5 PFW Shows Through The Eyes Of Instagram

Possibly the easiest-to-digest round-up of Paris Fashion Week ever

Stella McCartney SS16
07 Oct 2015

Stella McCartney SS16

Stella McCartney’s awesome knuckleduster invite.


Photo: @chrisellelim via Instagram

Stella McCartney SS16
07 Oct 2015

Stella McCartney SS16

“Women are my muse, women inspire me,” said the designer as she hugged her sister backstage before the show, held at Paris’ beautiful Palais Garnier. “I wanted to celebrate all the different types of women.”

Photo: @stellamccartney via Instagram

Stella McCartney SS16
07 Oct 2015

Stella McCartney SS16

The collection was dominated by vivid primary colours and long-line silhouettes, and every piece looked super comfy. Thing to note: Polo shirts are back!

Photo: @stellamccartney via Instagram 

Stella McCartney SS16
07 Oct 2015

Stella McCartney SS16

Summer vibes all round. These pleated numbers are perfect for strolling along the beach on a warm day, don’t you think?

Photo: @stellamccartney via Instagram

Chanel SS16
07 Oct 2015

Chanel SS16

The French house has done the supermarket, the brasserie, the demonstration and the casino, so what’s next? The airport, of course.

Photo: @chanelofficial via Instagram

Chanel SS16
07 Oct 2015

Chanel SS16

The Chanel-themed airport terminal was first-class - there were check-in desks manned by chic ground attendants, beautiful baggage trolleys and the most stylish patrons dressed head-to-toe in Chanel.

Photo: @stylesydneysocial via Instagram

Chanel SS16
07 Oct 2015

Chanel SS16

Amongst an array of metallic sandals and lace-up boots were these stand-out light-up sandals. Don’t they remind you of the ones that you wore (or admired from afar, if your parents didn’t approve of them) when you were a kid?

Photo: @chanelofficial via Instagram

Chanel SS16
07 Oct 2015

Chanel SS16

“Reunited and it feel so good! I would happily pick @karllagerfeld up from arrivals every day,” read Cara Delevingne’s Instagram post. The semi-retired (or is she already retired?) model and muse of the designer didn’t walk in this show, but made an appearance at the end with Hudson Kroenig to take a stroll around the terminal with Lagerfeld. 

Photo: @caradelevingne via Instagram

Chanel SS16
07 Oct 2015

Chanel SS16

Of course, Lagerfeld’s mother-daughter muses, Vanessa Paradis and Lily-Rose Depp, were on the ground to lend support.

Photo: @caradelevingne via Instagram

Hermès SS16
07 Oct 2015

Hermès SS16

The brand’s invite for its show was undeniably French - sophisticated, fuss-free and understated.

Photo: @hermes via Instagram


Hermès SS16
07 Oct 2015

Hermès SS16

For her second collection for the brand, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski took sports luxe to the next level. Tennis-inspired dresses were refreshed in the finest of silks and jumpsuits jazzed up in suede and leather. We don’t think you’ll be breaking a sweat in these numbers.

Photo: @hermes via Instagram

Hermès SS16
07 Oct 2015

Hermès SS16

Evening looks were topped off with oversized resin necklaces and belts, and teamed with sneakers.

Photo: @hermes via Instagram

Valentino SS16
07 Oct 2015

Valentino SS16

The collection was said to be inspired by “wild, tribal Africa”. 

Photo: @bryanboy via Instagram

Valentino SS16
07 Oct 2015

Valentino SS16

The models’ hair was done up in cornrows and dreadlocks for a full-fledged “African experience”, while their faces were kept clean and fresh.

Photo: @maisonvalentino via Instagram

Valentino SS16
07 Oct 2015

Valentino SS16

The collection featured bone necklaces, Kikuyu textiles, embroidery, feathers and other embellishments that were meant to celebrate the African spirit - a spirit that is “primitive, tribal, spiritual, yet regal” according to the house’s Twitter feed.

Photo: @maisonvalentino via Instagram

Valentino SS16
07 Oct 2015

Valentino SS16

Alas, the majority of models used were white. This was a show that will be remembered more for the controversy it sparked than the clothes (which were lust-worthy in their own right). 

Photo: @maisonvalentino via Instagram

Saint Laurent SS16
07 Oct 2015

Saint Laurent SS16

This show saw fashion’s original bad-ass princess, Agyness Deyn, return to the runway after being absent since 2011. “Thank you Hedi. That was a blast,” the 32-year-old posted on Instagram after the show, together with this pic.

Photo: @aggy_deyn via Instagram

Saint Laurent SS16
07 Oct 2015

Saint Laurent SS16

Hedi Slimane welcomed back glittery prom-queen tiaras and made them cool again with his collection. Models strutted down the runway with a devil-may-care attitude, sheathed in shiny, tiny dresses (featuring nip-slips), oversized sweaters and coats, and wellies.

Photo: @clubsaintlaurent via Instagram

Saint Laurent SS16
07 Oct 2015

Saint Laurent SS16

Yay or nay? One thing’s for sure: Slimane is definitely taking Saint Laurent in a direction that’s truly his own.

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You can read the countless reviews and news on this year’s Paris Fashion Week, but there’s nothing quite like seeing it, is there? So here’s a pictorial round-up with the help of Instagram users. As the saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words.

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ALSO: Watch the Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2016 show here or read about The Most Surprising Fashion Week Event here.

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