Paris Fashion Week channels humor, animated film for spring

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A model wears a creation for the Hermes Spring-Summer 2022 ready-to-wear fashion show presented Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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As weary fashionistas made it to the final sprint of Paris Fashion Week’s 96 physical and digital spring-summer shows, Saturday’s runways provided the spark to keep energy going, despite rain and gray skies. Some of the world’s top designers channeled humor, bright colors, innovative design techniques and even animated films for ever-imaginative displays.

Here are some highlights of ready-to-wear collections for Spring-Summer 2022:

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD DEFIES DESCRIPTION

Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood was in typically eccentric form.

Mixing Glam Rock references from Westwood’s 80s heyday with historic musing and a tongue firmly in cheek, Kronthaler created 66 pieces of fashion mayhem and put on one of the most fun shows this Paris fashion season.

To a plasma screen that projected blown-up images of

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Patchwork Will Be Everywhere This Summer – But It’s A Complicated Trend

View this post on Instagram A post shared by D Ô E N (@shopdoen) While it’s still too early to determine which dress will go viral and acquire a precursory ‘the’ this season – becoming The Dress of summer 2021, if you will – in a corner of the internet there’s already a frock putting in the work. Made by Santa Barbara-based, sister-owned label Doên, the Amarillo is a thigh-skimming baby doll with puff sleeves and a body of patchwork. The dress, and its calf-length sibling, the Darby, are bold signifiers of the craft- and cottagecore trends that emerged towards the end of the last decade, picking up momentum in 2020. Brought to you most prominently by TikTok – read: Harry Styles’s J.W. Anderson cardigan challenge – the patchwork trend specifically has manifested in multiple

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4 Spring Trends That Are Winning Big

Usually, when someone says March Madness in reference to the college basketball championship tournament, my eyes glaze over. I’m not so into sports. Can you tell? But I’m always down for some good old competition, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone there, so I created Who What Wear’s very own version of a March Madness bracket, in which the best spring fashion trends go head-to-head.

At this point in the season, you’ve had enough time for all the major spring trends to sink in, making their way from the S/S 21 runways to the street style scene to your Instagram feeds and possibly even in your closets already. Since you also happen to read Who What Wear, you’re well aware of what’s cool in fashion right now, and chances are you’ve formed an opinion on everything you’re seeing. So we left it up to you, our readers, to vote

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A Spring Fashion Issue for an Optimistic Future

Our spring Women’s Fashion issue is always made in an optimistic frame of mind; we begin closing it in January, when the year is fresh, and the sense of possibility — however false or short-lived — still potent.

This particular January, of course, felt more charged than most. Last year was our annus horribilis, and our expectations for this year are bound to be impossible. But while some eras have come to their legal or official conclusions, their consequences and repercussions linger — 2020 was a reminder that the past is never the past, however much we pretend otherwise.

Given this, it seems fitting that the stories in this issue are almost equally divided between those that look forward and those that look back. In the first category, there are our fashion stories, conceived in anticipation of a time in the not-too-distant future when we can once again do things

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