When it comes to fashion weeks, Paris runways never disappoint. The fashion capital of the world recently concluded its Fall 2023 shows at the end of June, and we’re recapping our favorite notable looks from the runway shows.
We can’t recap our favorite fashion moments without mentioning latex. Thom Browne is probably best known for his use of tailoring, avant garde designs and playful mix of masculine and feminine details, plenty of which were featured in the designer’s Parish show. The collection played with tailoring and androgyny, including pairing blazers with high waisted shorts, embellished coats and dresses paired with knee-high rugby socks, tailored suits with soft details, and lots of accessories, many of which were latex.
Vex was honored to be included in the collection, designing a number of pieces that were both accents and focal points to the designs. Items included latex bodysuits with applique ties evoking the brand’s androgynous aesthetic, latex gloves and skull caps, and latex stocking in the signature Thom Browne stripes. We’re so excited to see latex play a bigger role in fashion week!
Louis Vuitton by Pharrell
In perhaps one of the season’s buzziest showings, Pharrell made his debut as the creative director for LV’s menswear line during the Paris fashion week and it did not disappoint. The collection was a multimedia experience, including a livestream with a short film and the IRL runway show. The livestream garnered more than 700 million worldwide views just on Louis Vuitton platforms, emphasizing the interest in Pharrell’s designs, which included a mix of classic tailoring and familiar monogramming fused with streetwear.
Williams’ personality and personal style was clearly injected into the collection, which featured classic separates in playful prints and textures. One dominant print was reminiscent of a checkered almost puzzle like pattern, sometimes featured on leather. Other leather or rubber pieces were visible in the form of pants, bags, coats, shorts and boots. Williams’ aesthetic gives the brand a slightly edgier feel, while still remaining true to the LV DNA. No latex was present in the show, but we can’t help but wonder if we’ll see it appear in future collections.
Loewe’s all-star attendance didn’t take away from the house’s runway show, which featured a number of memorable looks for its menswear collection. The show played with proportion, texture and color, culminating in a high impact show. Latex wasn’t one of the materials used in the show, but designer Jonathan Anderson explored textures by incorporating some latex-like materials. Some of the noteworthy designs include a two piece dark green studded leather ensemble with matching sunglasses and two oversized leather jumpsuits in black and red. The mix of fabrics, waistlines and shoulder silhouettes made for an interesting gender ambiguous collection.
Held at the historical Versailles, Jacquemus’ runway show was a nod to two great historical fashion legends, Marie Antoinette and Princess Diana. The double muses inspired a collection that featured lace, ruffles, sheer tops, tutus and bloomers. It played with proportions, floating between lingerie-esque tops and tights, short but puffy mini dresses and plenty of tailoring in the form of sharp 80s style blazers.
The end result floated between femininely flirty, yet edgy. While no latex was used in the collection, the dual coquettish and at times androgynous aesthetic is something we appreciate. A few of our favorite looks are below.
Photo credits:Vogue & Harper’s Bazaar
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