Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018

This season, fashion houses including Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen, Max Mara and Saint Laurent set out to dismantle standardised notions of beauty for women, and instead focus on women’s empowerment


A century ago, French couturier Paul Poiret was dressing the rich and famous with his modern designs. His label closed down in 1929, but now it has returned with French-Chinese designer Yin at the helm


Despite being rejected by many international department stores for its Chineseness and high price point, Taiwanese label Shiatzy Chen, founded 40 years ago, will persist with Paris shows, while launching a leisure line online

In the week the nine finalists for the 2018 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers were revealed, we talk to its creator, Delphine Arnault from Louis Vuitton, and 2017 winner Marine Serre about exactly what’s at stake

Demna Gvasalia gave Balenciaga a grown-up look, Chloé caters to women who mean business, Sarah Burton was masterful at McQueen, and Piccioli can do no wrong at Valentino, while Anais Jourden makes an assured Paris debut

Common elements seen on the catwalk include feminist ideas, scarfs trailing from the forehead, exaggerated hip shapes, and yellow and gold tones