This evening marked game-changing French fashion house Vetements' first outing at Haute Couture Fashion Week.
Not that the brand, helmed by Balenciaga Creative Diretor Demna Gvasalia, actually presented a couture collection.
Instead it showed its spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection, a mammoth collaboration with 18 other brands, each picked specifically for its expertise in a certain area - e.g. Canada Goose for outerwear, Dr Martens for boots, Manolo Blahnik for women's heels, Juicy Couture for tracksuits (scroll down for full list of brands).
For a brand that has made its name by splicing old pairs of Levi's then stitching them back together off-kilter to create a modern-day icon, it was a genius concept.
As our Accessories Editor Donna Wallace, who was in Paris for the show, explained: 'It was the codes of the house redone in a more accessible way. They took the confinements of specific brands and cross-pollinated them with their own signatures. It all comes down to the Margiela approach.'
All the pieces will be available to buy - but don't expect them to be easy to get hold of, or as affordable as you may expect. 'The brand already survives on exclusive,' says Donna, and we doubt that's not going to change, even if they are partnering with attainable brands like Reebok and Eastpak. Your average designer collab this is not.
So, here's everything you need to know about the show...
Famous Paris shopping mall Galeries Lafayette was the stage for the highly-anticipated show.
Attendees were allocated seats in sections named after designer brands that have stores in Galeries Lafayette, like Chanel and Marc Jacobs...
Shoppers milled-around on the floors above, observing the odd goings-on below them.
Were on store directories, of course...
- Alpha Industries: bomber jackets
- Brioni: tailoring
- Canada Goose: outerwear
- Carhartt WIP: workwear
- Champion: sweats
- Church's: men's shoes
- Comme des Garçons: shirts and knits
- Dr. Martens: boots
- Eastpak: bags
- Hanes: T-shirts
- Juicy Couture: evening wear and track suits
- Levi's: denim
- Lucchese: cowboy boots
- Mackintosh: trench coats
- Manolo Blahnik: women's heels
- Reebok: sneakers and tracksuits
- Schott: leather jackets
The Boots Were Insane
Courtesy of Manolo Blahnik, the boots gave new meaning to the term 'thigh high'. Our Accessories Editor is calling them 'thights'...
And they even had pockets...
Pink Was In
Pale and powdery, but not the least bit girly...
We'll Probably All Being Doing This Soon
Welcome to the new way to wear your shirt...