Paris Fashion Week: What to Look Out for This Season
From Anthony Vaccarello's Saint Laurent debut to Rihanna's second Fenty x Puma presentation, a guide to what's happening on the runways for spring 2017.
Paris Fashion Week kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 27, rounding out the whirlwind four-city spring 2017 fashion month. Here's a look at what's ahead this week.
ANTHONY VACCARELLO AT SAINT LAURENT
Anthony Vaccarello, who was named Saint Laurent's new creative director in April after Hedi Slimane's departure, is presenting his first collection for the French fashion house on Tuesday. Although he teased his first campaign in June, it offered little insight into what can be expected from the debut, mostly because the ads didn't involve many clothes! The runway show, scheduled to be held in the 7th arrondissement, will reveal all.
NEW CHIEF: Anthony Vaccarello (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI AT DIOR
After spending 17 years at Valentino with co-creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, Maria Grazia Chiuri parted ways with the fashion house and was appointed artistic director of Dior in July. Chiuri, who succeeds Raf Simons, will be the first female creative director to take the lead at the luxury label. (Simons, John Galliano, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferre and Dior himself previously held the couture throne.) Chiuri will present her first collection for Dior on Friday.
DARE TO DIOR: Maria Grazia Chiuri (Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
SOLO ACT AT VALENTINO
Speaking of Piccioli, the designer will make his solo debut for Valentino on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Before Chiuri departed, the dynamic duo helped Valentino rake in $1 billion in sales last year. Though Valentino hasn't made any official announcements, don't be surprised if the luxury label takes part in the "see-now, buy-now" model. Stefano Sassi, CEO of Valentino, told WWD in March: "For sure we want to innovate at a digital level. That is a revolution and we are aware of the opportunities."
VOICE OF VALENTINO: Pierpaolo Piccioli (Photo: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
BOUCHRA JARRAR AT LANVIN
Lanvin's fall 2016 collection — the first offering after Alber Elbaz was dismissed from the brand in October 2015 after 14 years — was slammed by critics, but that could change for its upcoming spring 2017 range with designer Bouchra Jarrar at the helm. Jarrar, who was named the new artistic director of Lanvin in March, will showcase what she has to offer for the Parisian fashion house on Wednesday, Sept. 28. If there's anything we know about Jarrar, it's that she can create a mean tailored suit.
LANVIN LEADER: Bouchra Jarrar (Photo: Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
RIHANNA IN THE CITY OF LIGHT
Rihanna is trading the Big Apple for the City of Light to present her second Fenty x Puma collection on Wednesday. The pop star and designer will host two shows (one at 7:30 p.m. and the other at 8:30 p.m. Paris time) that will live stream exclusively on Tidal (fenty.tidal.com) for both members and non-members of the music streaming service. Said RiRi: "I approached this season very differently and felt the theme and concept was best suited for one of my favorite cities, Paris."
FENTY x PUMA: Rihanna (Photo: Getty Images)