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Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2023: 3 Shows That Celebrated Parisian Style

French style is what Paris Fashion Week is all about.

Here we are, a few weeks after the spring/summer couture week that was somehow less inspiring than usual, looking at designers and maisons blooming in creativity, and bringing back what Parisian style is all about.

First came Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior, who has been paying tribute and taking inspiration from iconic women throughout history. And her FW 2023 collection for the French maison is no exception. With a spectacular set by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos and sharp collection inspired by Monsieur Dior’s sister Catherine, Chiuri seemed to be looking to the pivotal point of Dior’s history, the New Look, which defined the brand and had a strong connection with Catherine Dior herself. All 96 looks of the FW 2023 Dior collection put forward a very good indication of what the French girl wardrobe is made of, but of course “a la Maria Grazia Chiuri”.

Dior

Another maison, with as big of a history, brought back the epitome of French style this week. And frankly, it was, (and still is) by far, the best I’ve seen in years. Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent redefined and revived the ’80s, the blazer, skinny pants and skirts, with of course big accessories “a la Francaise.” Size and scale and proportions were everything at the Saint Laurent show. All models had sleek, puklled-back hair, black leather gloves, and big earrings. Besides the blazer being the master of the show, Vaccarello emphasized the cape on some of the looks too. Capes draped on top of blazers gave the collection a certain “flow”. The aestethic of the maison has been taking a new shift, a stronger one, a bolder one, an oversized one. And Saint Laurent FW 2023 is what we call power dressing.

Saint Laurent

Presented last night in Paris, the Balmain FW 2023 show was all about sculptural looks and angular silhouettes—think big shoulders, big collars, big bags, big hats and small berets, making it all so French, and so on-point. Compared to last season’s attention-grabbing show, the FW 2023 line is considerably more discrete (yet opulent somehow, staying true to the brand’s DNA), offering luxurious yet timeless pieces with impeccable attention to detail. Reminiscing the old-school glamor of the ’50s and even a touch of ’80s glam rock was what Olivier Rousteing made us feel last night: The new Parisian chicness.

Balmain

Below, a closer look at some of the looks that best embodied Parisian style

Balmain

Balmain

Dior

Dior

Dior

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

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