Grace Gordon on Her Favorite Shows from Paris Fashion Week

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By the end of Fashion Month, I have viewed and written about so many collections that my brain becomes a sort of Dadaist tapestry of jumbled information and tangled silhouettes. When I close my eyes, I see collections swim behind my lids – the melee even invades my dreams. But I love the chaos; I thrive on it. Every season, I walk away from Fashion Month a better person for what I have learned and seen.

In particular, Paris Fashion Week provided two distinct narratives that really captured my attention. On one hand, there were clear signs at Elie Saab, Giambattista Valli, and Balmain that social media has had a tremendous effect on the industry, as the designers supported their youth-oriented collections by casting “It” girls like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner in their shows (and naturally, these moments were Instagrammed to death). On the opposite end of the spectrum, some of the most legendary houses threaded a sympathetic, political message through their collections. Alexander McQueen and Valentino addressed the refugee crisis in both Syria and Africa, respectively, with presentations that openly called for tolerance and aid. I loved the disparity between the two messages – one of celebrity devotion and the other a tacit call for integrity – because they highlighted the extremes inherent in the industry. While some may cast fashion in a negative light by accusing it of being shallow and disaffected, there are plenty of examples to the contrary that prove its importance in shaping human interaction.

Beyond the contrasting stories at Paris Fashion Week, there were plenty of other shows that deserve a mention as well. I was quite taken with the incredible set and dainty scalloped underpinnings at Dior, the technicolor pixelated prints at Chanel, and the exquisitely tailored dresses at Roland Mouret. With so many wonderful shows to consider, it was next-to-impossible to trim my list down to the top five. This has certainly been a memorable season.

For insight into what I believe to be the best collections of Spring/Summer 2016 Paris Fashion Week, click through the gallery.

Photos: Courtesy of Getty Images and GoRunway

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