The Simpsons with an Édith Piaf touch: The recipe for happiness at Paris Fashion Week

The show was allowed to happen, it did happen. After several Fashion Weeks truncated by the pandemic, Paris Fashion Week 2022, which was held from September 27 to October 5, allowed to fully reconnect with the physical shows. And by the same token, to find a playful fashion calling to leave our cocoons, and project us towards the world before.

"Balenciaga won the Fashion Week

It's paradoxical, but what we will remember first of all this Fashion Week mostly physical - 80 shows out of 97 - is a digital presentation. The work of the inevitable Balenciaga: already among the most skilful during the period of forced digitization, the House has this time surprised its world by parading ... the Simpsons.

 The apotheosis of a show in two stages, started with a red carpet ceremony in trompe l'oeil where celebrities, models and members of the brand followed one another without knowing which look really belonged to the collection. Everyone then gathered to watch an episode of the famous series, whose characters parade in Balenciaga within a humorous story that plays on fashion and French clichés. " Balenciaga won the Fashion Week "exclaimed the critics.

La vie en rose

One of the stereotypes of the Balenciaga x The Simpsons video is the Edith Piaf classic 'La vie en rose', which can be set as the soundtrack of this Fashion Week. Where the last editions - both women's and men's, by the way - were all about cocooning with comforting pieces, the return of the physical broke with this dynamic to establish a new enthusiasm. Precisely embodied by the color pink.

Pink happiness, pink romance, pink candor. Like the promise of a better tomorrow, which will resemble the days before. In its wake, bright colors are on the rise, and revive the aesthetics cut. The Dior wardrobe was inspired by the psychedelic sixties, Saint Laurent and Chanel by the 80s disco, while Louis Vuitton played the masked ball and Givenchy rock & roll.

It is a festive air that floated on this Fashion Week, sublimated by the staging like the show to 6000 spectators orchestrated by Balmain. To the colors were added prints, bangs, embroidery, feathers or flashy jewelry. Loewe and LV reinvented the bib dress, Chanel turned swimwear into evening wear. Bodies are shown or extrapolated, gliding in vertiginous heels that we imagine slamming to the rhythm of the standard of La Môme.

The joy of wearing daring sneakers

If this Fashion Week was mostly about pumps - which did not lack fun like Loewe and its heels in the shape of egg, candle or ... pink - sneakers have not been left behind. And it's still Balenciaga who made the headlines, between Crocs, runners with a tire sole and a tapered shoe endorsed by Offset.

On the way to extravagance, Balmain will also have marked the spirits through a Slide liner, as well as Givenchy with a slip-on so YEEZY.

We even noted some collaborations. Lanvin wins the award for originality with its Cub Batman skateshoe, while COMME des GARÇONS continues its partnership with Salomon for a new salvo of technical pairs, and Miu Miu joins forces with New Balance for 574s with a frayed finish.

From head to toe and from start to finish, imagined in homage to the late Alber Elbaz, this Fashion Week proved to be refreshing. After a few reassuring seasons, this women's Spring/Summer 2022 edition sounds like the melody of a newfound happiness. And speaks to us, all but low, of a life in pink.
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