Paris, apart from its unequaled cultural heritage, is also known as the birthplace of Haute couture. The capital of the fashion industry and home to many celebrated luxury brands and Haute Couture Maisons, Paris has never disappointed fashion lovers. The moment fashion, luxury, and extravagance are being talked about, the first name that comes to mind is - Paris Fashion Week.
Even when the whole world is going head over heels and the global fashion industry is struggling without live fashion shows and red carpet events for more than 1.5 years due to the pandemic, the spirit of fashion is still alive. Fashion designers partaking in the Paris Fashion Week 2021 have left no stone unturned in organizing fashion shows to showcase their collections on the ramp.
|2021||Menswear||June 22 to June 27, 2021||Finished|
|2021||Haute Couture||July 5 to July 8, 2021||Finished|
|2021||Womenswear||September 27 to October 5, 2021||Scheduled|
|2022||Menswear||January 18 to January 23, 2022||Scheduled|
|2022||Haute Couture||January 24 to January 27, 2022||Scheduled|
|2022||Womenswear||February 28 to March 8, 2022||Scheduled|
|2022||Menswear||June 21 to June 28, 2022||Scheduled|
|2022||Haute Couture||July 3 to July 7, 2022||Scheduled|
|2022||Womenswear||September 26 to October 4, 2022||Scheduled|
Although many (around 24) fashion houses have opted for the digital runaways despite France easing social restrictions pertaining to the pandemic, the autumn-winter 2021-22 presentations underlined the importance of in-person fashion shows, the antidote for fashion houses to survive. It emphasized that designs have to be wearable and functional to prosper.
Therefore, many noted fashion designers, international press, fashion connoisseurs, and buyers gathered to witness 33 luxury brands showcasing their collection on the physical runway.
Here is a glimpse to the participants of the physical and digital runways:
|Brands that chose physical runways||Brands that chose online runways|
|Giorgio Armani Privé||Imane Ayissi|
|Chanel||Viktor & Rolf, to name a couple of them|
|Jean Paul Gaultier|
|Pyer Moss, to name a few|
Digital fashion shows are undoubtedly cost-effective and need fewer efforts to pull off as compared to physical shows. Moreover, these have come up as a standard practice owing to the global health crisis. Most importantly, the entire fashion industry is wondering if the online runaways would become the new physical.
However, nothing can outdo the charm and grandeur of the in-person runway rivalries. And, the City of Lights has proved it one more time.
For the fashion brands that showed physically, Paris felt like a runway expanding all over the city. Some of the most-loved venues included:
Chanel hosted their fashion show and a Gabrielle Chanel (the founder) retrospective at the Palais Galliera (Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris), a popular fashion museum. And such an iconic Parisian venue was itself a showstopper.
The president of Chanel, Bruno Pavlovsky, told an esteemed fashion journal that all these successful fashion shows happening today strengthen the standing of Paris as the capital of fashion, luxury, and creativity.
The latest collection of Chanel was all about restoring the importance of haute couture post-pandemic restrictions.
The FHCM (Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode) has started operating SPHERE since January 2020. SPHERE is a Paris Fashion Week showroom supported by L’Oréal Paris and LE DEFI. It is an integral part of the FHCM's calling to encourage and promote young and emerging designers.
It is a platform that brings together various brands owing to their development potential and creativity. In the latest season, the SPHERE was commenced at the Palais de Tokyo (June 23 to June 27, 2021). If you are looking for the digital version, it will also be available to you by invitation, supported by the Le New Black and Grand Shooting.
The Maisons include the following:
The Paris Fashion Week is unquestionably one of the most cherished moments etched on the fashion calendar. It is something that fashion lovers wait for. Although the pandemic has caused and still causing various impediments for the designers, both digital-first and physical presentations, finished and upcoming, show that nothing can stop Paris and its fashion designers from showcasing their skills and coming up with great designs to boast about.