistic future in uncertain times.
Issey Miyake’s optimistically titled “Sense of Joy” collection didn’t disappoint. New designer Satoshi Kondo opted for a choreographed routine that saw dancers use movement to show off the clothes while underwear-clad models were dressed from overhead by drones carrying multi-coloured pleated dresses.
The jollity continued at Nina Ricci, where childhood essentials served as sartorial inspiration. The “Ninalicious” collection gave us shiny beach buckets reimagined as stylish hats and bags, bubblegum silhouettes and earrings reminiscent of oversized marbles.
Noir Kei Ninomiya
Part of the Comme des Garçons family, Japanese designer Kei Ninomiya thrilled his audience with a step away from sturdy, heavily constructed pieces for an intricate, light-as-air collection decorated with horticultural delights including tropical leaf headdresses. Dresses were suggestive of tiered clouds, spiky white cacti and huge blooming flowers while an oversized woollen cape coat looked like a walking garden.
“I think this may actually have to be my real wedding gown,” Bella Hadid declared of her show-closing Marie Antoinette-inspired dress at the Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood show.
Watched from the front row by Pamela Anderson and Dame Vivienne herself, the designer’s husband presented a fantastical array of ideas including a fish worn as a hat, swirling orange corsets and a soft, sheeny pink presented in coats, suits and a standout dirndl dress.
It may be the spring/summer collection but Christmas bells appeared to be the inspiration behind the mesmerising metallic ballgowns at Balenciaga. A sculptural fairytale theme gave us cartoon princesses - and Cruella de Vil-style baddies.
Images: Getty/Instagram/Noir Kei Ninomiya