Sustainable Fashion

Paris Fashion Week – Updates On Sustainability, Empowerment, And Diversity


Paris Fashion Week trends. Covering everything new, from sustainability to gender diversity. The biggest parade of the fashion industry has come to an end. The Autumn-Winter 2019 fashion week has been concluded in Paris.

During the commencement of the fashion week, the French capital was decorated with a grand makeover. Several luxury labels transformed Paris’s museums, legendary monuments, and various gardens into exuberant attractions.

Chanel at Paris Fashion Week FW 2019

However, amidst the celebrations, there were several social and political issues brought up, again, on the global platform of fashion. Here are the key talking points at Paris Fashion Week that you should be aware of.

Investing in sustainability

Paris Fashion Week FW 2019 - Sustainability by Stella McCartney

A few months back, Paris announced its plans of becoming the world’s first sustainable fashion capital, following a thorough 5-year plan.

Named as the “Paris Good Fashion Plan”, the project was launched by the former fashion journalist Isabelle Lefort, the city’s mayors Frédéric Hocquard, and Antoinette Guhl, Deputy Mayor of Paris.

Paris aims to become the capital for sustainable fashion

The plan has been designed to focus on the developments of a new economic model. Stable, traceable, where the energy and resources we use are more sustainable.

On reviewing the plan, Vivienne Westwood’s designer Andreas Kronthaler has said that: “The fashion industry must reduce production to strict necessity and essence”.

Vivienne Westwood at Paris Fashion Week FW 2019

He also added that the next generations of fashion designers should be designing and manufacturing haute couture on demand, as in, when needed.

Empowerment of Womenswear

Empowerment of Womenswear at Paris Fashion Week FW 2019 by Dior

The event also had a long list of A level guests, dressed to impress. For example, Hedi Slimane flaunted an exuberant U-turn at Celine on its second season. The ’70’s-inspired’ look had more refinement and a bourgeois feel to this time.

Celine at Paris Fashion Week FW 2019 by Hedi Slimane

Chloé’s Natacha Ramsay-Levi was also one of the designers who placed significant importance in revamping fashion designs, with a lot of emphasis on wearability and durability.

Chloé at Paris Fashion Week FW 2019 by Natacha Ramsay-Levi

However, Ramsay-Levi maintained her confident and positive image by showcasing a ‘fluid dress’. The dress included shearling outerwear along with relaxed tailoring that is so common to her brand’s style.

Creative director of Givenchy, Waight Keller, also impressed her guests. Keller’s show took the participants through the ‘Winter of Eden’ journey at the Paris’ Jardin des Plantes.

Givenchy at Paris Fashion Week FW 2019

The setup consisted of eerie lighting with back-lit branches overhead. Moreover, throughout the whole lineup of her pristine floral dresses, snakeskin was scattered all over the place.

A Show of Diversity

Diversity at Paris Fashion Week

Lack of diversity has always been one of the major aspects where the Paris runaways faced criticisms. Especially when Paris Fashion Week is compared to its counterparts in London and New York.

Therefore, this year everyone was pleasantly surprised by the significant focus the organisers have put on heterogeneity.

Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya at Paris Fashion Week

To further solidify the gender diversity movement this year, Tommy Hilfiger presented a new collection named ‘TommyNow’. Launched in collaboration with the 22-year-old actress and singer, Zendaya, the duo invited on stage at the iconic Comédie “Studio des Champs-Élysées, 59 black fashion models of diverse shape, age, and sizes.

As a takeaway from this year’s Paris Fashion Week, it is nice to see great progress on sustainability, empowerment, and gender diversity, which once plagued the fashion industry. Next, is vegan.