Backstage at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018

Rochas by Alessandro dell Acqua Spring 2018. Images by David Picchiottino

The shows in Paris brought a lot of change as a number of fashion houses welcomed new designers at the helm. Alessandro Dell’Acqua made a return to Rochas, Off-White’s Virgil Abloh makes classic cool again, Julien Dossena took the reins designing Paco Rabanne, and Giambattista Valli debuted his first collection for Moncler Gamme Rouge Spring Summer 2018.

But it was Giambattista Valli, a Fendi alum, who gave the biggest jolt to the house as the new creative director of Moncler Gamme Rouge. With a runway set featuring a maze of oversized disco balls, models came down the runway in an assortment of quirky ballerina off-duty looks. Paris newcomer, Each x Other brought some much needed energy, merging art, fashion, and poetry in a semblance of American inspired rock ’n’ roll informs.  All images by David Picchiottino. See more at:


Paco Rabanne

If the French are on board, so are we. Julien Dossena shows sexy French girls “how to dress for the night” at Paco Rabanne with sultry cutouts in shimmering chainmail and sky-high slits on the sexiest satin dresses. Ultra-feminine paisley prints are revamped with a brand new “check me out” type of charisma suitable for the most daring night on the town. Going out is nothing new, but everything at Paco Rabanne is. All images by David Picchiottino. See more at:



Ever aspire to be that woman who dresses up for no reason at all? Alessandro Dell’Acqua, makes a fabulous case for dressing up in sumptuous Chinoiserie and couture silhouettes. Of course, there were plenty of gowns, but when styled with cat-eye sunglasses, and satin flats, “the attitude is not cliché, it’s contemporary. The fantastically rich story, was full of opulent colored satins and metallic shot brocades infused with a haute, retro chic attitude. Saturated shades of purple, marigold, scarlet, jade and royal blue cleverly reversed to black jacquard making many of the pieces reversible. The show felt simultaneously classic, and yet wholly new. All images by David Picchiottino. See more at:



Off-White celebrates the modern woman in an effortlessly elegant and undeniably powerful tribute to the late Princess Diana. Bold polka-dots and hot pink hues breathe life into sophisticated separates, while traditional power suits are combined with ladylike evening wear in re-imagined silhouettes. The collection contains near exact iterations of prints worn by Diana herself – capturing her timeless je nai se quoi. It’s a far cry from predictable street wear- perfect for the working woman with a full social agenda. All images by David Picchiottino. See more at:


Each x Other

Say what you want to say. At Each x Other, fashion is a voice infused with artworks, poetry, and cultural content. Western details in the form of fringe, flames, and faded blue denim are teamed with Gothic influences in ruffles, punk hardware, and daring face masks, resulting in the ultimate cool-girl rock n’ roll attitude. Creative designers Jenny Mannerhein and Ilan Delouis use clothing to highlight the duality between art and fashion. On the back of a red longline coat was a snippet from one of Robert Montgomery’s poems: “salvage paradise love is the weather day dreams forever.” All images by David Picchiottino. See more at:


Giambattista Valli

Masculinity is the last thing we would expect from Giambattista Valli, who is best known for his elegant ballgowns. Although Valli could not resist his ubiquitous ruffles, they were played down and contrasted with elements borrowed from the boys. Flirty ruffled miniskirts were paired with 70’s inspired sweater vests and structured shirting in neutral colors. We saw a racy edge in completely sheer, ruffled dresses and tops in a #freethenipple moment, tempered with more conservative khaki trousers or jackets and slim silhouettes to ground them. All images by David Picchiottino. See more at:


Moncler Gamme Rouge

Giambattista Valli was inspired by a group of “hiplet” ballerinas from Chicago, aka dancers who do hip hop routines on pointe. The looks channeled the chicest off-duty ballerina – running out of the dance studio, tossing a layer over her leotard, and taking on the rest of her day. Exaggerated tulle, feathers, and embroidery breathed new life into the classic ballerina uniform of ballet slippers and grey leg warmers. The most standout looks included a feminine blue floral and bird print jacket made entirely out of fluttery scales and a kimono inspired jacket with ribbons  playfully dangling down the front. All images by David Picchiottino. See more at:






MONCLER GAMME ROUGE Chanel cotton and silk-blend quilted down jacket • Moncler Gamme Rouge • $1,428
Off-White – Lace-paneled Satin Midi Dress – Black • Off-White • $882
Rochas gathered sides midi dress • Rochas • $1,138
Giambattista Valli floral print midi dress • Giambattista Valli • $2,557
Paco Rabanne asymmetric jersey top • Paco Rabanne • $503–600
Each X Other striped fur jacket • Each X Other • $1,761

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