The rollercoaster that was Paris Fashion Week has finally come to a halt, leaving its well-dressed riders to disembark, digesting the glamour and spectacle of it all (plus one rather unsavory turn of events).
From celebrity cameos to unexpected accessories to that Coperni dress, the industry bore witness to a bevy of standout moments. As we collectively recover from Fashion Month, we’re looking back on the most viral bits of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2023. (While you’re here, don’t miss what went down in Milan and New York.)
An auspicious start to PFW, models at Vaquera barged down the runway in full stride, aggressive walks offset by the romance of the collection.
Protection was paramount at Botter, where creative directors Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter debuted water-filled “condom gloves.” With the help of many hands, the latex sheaths were loaded with blue liquid, rolled up models’ arms, and secured with tape.
Cher, the Goddess of Pop and mind behind Twitter’s most entertaining account, closed Balmain in a metallic bodysuit. It was an unexpected cameo that had us all in agreement: we do believe in life after love.
Jonathan Anderson gave minecraft couture at Loewe, where models donned seemingly two-dimensional garments. Printed with pixels and finished with 8-bit seams, the mind-bending pieces are destined for red carpet greatness.
You’ve already seen the videos, so I’ll keep this one quick. Coperni’s magical finale saw Bella Hadid slink onto runway, where a pair of technicians sprayed Fabrican — a sort of liquid fabric — onto her body, fashioning a dress in real time. Instantly iconic.
Once again, Demna surprised us 👀 Kanye West opened the show, which was set at an event space outside of Paris and filled to the brim with mud. #snobtok #highsnobiety #kanyewest #pfw
Balenciaga said let there be mud! The label debuted its SS23 collection in a giant mud pit, a dystopian setting reminiscent of its snow-filled FW22 show. Adding to the drama of the affair, Ye — fashion’s least-favorite pot stirrer — opened the show.
Pose star MJ Rodriguez cruised down the runway in a pink Cadillac made of gossamer fabric. Full speed ahead!
Nicolas Ghesquière supersized luggage tags and coin pouches, transforming them into shoulder bags and folio-sized clutches.