Louis Vuitton Welcomes You to the Age of Enlightenment

An unprecedented second digital fashion week is almost coming to a close—but not before the French capital puts its pièces de résistance down the runway. Over the next eight days, both rising brands and the biggest houses will show at Paris Fashion Week. Louis Vuitton, Ottolinger, Rick Owens, Marine Serre, and Thebe Magugu are just a handful of the labels that will present virtually. Plus, Gabriela Hearst makes her highly anticipated debut at Chloé as creative director. Below, take a look at the W editors’ favorite looks from the season.

THE LOOK: A play on proportions, with ballooning jackets and skirts, and most looks paired with slouchy, knee-high boots.

THE INSPIRATION: “There’s no need to venture far to create the impression of traveling. It’s enough to reach far back… to the Golden Age, or Age of Enlightenment, eras that forged the essence of our civilization,” according to Nicolas Ghesquière.

THE LOOK: Ski-inspired luxury done in tweed and chiffon.

THE INSPIRATION: Chanel’s fall 1994 collection, the Left Bank nightclub Chez Castel, and Stella Tennant’s enduring personal style.

THE LOOK: Futuristic meets folklore.


THE LOOK: Feminine, dressed-up, and sparkling—with a touch of the ‘80s.

THE INSPIRATION: Princess Diana. Creative director Julien Dossena, it turns out, has been watching The Crown.

THE LOOK: Pastel puffers, knitted hat-mask co-ords, and bathing suits with ski-gear for women who dare.

THE INSPIRATION: A mountain fantasy escape to the Dolomites where the presentation was staged.

THE LOOK: Spacesuits, lace-up flight boots, parachute coats, and aviator glasses—all ready for takeoff.

THE INSPIRATION: The freedom and glamour of travel.

THE LOOK: The range of this Xuly Bet collection goes from classic sports jackets to galactic, metallic leggings, and into colorful faux-fur coats.

THE INSPIRATION: The limit does not exist.

THE LOOK: Tailoring to the extreme.

THE INSPIRATION: Going for the gusto—with Browne’s signature house codes in mind.

THE LOOK: We were especially drawn to some of the more demure looks Schiaparelli presented for fall 2021—like this chic black dress or a checkered skirt suit.

THE INSPIRATION: Daring to be different.

THE LOOK: Flocks of feathers atop some of the maison’s classic pieces like this shift dress, or a checkered coat.

THE INSPIRATION: A walk on the glamorous side.

THE LOOK: Femininity was on display at Giambattista Valli’s latest presentation, where it was hard not to feel the love for a mini skirt or a dramatic bow.

THE INSPIRATION: Romantic thrills—and frills.

THE LOOK: While there may not be much world traveling going on at the moment, Balmain’s newest collection is ready to transport you in style—once the world is ready. As an added comfort plus, find this olive green purse and/or neck pillow.

THE INSPIRATION: Jet-set lifestyle.

THE LOOK: Plenty of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s now trademark take on classic tailoring: tweeds on tweeds, and red and black riding hoods.

THE INSPIRATION: A fairytale of grungy tones, with romantic tulles and doilies paired alongside relaxed denim.

THE LOOK: Whimsical sophistication, pearls and Bauhaus graphic prints, sharp suiting with easy relaxed dresses.

THE INSPIRATION: Positivity, optimism, and dressing for brighter days.

THE LOOK: Smart trousers, belted jackets, exaggerated scarf prints, and slick leather.

THE INSPIRATION: Confidence and ease of movement for a world post-lockdown.

THE LOOK: Extreme cozy knits, relaxed femininity, elevated comfort.

THE INSPIRATION: Transformation and rebirth. Joseph Altuzarra was inspired by images of butterfly wings which he collaged into colorful prints.

THE LOOK: Headscarves, chunky platforms, and logomania. Versace introduced the new La Greca monogram, a riff on the house’s signature Greek Key. The supermodel-packed runway had everything one could want in a fall collection: cool tones in brown and dark red, patent trench coats, and of course, the fan-favorite mini-skirt.

THE INSPIRATION: The ’90s meets right now. Reinvention.

THE LOOK: Oh to be inside to the talented mind of Jonathan Anderson! This season, the designer continued his infamous plays on proportion with a pair of wide leather culottes, while also taking note of a slimmer, equally chic silhouette in the form of suede trousers and an off-the-shoulder embellished dress.

THE INSPIRATION: Joy, mood-enhancing color therapy.

THE LOOK: Houndstooth checks, lady-like suiting in feminine hues, cloche hats, and fuzzy heels in Yves Klein blue.

THE INSPIRATION: Paring back to the basics.

THE LOOK: Sporty Space Age separates, and flashy boots made for dancing.

THE INSPIRATION: Coperni’s latest collection felt like an homage to the nightlife that we’ve all been missing this past year. Going out attire has never felt more nostalgic.

THE LOOK: It was another otherworldly collection from Rick Owens this season with apocalyptic style puffer jackets and galactic sequin jumpsuits.

THE INSPIRATION: Escaping to an alternate universe is still the designer’s modus operandi.

THE LOOK: Gabriela Hearst’s first collection at Chloé was a combination of the neutral tones we’ve come to expect and love from the French fashion house paired with the chic, sleek silhouettes Hearst made her namesake at her eponymous brand. The newcomer herself even closed out the show in one of the collections’ many patterned frocks.

THE INSPIRATION: Sustainability and philanthropy.

THE LOOK: Slips and shirtdresses, with some carefully tailored suiting thrown in the mix.


THE LOOK: Count on Vaquera to broaden your sartorial horizons each season with their unique takes on texture and proportion; these elongated sleeves were hard to miss.

THE INSPIRATION: Onstage performance.

THE LOOK: Kwaidan Editions’s patent leather trenches and skirts were surefire dial-turners.

THE INSPIRATION: The brand continued to amp up the volume on their take of chic, ’90s minimalism.

THE LOOK: Volume, bow blouses, and feathers, oh my!

THE INSPIRATION: Patou pressed on with the brand’s signature playfulness this season.

THE LOOK: Other than Marine Serre’s half-moon print (which the brand has become known for and was all over their fall 2021 offering,) the latest collection played with an abundance of patterns including plaids and paisleys. There were also matching face masks atop many of the looks—fitting, as we embark on yet another season of Covid-focused collections.

THE INSPIRATION: The monotony of everyday life.

THE LOOK: A spin on the 1970s, with a focus on textiles.

THE INSPIRATION: Thebe Magugu worked closely with traditional healers to create his fall collection, titled “The Alchemy,” which launched as a digital presentation during Paris Fashion Week. This collection focuses on merging traditional with modern in an effort to celebrate true craft from all over the world.

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