Paris: City of Lights and of spectacular fashion – most of the time. The French capital has been playing host to the Spring/Summer 2021 runway shows this week, and while there have been some très chic designer garments on display, some other outfits have left us scratching our heads.
Here are six of the strangest — sometimes downright bizarre — looks from the past week.
Kenzo's 'Beekeeper' Outfits
You know that feeling when you’re about to head down the allotment to tend to your beehives but you look in the mirror and think, ‘my outfit is not nearly glamorous enough’? Well, beekeepers of the world, rejoice, because Kenzo has answered your prayers.
Creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista sent out veiled hats in a variety of beautiful colors and prints at the brand’s Spring/Summer 2021 show, which was set in a lush country garden.
Paco Rabanne's Metallic Dress
Ever since the Sixties, Paco Rabanne has been famous for its futuristic-looking chainmail dresses. This season, creative director Julien Dossena paid homage to the brand founder’s iconic designs with a gown made from golden discs of differing sizes that came topped with a matching headdress/face covering. We’re not convinced the shimmering mask meets PPE guidelines, but it sure is attention-grabbing.
Givenchy's Leather Cape
“She looks like she is wearing a purse and her neck is the handle,” commented one Instagram user under a photo of a boxy leather cape from the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2021 collection, the first with American designer Matthew Williams at the helm. It seems that’s the whimsical look Williams was going for, but some fans were not amused.
Balmain's Sharp Suits
Taking a Balmain signature to (literally) new heights, Olivier Rousteing sent out a range of tailored looks with incredibly sharp, exaggerated shoulders. The designer said the collection was an ode to “the awesome power of 2020’s solidarity, compassion, and tenacity” – but we suspect these suits might be a way to encourage people around the wearer to practice social distancing properly, lest one of those shoulders pokes their eyes out.
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“I wanted the #BALMAINSS21 show to reflect the optimism and audacity that are built into Balmain’s DNA. When Monsieur Pierre Balmain founded the house after France’s liberation in 1945, he was young, daring and convinced that better days were ahead. Today we’ve all experienced the awesome power of 2020’s solidarity, compassion and tenacity—which assures us that we can and will move through this moment and emerge stronger.” – @olivier_rousteing #BALMAIN1945 #LGOLEDTV
Schiaparelli's Gold Glasses
It was all about the accessories at Schiaparelli Spring/Summer 2021, with masses of gold earrings, chunky necklaces, embellished bags, and even face masks in a burnished golden hue. The weirdest of all, however, was the irregular shaped opaque gold glasses inlaid with brown or blue ‘eyes’. Could the models even see through those glassy lenses? We have no idea.
Prada's Bum Bag Skirt
The bum bag has been trending for the last few seasons, so it was only really a matter of time before a designer went one further and turned a bum bag into a garment.
Miuccia Prada – famous for her quirky designs – did just that in Paris, reimagining a classic Prada nylon backpack as a buckled skirt. One could argue that it channels a market stall holder’s money belt, but we think this skirt is going to be a big hit with the street style set come spring.