Paris Fashion Week: Loewe, Balmain and Celine

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Loewe Backstage Fall/Winter ’19 at Paris Fashion Week

In the midst of Paris Fashion Week, Loewe, Balmain and Celine deliver wishlist-worthy collections…

Fashion’s biggest challenge this season was creating clothes away from noise and solely focus on wearable clothes for Fall/Winter ’19. And during Paris Fashion Week, that’s exactly what Loewe and Balmain (if wearable means rocking out-there pieces) have accomplished. Surprisingly, Celine‘s Hedi Slimane perfected that concept too, with a collection that surprised the crowd at Paris Fashion Week.

Here’s what you need to know about their collections…


Jonathan Anderson is a man known for executing some of the most impeccably-crafted pieces. And for his latest collection for Loewe, he accomplished just that.

Held on Friday morning, the show unfolded on a 360-degree runway inside the Maison de l’UNESCO. It resulted in clear, cut forms for Fall/Winter ’19 – with pieces certain to top off our wish-lists.

Continuing to explore the conversation between art and fashion (a firm aesthetic of the designer), Anderson released a slew of functional daywear pieces that were designed to be worn. However, it would also make the perfect street style photograph with those winged skullcaps, Puzzle bags and overall, striking details.

Designing for the winter season, the collection had a strict focus on coats. Whether is was full-length, detailed with wide lapels, cinched at the waist or in cape form, it’s safe to say it dominated the collection.

There was also a sense of paradoxical textures that flowed throughout the collection. For instance, ribbed knitwear, organza, leather or even silver tinsel, were all key elements of the autumnal collection.

And just when the ensembles and accessories had us sold on the collection, the pigmented shades just confirmed it. Why not add a little more saffron, cerulean and vermillion to your typical winter uniform of black, olive, navy and camel?

Browse through MOJEH’s favourite looks from Loewe’s collection here…


The Balmain Army is officially back. During Paris Fashion Week, Olivier Rousteing brought the ultimate biker gang out to strut his Fall/Winter ’19 collection for Balmain.

With his continuation to explore the culture of France, music and style of the ’80s, Rousteing delivered a rocker chic collection we didn’t know we needed in our lives.

In addition to the signature brand aesthetics such as power suiting, plenty of bling and structured shoulders permeated nearly every collection, this collection showcased a straight up rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic.

Kicking things up a notch (or several notches up in this case), the collection came complete with metal spikes, oversized moto jackets, washed-out denim, feathered sleeves and a full-length sequined cape.

In terms of accessories, there were headbands made from chains, chunky handbags, leather berets and a selection of studded boots.

Browse through MOJEH’s favourite looks from Balmain’s collection here…


Considered to be one of the most anticipated collection shows of the season, Hedi Slimane surprised the crowd with his second collection for Celine.

It was a refreshing new win for the designer given the backlash received last season. The clothes were wearable this time around, and successfully garnered the approval of those sitting front row.

Already perfecting the skinny suit and the sparkling short dresses, it was time to focus on wearability and functionality.

For Fall/Winter ’19, Slimane channeled the French bourgeoisie from the ’70s and crafted his own take on daily wardrobes. As a result, the collection was dominated by pleated skirts, slim trousers, tailored jackets, soft knits, slim-cut jeans and button-up blouses.

Finally. A Celine we can get on board with.

Browse through MOJEH’s favourite looks from Celine’s collection here…

Also, watch Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Fall/Winter ’19 collection show for Valentino live as it happens.

  • Words by Meeran Mekkaoui