PARIS (AP) — From escapism at the disco, to resistance and aggression, even to pondering the importance of the postal service while working from home, designers in Paris have presented divergent creative responses to the global health crisis as spring-summer shows continued Friday.
Like Milan before it, Paris is undertaking an unusual fashion season for spring-summer 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
For its nine-day duration, the calendar is flitting between 16 in-person, ready-to-wear runway collections, with masked guests, celebrities and editors in seated rows, around 20 in-person presentations, and several dozen completely digital shows streamed online with promotional videos.
Some of the show’s highlights:
The starting point of the latest collection from the Japanese house famed for its techo-fabrics came as the designer was staring one day at a sea of boxes and contemplating the sheer amount of clothing due to be shipped to Paris from his native country.
There Satoshi Kondo had what the house called an “epiphany” about a design idea — making a whole display so compact that it could fit into one box — by tying, rolling, folding, stacking, and layering garments.
“I was inspired by the idea of delivering garments in compact forms to people all around the world and by doing so sharing the wonder and joy of unpacking them,” Kondo told The Associated Press in an email.