PARIS (AP) - Haunting music greeted drizzled-on VIP guests, including singer Janelle Monáe, who braved torrential rains in Paris to get to Valentino's experimental fashion show near the Invalides monument on Sunday. At Issey Miyake, a lone artist strode out to create an artistic installation on a vast white sheet of wall paper that had guests reaching for their cameras. Here are some highlights of the fall-winter 2020 ready-to-wear shows at Paris Fashion Week.
(Image: https://negativespace.co/page/1/1062)VALENTINO EXPERIMENTS WITH SUBTLE KINK Valentino's designer Pierpaolo Piccioli has been in an experimental mood of late. In Sunday's ready-to-wear show at Paris Fashion Week, this was more than apparent as the Italian-born designer dramatically departed from the house's oft-angelic signature designs. It was a nice change. In the place of purity this season was subtle kink. See-through black mesh gowns followed sheeny thigh-high black leather boots, while split-leg bustier gowns bore inches of flesh and some visible nipples.
Even the Renaissance-style capes, a Valentino touchstone for ages, were crafted for this fall in a provocative sheeny black on a model with dark eye make-up, stomping black wedge boots and schöne Damenhandtaschen, long blood-red leather gloves. This angel had fallen from heaven long ago, the show seemed to say. A model wears a creation for the Valentino fashion collection during Women's fashion week Fall/Winter 2020/21 presented in Paris, Sunday, March 1, 2020.
(AP Photo/Francois Mori) Aside from the kinky elements, there were lots great fashion-forward plays on shape. A black scarf insert fell off the back of one shoulder with an off-kilter air, like the single fallen wing of a dark angel. ISSEY MIYAKE'S VISUAL POETRY With a black felt-tip pen at the start of Issey Miyake's Paris fashion show, an artist sketched out a human shape on a paper sheet with speed and schöne Damenhandtaschen, impressive precision. Then, to gasps from the audience, that shape - and others next to it - were cut out.
As sections of paper fell to the ground, models appeared from behind the holes. It was an imaginative start to designer Satoshi Kondo's fall show, which began with a geometric series that riffed on this idea of thick lines cut out on clothes. All sorts of shapes and Markenhandtaschen aus weichem Leder square sections flickered out. The collection soon expanded into bright hues - with sheeny silk fabrics, weaves in extra-fine nylon yarn and colorful knits. Several busy jazzy prints - one in particular in apricot - seemed a little unnecessary and distracted from the beautiful shapes in the designs.
But Kondo made up for it with a deft play in form using the codes of the Japanese maison. Silk dresses curved back around at the bottom - like a sort of parachute sleeve - and formed a cape-hybrid. It filled with air as the models walked, and in the beautiful motion, it seemed as if the models might take flight. CHANEL TO LIVE-STREAM Luxury French brand Chanel said in addition to hosting its Paris Fashion Week show Tuesday, it will live-stream it on all of the storied house's social media platforms and its website, due to the new coronavirus outbreak.
Editors, such as those from China, who have not traveled to Paris or others in the industry who have anxiety over possibly contracting COVID-19 can thus see the display. France has banned all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people to slow its snowballing spread of virus cases and recommending that people no longer greet each other with kisses.