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Paris Fashion Week 2019, between brides, acrobats and living memes
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Paris Fashion Week 2019, between brides, acrobats and living memes.

From gothic inspired color palettes to 70’s chic, Paris reinforced trends prevalent within the other runway shows while also offering up something new.

If you’re thinking about diving into a marriage, Chanel has a new design for you.

The French brand unveiled what’s being described as “the world’s first bridal swimsuit” at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday. Italian model Vittoria Ceretti wore the glitzy bathing suit with a swim cap and veil for Chanel’s new take on a “haute couture wedding dress.”

It’s one of many highlights from the runway as the fashion world shows off its Spring-Summer 2019 collections this week. Viktor and Rolf added messages — literally — to gowns with phrases like “Give a damn,” “I am my own muse,” and “Trust me I am a liar”; Off White paired football helmets with colorful styles; Louis Vuitton paid tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” video; and Thom Browne mixed bubble wrap with wild looks.

PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 04: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) Model Maria Miguel walks the runway during the Fendi Couture Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)

Dior

In the seasons since the official debut as creative director of Dior for Spring 2017, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri has made a repeated and concerted effort to, as her first show notes for the French house read, “[place] the woman front and center” and spread a message of feminism through her collections.

During the Paris Fashion Week 2019 she made her debut in a striped circus tent. Nine pairs of rope-muscled female acrobats opened the show. They were twisted and braided around each other until each couple had moved from a standing embrace to a double-height figure, with one woman standing on the shoulders of another. Dressed in custom-made Christian Dior playsuits, they then walked in their teetering pairs to the centre ring. Here they rearranged themselves into a human archway for the models who followed them on to the catwalk. With a monumental exhibition about to open at the Victoria and Albert museum, this Christian Dior haute couture made the point that Dior, under first female designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, is as relevant to the future of fashion as to its history.

Other memorable outfits of this Paris Fashion Week 2019 include the latest from Vauthier, Givenchy, Elie Saab, Jean-Paul Gauthier, Armani, Kenzo, Dior and Celine Dion.

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