Paris’ couture schedule has always been pretty consistent – frothy dresses covered in embroidery and jewels so expensive that they don’t even have price tags. It’s reliably opulent on a Marie Antoinette scale.
That is until the super-cool Vetements made its couture debut, fashion’s punk-like non-conformists. The Parisian brand’s appearance on the couture calendar raised some eyebrows – the cult brand is, after all, known for its twisted take on street classics. And they raised the ante at its couture show yesterday – who could ever have predicted we would see Juicy Couture at couture? Or Dr Martens boots? It was a show peppered with everyday collaborations – from Levi’s to Carhartt.
Whether you rate Vetements or not, one things certain – they’re disrupting the fashion mould. I can’t work out whether its designer, Demna Gvasalia, really does come from a genius Warholian mindset – in that he sees the beauty in the ordinary. Or whether he’s just merrily laughing at fashion’s diligent commitment to following new trends even if it means buying a hoodie for £1,000. It’s probably a bit of both.
Anyway, here’s six unlikely pieces that the fashion world will be clamouring for within the next come months:
JUICY COUTURE CATSUIT
Congratulations to Paris Hilton for being totally ahead of the curve on this one. It’s less of a tracksuit (that was last season lads, do keep up), but a skin-tight, red catsuit complete with gloves and bejeweled lettering.
LEVI’S SKINNY DENIM ONESIE
Presenting the most practical of couture looks you’ve ever seen – give or take the thigh-high zips.
MANOLO BLAHNIK FUCHSIA SATIN HIP BOOT
Rihanna designed a similar, waist-high pair with Manolo Blahnik earlier this year, and the veteran shoe designer was obviously inspired to make more this time round for Vetements. Who needs trousers when you can wear just boots?
CANADA GOOSE QUILTED STOLES
The puffa jacket is a ‘thing’ for the coming winter, to be worn off the shoulder in a nonchalant fashion. Ignore the cold you now feel from your exposed shoulders.
COMME DES GARCONS SHIRTS UNBUTTONED AT THE RIBCAGE
Now we did not see this one coming. Twisted shirts have been trending for a few seasons now – whether worn back to front or off the shoulder. Thanks to Vetements, we now have this challenging style – a shirt unbuttoned at the ribcage.
CHAMPION HOODIES WITH EXTRA LONG SLEEVES
Expect these bad boys to sell out quicker than Banksy at Miami Art Basel. Attempt to use your hands at your peril.
REALLY, REALLY LONG BELTS
You thought belts were mostly functional didn’t you? Well, you are still allowed to use them to tighten your jeans, but now, regrettably, you must leave them so long that they dangle dangerously by your side.