Fashion Preview With Pat Rossignol

Patricia Rossignol traveled to Paris over the summer and attended this year’s fabulous fashion shows. Here are some insightful tidbits from the interview we recently conducted with her.


Q: What fashion shows did you attend this year in Paris? What are some aspects about each show that stuck with you? 
A: I was honored to attend some of the top fashion shows this year including Chanel, Christophe Joss, Schiaparelli, Ralph and Russo, Dolce, and John Paul Gualtier. They all had their own highlights and memorable moments. Chanel consisted of gorgeous and incredibly heavy fabrics with lots of rhinestones and glitter; most of the pieces showcased evening elegant and the detail and handwork were long. The Joss show comprised an entire line of creams that were very wearable, including materials like silk, wool, and cotton; the pieces were detailed, elegantly simple and flowy. Hot pink seemed to be Schiaparelli’s color this year with a line attributed to Africa, consisting of capes, headdresses and lots of hemp and ostrich feathers. Ralph and Russo were using orange and fuchsia with structured pieces that included flowing dresses with capes attached. Dolce was quite impressive this year with a 4-day event that encompassed jewelry and clothing; there was lots of floral, pastels, fur coats and lace. Punctuating these were plenty of ostrich feathers and evening gowns fit for Princesses. The theme for the Gualtier show was the tuxedo; everything was black and tuxedo, with jumpsuits, overalls and satins on display.


Q: What were some of the similarities that ran throughout each show? A: Well, one thing that is common every year in fashion shows is that all the shows end with a bride and this yearevery show ended with a pantsuit wedding outfit and colors other than white. Throughout the shows, hair and makeup were simple, shoes were simple and everything seemed quite minimalistic in nature. There was a frequency of padded shoulders, very bright almost neon colors and a lot of designers were using ostrich feathers and tie-dye.


Q: Why do you think the bridal part of the shows were more “nontraditional” this year?
Consumers are looking at marriage differently now and the LGBT community is wearing nontraditional wedding outfits. Also, people are doing more minimalistic and destination weddings, including those on the beach, so traditional wedding outfits with full gowns and trains do not work anymore.


Q: Can you provide us with some of your insights that you came away with after this year’s big fashion shows?
Well, I feel like the 80’s are coming back for one thing! Although black is still a big color for every major city and fashion designer, it seems designers are trying to show more “pop” colors, push the envelope and incorporate more “fun” and bright shades. It’s as if designers are looking in women’s closets and seeing mostly white or cream and are trying to “force” more color. In addition, I believe the fashion industry is realizing there are no longer seasons because most clients that buy haute couture are traveling all the time and want to be able to wear their clothes in all locations and types of weather.
Thanks so much to Patricia Rossignol for her captivating insights into this year’s fashion trends!