When we arrived in the French capital, Paris Fashion Week was about to begin. You can imagine my delight when I received invitations to attend a few runway shows. It was my first season and after experiencing New York and London Fashion Week, I couldn’t wait to see what Paris had in store.
One of the most wonderful things about the shows in Paris are the exquisite buildings they take place in. Our appointments took us all over the city, giving us the opportunity to explore so many beautiful places in Paris, and see some incredible fashion. After a morning café au lait and croissant at we made our way over to Place des Vosges, located in Le Marais. There was a beautiful courtyard and water fountain outside Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, where the runway show took place. We were ushered inside the gallery by the PR team and seated front row (eek!) for the PASKAL Spring 2018 collection presentation.
PASKAL is known for their intricate laser cutting techniques and delicate silhouettes. Designer Julie Paskal created her brand in 2013 after graduating with a degree in architecture. Originally from the Ukraine, PASKAL has been showcasing in Paris since 2016. Her collections have been very well received and various pieces have been featured in windows of Colette.
We couldn’t have asked for a better way to begin Paris fashion week. The laser cutting technique by PASKAL is so distinctive and created the most interesting silhouettes. The collection was called ‘Head in the Clouds’ and played with different fabric weights and cuts. Describing her style as ‘fluent in shapes, lines and structures,’ the pieces floated down the runway in pretty sorbet colours. The shades were reminiscent of the colours you would find in a sunset. PASKAL now has over 50 stockists globally including Net-a-Porter.
Our next show location was near The Louvre, at the École des Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts.) When we took our seats, we knew we were about to see something special. Anrealage, by Japanese designer Kunihiko Morinaga was inspired by Power. His innovative use of technology, incorporated with street style vibes created a really interesting and exciting collection.
The silhouettes were architectural and draped, creating soft and exaggerated shapes. Each garment looked like a piece of art, accessorized with the coolest pair of white sneakers. One of the standout features in the collection was the use of tape to form criss-crossed, checked and argyle patterns on transparent fabrics. I loved all the bouffant sleeves and delicate fabrics, which still evoked power dressing.
For the final looks, the lights were shut off. The models strutted down the pitch black runway, before the garments, made out of fluorescent ‘mechanochromic’ fabrics, lit up, illuminating the show space. It was a cool juxtaposition to be inside a beautiful, old building in the centre of Paris, watching the latest style in Japanese fashion, literally glow. An incredible showcase that was futuristic, and really fun.I departed our last show beaming. I’m a girl who always aspired to attend runway shows in major cities, and my first time at Paris Fashion Week was just as magical as I envisioned. As we passed the Louvre on our way to dinner, I posed for a few last minute photos. Capturing a very happy moment I will always remember fondly.