Paris Fashion Week is nine days long this Spring season and—you know that Christmas jingle “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?”—that’s the refrain we’ll be playing in ours minds throughout the week. It’s the hap-happiest season of all. Yesterday, day one, was just a warm-up. Anthony Vaccarello made more hip baring dresses like one that Anja Rubik stunned in at this year’s Met ball. Cédric Charlier impressed with red neon. But it was these two shows, Veronique Branquinho and Moon Young Hee, that mark the best starting line for the catwalks to come, each embodying a modern Parisian standard of dress: one in the tradition of La Parisienne, of coquetterie in stripes, and the other with Japanese deconstruction in Paris.
Belgian Branquinho’s collection showed that French effortlessness we envy from abroad with standouts in the slouchy menswear pant suits and barbell jewelry.
Moon Young Hee
If we were playing a game of Fashion Pictionary, our sketch for “Japanese avant-garde” would look alot like Moon Young Hee’s collection. Here we have the standards of deconstruction: twisted menswear and kimono fall lines in black, black, white, and… black.