As each major fashion house showcased its design for Spring/Summer 2023, the fashion style set descended upon the world’s major fashion capitals to witness the best and brightest put on their stunning displays.
Here we give you a round-up of the main fashion week highlights from New York to Paris.
New York Fashion Week
Fendi Finale Photo Credit: Getty Images
Fashion week kicked off in New York per usual, with the city that never sleeps providing an idyllic backdrop for stunning collections from some of the world’s most famous brands.
Starting off at Fendi, Kim Jones and Marc Jacobs came together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic Baguette bag. In an ode to all that is New York, the highly-anticipated runway event featured Tiffany & Co charms and even a necklace version of the baguette. It was also a moment for supermodel Linda Evangelista as she closed the show in a stunning Tiffany blue taffeta gown after a 15-year hiatus from the runway.
There was more celebration at Proenza Schouler as Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez celebrate 20 years of Proenza Schouler. The collection featured seamless silhouettes that resembled a second skin and emphasized its craftsmanship in the details with dramatic sleeves and pant bottoms.
Marni was filled with bright colors, tie-dye-like prints, and androgynous ensembles, the streetwear-inspired collection was the first runway show outside of Milan. And with an audience including Madonna, Doja Cat, Anna Wintour, and Kendall Jenner, Creative Director, Risso’s runway debut in New York couldn’t be described as anything other than a complete hit.
London Fashion Week
At one point, London Fashion Week looked like it may not go ahead at all following the queen's death, but the event continued, although largely scaled back.
J W Anderson brought his trademark subversive humor to proceedings, sending out an upside-down jumper as a dress, WITH the metal clothes hanger around the neck of the model. Molly Goddard also delivered a stunning show, in bright rainbow tones and with ruffles for days.
London fashion week closed with a fitting tribute to Queen Elizabeth II as Richard Quinn dedicated his entire show to the mourning dress of the monarch.
The first 18 looks sent out on the runway were all black widows' weeds, adorned with feathers and jewellery and draped in heavy lace veils. Beautiful and moving, it seemed fitting that the first recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Fashion Award, in 2018, should now pay homage to the monarch who had sat front row at his first show.
Milan Fashion Week
Italians do it better, bolder, and brighter when it comes to fashion month, which is why the week is always a highlight. From luxury favorites like Prada, Giorgio Armani, and Bottega Veneta to our new favorites like Blumarine, Diesel, and Jil Sander.
Starting at Gucci had us seeing double with their ‘horrific’ (thanks to the omnipresent Gremlin motif) take on twin dressing for their ‘Twinsburg’ show that paid homage to the relationship the house’s creative director Alessandro Michelle had with his own mother and aunt, who were twin siblings.
Paris Hilton took command of the Versace stage with her sparkling hot pink mini dress. The outfit paid tribute to the dress she famously donned for her 21st birthday which has since become somewhat of a mythical legend.
Paris Hilton was not the only celebrity to grace the catwalk with Italian fashion label, Dolce and Gabbana partnering with Kim Kardashian in a presentation dubbed "Ciao, Kim." The 85-look collection melded Old Hollywood glamour with plenty of throwback '90s elements — and plenty of not-so-subtle references to Kardashian herself.
Paris Fashion Week
Rounding out four weeks of non-stop shows, parties, promotions, and appointments, the frenzy concludeD with Paris Fashion Week, arguably the crown jewel of each season. With some highly-anticipated presentations: Loewe, Schiaparelli, Victoria Beckham, and Balenciaga among them.
It started at the Balenciaga show, where Kanye West made his modelling debut on the brand's runway in a blacked-out look that fit the ‘WAR’ theme to the tea. As a long-time friend of the house's creative director, Demna Gvasalia, who goes by Demna, the pair has collaborated with Kanye West many times.
If there was one runway performance that stole the show, it was Coperni’s. The Parisian ready-to-wear brand’s spring-summer ‘Coperni Femme’ collection went viral thanks to two spray guns and an almost naked Bella Hadid. Stepping out onto an illuminated platform wearing nothing but skin-toned underwear, Hadid stood while Fabrican, a spray-on fabric, was applied to her body before being trimmed by a Coperni designer into a relaxed white midi-dress with a slit.
On the final day, it was only fitting the best of Paris's was saved until the very last. Chanel revealed their spring/summer 2023 collections on the final day of Paris Fashion week and was worth the wait.
Chanel, creative director Virginie Viard described the collection as a “collage of glamour, swirling with modernity and lightness”. The latest collection brought plenty of polka dots, houndstooth tweeds, silk chiffon, pearls and bows to wrap up Paris Fashion Week.
What do you think of the collections from fashion week?