How to watch Paris Fashion Week spring/summer shows online

The nine-day event is the last stop on the seasonal calendar

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Following New York, London and Milan, all eyes are now on Paris as the final stop on the fashion week calendar for spring/summer showcases.

Previously, fashion weeks were invite-only events, with industry insiders gaining access to shows. However, they are now open to everyone with brands streaming their shows for free online.

Some top names, including Dior and Saint Laurent, have already held their shows at Paris Fashion Week, which began on Monday. But there are more shows to catch from the nine-day event, including Chanel, Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton. Celebrity sisters Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's label, The Row, will also return to Paris.

Another show that will be closely watched will be by Issey Miyake, the label's first since its namesake founder and designer died last month aged 84. There's also Off-White, the brand led by Virgil Abloh, who died last year after battling a rare form of cancer. Designer Ib Kamara, who was named as the label's image and art director in May, will showcase his first collection for the brand.

British designer Victoria Beckham will also make her Paris Fashion Week debut, after showing for many years in New York and briefly in London.

Here are some of the top shows you can stream online:

Thursday, September 29

Schiaparelli (2pm UAE)

Steeped in surrealism, artistic director Daniel Roseberry has taken this fashion house, founded by Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1920s, to weird and wonderful places in contemporary times. Expect a visual feast that's bold yet timeless.

Chloe (4pm UAE)

Known for its strict tailoring and bohemian femininity, designer Gabriela Hearst, who joined the storied French house as creative director in 2020, will showcase her ready-to-wear collection.

Off-White (9pm UAE)

One to watch, all eyes will be on Kamara to see how he takes Abloh's label forward. Known for challenging the norms of masculinity and menswear, the designer's previous works are often inspired by his roots in Sierra Leone, as well as pan-African cultures.

Off-White will stream the show, themed "progress is in process", on its website, as well as dedicated app.

Friday, September 30

Issey Miyake (3pm UAE)

Japanese designer Miyake, who died last month, helped revolutionise fashion through technology with his label and was widely known for democratising fashion through simple construction. That ethos continues with his label, led by designer Satoshi Kondo since spring/summer 2020.

The brand's latest collection will be live-streamed on its website as well as its official Instagram page.

Giambattista Valli (4.30pm UAE)

The haute couture star is known for dressing some of the world’s most glamorous women. Valli first unveiled a more affordable line of "playful” womenswear in 2014. His ready-to-wear collections still have that Valli signature, girly, romantic and beautifully rebellious.

Victoria Beckham (7.30pm UAE)

The British designer's brand has undergone a major rejig and will make its Paris Fashion Week debut armed with a new design director, Laria Barrio. Beckham told fashion trade journal WWD her new collection will stay true to some of her design codes, including fine tailoring, but will be "sexier and younger".

The show will be live-streamed on the Victoria Beckham website as well as Instagram and TikTok pages and on YouTube.

Saturday, October 1

Vivienne Westwood (3pm UAE)

For more than 25 years, British designer Westwood and her husband Andreas Kronthaler, who is the label's artistic director, have crafted thought-provoking fashion together. Their enduring partnership, now labelled Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, is sure to continue in their legacy of activism and urgent messaging about the state of the world, translated via imaginative designs, which are as sustainable as they are compelling.

Hermes (4.30pm UAE)

Designer Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski has been at the helm of the storied French house since 2014 as creative director, translating its rich heritage into empowering messages. At the last spring/summer showcase, she transported guests to an airport on the outskirts of Paris, unveiling her collection on a circular hangar with a plane landed in the background as part of the finale.

This season's show promises to be even bigger and will be live-streamed on Instagram as well as the Hermes website.

Sunday, October 2

Balenciaga (1.30pm UAE)

Constantly pushing fashion boundaries and always self-deprecating, design wunderkind Demna Gvasalia's shows for Balenciaga are often the highlight of the fashion week. Plus, expect the usual star-studded guest list. This season's show is set to be live-streamed on Instagram.

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Updated: September 29, 2022, 11:14 AM
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