Bows Abound at Paris Fashion Week

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Traditionally ladylike and feminine, the bow adds a romantic touch to any look. Designers at Paris Fashion Week, however, don’t want to get tied up with tradition. From the mix of modern graphics with sash-tailed bows at Valentino to the pussy bows featured on the super-studded Balmain runway, bows are back in a modern and versatile way. They belong with floral motifs and tulle just as much as they do among spiked studs and leather. Tied at the neck, used as a belt, or added just for show, the Fall/Winter 2019 collections show how beautiful and badass the bow can be.

At Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli used bows to emphasize the femininity of his (literal) poetic and romance-filled collection. Soft silk bows with long sashes were tied at the sides of models’ necks and draped over their shoulders, showing a sense of modesty that complemented the images of roses and lines of poetry that appeared on the gowns and other pieces in the collection.

Bows also made a sweet hair accessory at Chanel, tying back models‘ hair. It was the final collection created under the direction of the late Karl Lagerfeld. The bows were plain black, and some were accompanied by a camellia flower–one of the house’s signature motifs. Others featured a white pouf to coordinate with the white feathers and fur used in the collection. The hair bows added the final feminine touch to the wintry-themed collection.

Not all bows are prim and proper, however. Andreas Kronthaler took a more artistic approach to incorporating bows in his collection for Vivienne Westwood. There, a row of them appeared on the front of a light pink gypsy dress, messy, and haphazard. Another neater variation–which was actually just a knot with the ends fanned out–in the same burgundy tone tied a citrus green silk jacket.

Bows even found their way into darker and edgier collections, like at Balmain and Redemption. At the former, Olivier Rousteing used them to add a softer element to the heavily studded collection. The oversized pussy bows were playful, yet polished when paired with sheer polkadot dresses accented with studs and feathers. A voluminous satin lavender bubble dress departed from the other rock ’n’ roll looks, featuring a pussy bow so full that it nearly blends in with the draping of the dress.

Redemption designer Bebe Moratti also took a rocker-chic approach to his collection, which he titled Heavy Metal Dystopia. Moratti called on rock ’n’ roll as a positive social force, and expressed that through fierce looks that featured oversized bows at the neckline, and one positioned, a bit facetiously, at a low waistline. The bows were quaffed and ladylike, juxtaposing the slinky metallics and tailcoat-inspired jackets. Not everything was tied up, however, as a number of models sported untied bowties, emphasizing the sex appeal of looking just the right amount of undone.

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