EARLY BIRDS: Editors attending Paris Fashion Week should plan to arrive earlier than usual, as the event kicks off in earnest on Sept. 24, according to the preliminary calendar released Wednesday by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, French fashion’s governing body.
As reported, Dior, typically the first big name to open Paris Fashion Week in recent years, has moved its show ahead one day, safeguarding that distinction. Its show is set for 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, with Jacquemus — who last year started showing his collection on the eve of the official start of the week — to follow at 6 p.m.
The rest of the week will see a series of brands returning to the calendar with new designers. Hedi Slimane is due to show his first collection for women and men at Céline on Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. Casey Cadwallader will unveil his first full collection for Mugler on Sept. 26, while Yolanda Zobel will make her debut at Courrèges the same day.
Also back on the calendar are Esteban Cortazar, after staging a one-off show at New York Fashion Week last season, and Cédric Charlier, who briefly decamped to New York in 2016 before switching to an off-calendar presentation format in Paris.
Among those sitting out the season are Lanvin, Nina Ricci and Lacoste, who are without designers. Also absent are Carven, which has filed for the French equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and Vanessa Seward, which is looking for a new investor after parting ways with contemporary brand APC.
Undercover has also dropped off the women’s runway schedule and is switching to a presentation format.
The new arrivals are French label Afterhomework, started by Pierre Kaczmarek and Elena Mottola as teenagers with no fashion training; Ukrainian designer Anton Belinskiy; Russian designer Natalia Alaverdian’s label A.W.A.K.E., whose fans include Kim Kardashian, and Swiss brand Ottolinger, designed by Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadient, one of the semifinalists for this year’s LVMH Prize.