Paris, start the fashion days. PFW kicks off fashion shows for spring / summer 2022. The calendar of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode includes eight days full of fashion shows, presentations and events, anticipated yesterday by a handful of shows. There is no shortage of appointments in digital format, but almost all the historic fashion houses have chosen to return to the physical format, including Chanel, Dior, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy. The fashion houses of Kering, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga are back on the calendar. After two seasons in Milan, Valentino is also part of the event, with the other Italians Miu Miu and Giambattista Valli also present. Debut on the Rochas catwalk for Charles de Vilmorin, new creative director of the fashion house. In schedule the Japanese Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto, the British Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith.
Balmain will celebrate 10 years of Olivier Rousteing’s creative direction. The inauguration of the exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs ‘Thierry Mugler, Couturissime’ is also planned. At Cinémathèque française the ribbon of the retrospective ‘CinéMode’ will be cut with the presence of the curator Jean Paul Gaultier. The special issue of Vogue Paris, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the magazine, arrives on newsstands today, preceding the ‘Vogue 1920-2020’ exhibition at the Palais Galliera by a few days. The issue will be the last directed by Emmanuelle Alt.
The most anticipated event of the week, however, is the collaborative show dedicated to Alber Elbaz, a designer who died suddenly last April, a few months after the launch of the new Az Factory brand. The fashion show will take place on October 5th, at the end of the fashion week. The maison involved are 44, between big and emerging, each will create a look inspired by the designer’s style. Among the Italians involved are Gucci and Versace, Armani, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Giambattista Valli and Valentino. The event will be broadcast at 8 pm on azfactory.com, Youtube and Instagram.