Designers took earth-tones to the runway as Paris Fashion Week is showing a color palette of muddy browns, tans, greys and greens. Balmain, Vivienne Westwood, Céline and Stella McCartney are a noticeable few painting the runway with neutral hues.
Inspired by grunge band Nirvana, the Balmain collection varied in shades of brown, tan, gold and orange, featuring embellished alligator vests, zebra-printed dresses, and thigh-high snakeskin boots. Designer Oliver Rousteing explained, "They’ve embarked on the perfect road trip, picking up influence while traveling across the globe’s most awe-inspiring landscapes – the Serengeti, the Far West, Amazonia."
Husband and creative director of Vivienne Westwood, Andreas Kronthaler announced his 75-year-old wife would walk the Paris runway. The Fall 2017 collection, a mix of signature Vivienne Westwood and Viennese Modernism, featured bold paint-spattered prints, marionette inspired makeup and hair styled with plastic bags and colored extensions.
Céline guests watched the show from rotating bleachers as models walked laps on the runway. Embodying an "as-the-world-turns" message, models accessorized with suitcases, carried travel blankets and wore map-printed overcoats.
Animal-rights activist, Stella McCartney debuted her cruelty-free Fall collection featuring indistinguishable "skin-free skin" fabrics with equestrian-inspired suede mini dresses, leather trousers and quilted jackets. The show payed tribute to singer George Michael as models lip-synced "Faith" in the show finale.