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Front Row At Paris Fashion Week With Samsung

Nine days, 38 shows and one million baguette-related calories later, Paris Fashion Week has come to a close. This visual diary – shot on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip phone – captures all the excitement.

The shows for the Fall/Winter 2020 collections brought us to every corner of the beautiful city of Paris, from the grandiose dome of Les Invalides for Celine, to the striking Pyramids of the Louvre Museum for Louis Vuitton. Between a hectic schedule of shows and events, we sampled double-shot flat whites in Paris’ many hip modern cafes, then hopped left bank for a more traditional cafe allonge in the old haunts of Cezanne and Picasso. We took in Paris by night, walking the quays of the river Seine illuminated by streetlamps that were rendered even more romantic by the rain. The dazzling Eiffel Tower was a sight that flashed by through taxi windows, and, as always, greeted guests for the Saint Laurent show at the Trocadero.

Respite from Covid-19 concerns presented itself in the form of positivity and hopefulness on the runway. Chanel’s message of freedom and liberation was reflected in models nonchalantly walking arm in arm in modern iterations of the house codes. A completely mirrored floor made the runway feel suspended in the sky. Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino pared back to clean lines and celebrated black to allow the individual to shine through. The Hermes show was a delightful offering of bold primary colours in an equestrian playground, and Thom Browne’s Narnia-esque winter wonderland set the scene for a sartorial menagerie of every-animal handbags.

The collections also spoke of the shared consciousness of our times. In the apocalyptic setting of Balenciaga, fires raged and storms brewed, reflected against the surface of a flooded sports stadium as a dramatised observation on climate change. At Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri continued to champion women, and reaffirming slogans, created by artist Claire Fontaine, hung above the show replete with the new uniform for the modern woman.

Sarah Burton focused on the community strength of women at Alexander McQueen, drawing inspiration from the protective and endearing symbolisms of Welsh folklore that seem so apt for the times. And Marine Serre cut through the tense noise of the current moment, presenting a vision of a futuristic that is a melange of cultures and ages, and the old and the new. Paris Fashion Week showed us that these moments of beauty and splendour, in thought-provoking and joyous celebrations of creativity and artistic vision, are the very salve for our uncertain times.

Harper’s Bazaar Singapore editor-in-chief Kenneth Goh and Savina Chai ready to capture all the looks at the Thom Browne show.
The restaurant Les Noces de Jeannette is named after the opera comique by French composer Victor Masse.
The modern interior of Cafe Kitsune juxtaposed against the historic facades of La Comedie-Francais Theater.
Thought-provoking slogans of female empowerment suspended over the Dior show.
This exquisite room inside the historic boutique of Chaumet once housed Chopin.
Outside the Saint Laurent show, the Eiffel Tower lit up the night.
The Saint Laurent collection sported high gloss, electric reds, and voluminous feathers.
Kenzo’s show was held inside a series of clear plastic tunnels which offered a unique view of the surrounding Parisian architecture.
The best way to view Paris is from its rooftops.
The lines of the tiles of the Trocadero lead the eye to the Eiffel Tower.
A rare chance to stop for a coffee in between shows.
Unconventional silhouettes at Loewe.
Haussmannian apartment facades lining the banks of the Seine river.
Saint Germain was the hangout of great artists and authors of the ’20s, and brasserie La Palette was one of the cafes frequented by the likes of Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso.
Celine‘s collection exuded the cool of ’60s rock bands.
Hermes’ Fall/Winter 2020 show paid homage to the brand’s equestrian history.
Balenciaga’s post-apocalyptic set recreated a sports stadium half-submerged in water.
A striking red look at Balenciaga reflected on the runway.
Thom Browne created a winter wonderland inside the National School of Fine Arts.
Givenchy referenced silver screen heroines for its Fall collection.
The Palais Garnier is one of the world’s most famous opera venues.
The meandering tiers of guest seating at Chanel referenced the brand’s iconic black and white house colours.
The mirrored flooring installed throughout the expansive Palais Royal created a stunning illusion of floating in the sky.
Chanel featured equestrian references like riding hats and fold down boots.
Rita Ora and other stars walked the Miu Miu runway.
A fiery sunset before Louis Vuitton, the closing show of Paris Fashion Week.
The Louvre Pyramid seen through one of the museum great archways.
At Louis Vuitton, models walked to the strains of French organist Nicolas de Grigny and a 200-strong live choir who were dressed in fashion from past eras.
The camera were our eyes for this trip – we captured this visual story on the Samnsung Galaxy Z Flip.
Kenneth Goh snapped in a Dior Homme look.   Photos Jiawa Liu