Arguably, Paris has just lived through one of its darkest, most violent, trying and turbulent times. However, just three days after the recently dreadful November 13 terrorist attacks, the Eiffel Tower broadcasted national colors: red, white and blue.
And this spring with characteristic pluck, Parisians resolutely project hope, optimism and style with a sporty red, white and blue fashion trend that boldly underscores the patriotic zeitgeist of the times.
Chanel’s airplane motif emblazoned clothing and accessories repeating airplane intarsia knit on separates. Red, white, and blue airplane pins adorned many ensembles.
Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s designer, also shows the tri-color story in his kitty-inspired La Choupette boutique’s beachy summer capsule collection, and with decorated motifs on handbags.
Parisian girls are really abuzz about the LeCoq Sportif’s label’s Tour de France-Mont St. Michel capsule collection’s special limited edition red white and blue dresses. Other sporty looks at Lacoste, Marc Jacobs, and Stella McCartney demonstrated solidarity using bold RWB stripes, solids and plaids.
Contemporary brands deconstructed silhouettes like Jaquemus push boundaries between fashion, theater and art. Kenzo’s vivid prints also reflect the strong but distinctively modern takes on the RWB theme. Designer Paule Ka’s jacquard-ikat cardigan stylishly pairs with white pants.
Givenchy, Balenciaga and Dior showed a lot of romantic and ethereal whites, including sheer layers, appliqué’s and floating overlays.
Against the bold RWB palette. Springtime is the right time for experimenting with equally strong makeup. Bright red lips, and nails dominate this Spring, with variations of the color extending even onto cheeks and eyelids! Hair trends include a Marie-Antoinette high-rise mullet look, bangs and lots of statement-making untamed tresses.
It will be interesting to note if the RWB trend crosses the Atlantic for Summer USA.
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