Well a journey that started back on September 7 in New York City came to an end Tuesday (October 3) in Paris. The collections that came down the runways for Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear collections from beginning to end were absolutely amazing. There was so much creativity that came down the runways. I cannot remember a season where I constantly was wowed collection after collection. There were several collections that gave me goosebumps, made me gasp audibly, squeal with delight, and even made me cry. I went into Paris with high expectations and sadly I don’t think that the runways left me as blown away as other weeks. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact my expectations were so high and I felt like a lot of the designers showed things that were just reconstructions of things that we have seen from them recently. I always felt like Paris was the city for pushing boundaries and I want to feel that magic again. While I felt like there was lack of innovation there were still a lot of potential major moments that walked the runways. The 10 looks below are the ones that I want to see stars bring to the red carpets. Alexander McQueen: I don’t plan to make this whole list a criticism of the collections. To make this list there obviously had to be something that I was really drawn to that I loved, but I will say that overall I was underwhelmed by the Alexander McQueen Spring 2018 RTW collection. McQueen was a designer that didn’t craft shows for trend. The were art. You knew each season going into a McQueen show to expect the unexpected. Following his death in 2010 his right hand Sarah Burton took over responsibility of acting as creative director. It started out as a continuation of that legacy, but recently the pressure of sale has turned the brand much more commercial. We have seen the same big ruffled dresses for the past few seasons and I am tired of it. This rose embroidered burlap a-line midi gown which features leather harness straps was a standout look in the collection because it stood out in a sea of organza ruffles. Burlap isn’t a comfortable fabric to wear outright,but I feel like the way McQueen dresses are crafted that one wouldn’t even feel like they were wearing burlap. During Paris Fashion Week we saw the recently contract free Marion Cotillard take in collections that I would never have expected her to wear while her was a face of Dior. While she wasn’t at McQueen she has worn several of the brands designs in the past. I think that with her edgy, yet sophisticated style that this gown would make for a gorgeous red carpet moment for her.
Altuzarra: Like many designers that typically show during New York Fashion Week Joseph Altuzarra decided to skip showing in New York City instead deciding to show in Paris. Most of his CFDA colleagues showed their Spring 2018 RTW collections back in July during Paris Couture Fashion Week. Joseph was the only New York based brand that showed during the main Paris Fashion Week. Altuzarra definitely stepped up his game delivering a beautiful collection that I am sure will see on the red carpet. The beautiful sequin embroidered pieces, which ranged from cocktail dresses to gowns are definitely looks that will catch the eye of magpies everywhere were among some of the most memorable looks of the collection. Kerry Washington was the first person to come to mind when I saw this gold sequined asymmetrical column gown with an armor like bodice and a sexy side split, which was my favorite look from this collection.Ashi Studio: I’m not 100% sure that Ashi Studio actually showed in Paris, but the collection was presented and images released over the course of the week and I didn’t want to see it lost. The collection seemed like a much more streamlined version of the brands couture collections. The looks varied in gowns, cocktail dresses, jumpsuits, and playful ensembles. I have several looks from this collection that I want to see on a red carpet, but it is this cream strapless tuxedo inspired gown is definitely one that I really want to see on a red carpet. I immediately thought of Angelina Jolie and her strong, classic elegance as the perfect person to bring this look to life on the red carpet. I do wonder if this gown likens too much to the navy Gucci Premiere gown that Amy Adams wore for the 2014 Academy Awards, but I think on someone like Angelina that this gown would have a much different impact than it did on Amy.
Barbara Bui: When it comes to favorite looks during fashion week I don’t usually think of Barbara Bui. The designer is most known for her great sportswear and coats. I was a big fan of her edgy Spring 2018 RTW collection that perfectly mixed punk, hip hop, disco, and menswear inspiration in fabrications that included leather, denim, and lamé. When I saw this awesome ensemble which includes an acid wash denim bustier and gold lamé loose fitted pants I immediately sent it for consideration on this list. It wasn’t the first thing that I knew I wanted in the final version of this list, but when I pictured Mary J. Blige rocking this look I knew that it was definitely one of the looks that I really want to see on the red carpet. Chanel: I always wonder what kinda of set that Karl Lagerfeld will construct inside the Grand Palais every season. For his Spring 201 RTW show for Chanel he crafted a very zen space that included waterfalls. The collection was beautiful and zen as well. The beautiful blue and white water printed draped chiffon midi gown was definitely one of the stand out looks from the collection. It is not anything new that is for sure, but I do think that Keira Knightley would turn this into a truly magical moment.
Dries Van Noten: I think season after season how underrated Dries Van Noten is. I always fall in love with beautiful looks from his collections and sadly they end up being lost to the archives. Never seeing the light of a red carpet. I am praying that some of my favorite looks from his Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection. When I saw this peach floral embroidered sheath dress which features a embellished net cape like detail Nicole Kidman immediately came to mind and I think that with so many red carpets ahead of her as she gears up for awards season 2018 and I think that for one of the more low key awards events I think that this would be a perfect look for her to breathe red carpet elegance into.Giambattista Valli: Since he launched his couture line in 2011 I have been more likely to favor a couture creation from Giambattista Valli than his Ready-to-Wear collections. I was honestly in love with the brands Spring 2018 RTW collection. It touched that flirty, dramatic, feminine core that the Giambattista Valli woman is. I can’t say that I have really wanted to see Giambattista Valli RTW on the red carpet but when I saw this dramatic ruffled tulle and floral embroidered gown I knew that it would make for an absolutely major red carpet moment. Lucy Liu does dramatic, feminine glamour like no other and I definitely think that she would make this a best dressed of the year worthy moment.
John Galliano: Since the forced exit of the brands namesake in 2011 I have always had mixed feelings about seeing the brand on the runway. In that time I could probably count the number of red carpet moments that the brand has had on my hands. When I saw the pictures start to come in from the John Galliano Spring 2018 RTW collection I started thinking how much red carpet potential the collection has. I think that the sugary sweet, 50’s inspired designs would definitely make for really beautiful red carpet moments. Sophia Carson has showed her princess glamour on the red carpet a lot this year and I think that she would definitely take this light and hot pink strapless ruffled tea length gown and make it another beautiful moment on the red carpet.Rochas: Much like my feelings on Dries I think that Rochas is an underrated and underutilized brand on the red carpet. Rochas definitely has more wears per year than Dries, but still many of the brands best potential red carpet designs end up lost to the archives. I am really hoping to see my favorite look from the collection grace a red carpet. I think that this dusty rose floral printed gown which features a mock neck, open plunging neckline, ribbon defined waist, and a pleated skirt is definitely something that will make for a gorgeous red carpet look for someone like Rose Byrne.
Stella McCartney: Rounding out this list is a bit of a surprise for me. Usually Stella McCartney shows great casual looks, tops, skirts, jackets, and coats but this season she showed us some dresses with real red carpet potential. I don’t usually put an all black dress on my must see list, in fact this is the first LBD that I have featured all season long. I love color, but I love how this dress just exudes tough girl glam. The leather construction of this dress with the laser cut cheetah print skirt will make for a major moment on someone like Karlie Kloss who can really deliver that edgy glamour on the red carpet.
I cannot wait to see all of these looks on the red carpet in addition to all my must see looks from New York, London, and Milan. Which looks do you most want to see on a red carpet and who do you want to see wearing them?