Fashion’s Pregnant Pause

A hushed silence descended upon the small Beaux Arts Paris room, lined by two rows of benches and fashion’s most devoted, at the Comme des Garçons show this season. Among sunglasses and stillness, Rei Kawakubo produced suiting that had a pregnancy swell, the models turning sideways to show it off to the cameras, the same pieces slit and cut at the stomach, too. Later, there were other protruding lumps and bumps, legs covered in news print and these same pregnant pieces smothered in tinsel, or chains weighting the looks down, their loops dragging down the catwalk floor. 

Comme des Garçons Spring/Summer 2019 show in Paris. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

It would have been oddly, surprisingly wearable had it not been for these look-twice quirks. But that is the Comme MO. Stop, stare, think. Make sense of it or be confused. Of course, right now the subject of women is big – it’s in some ways alarmingly become its own trend. While we know Kawakubo is not one for trends, there were plenty of comments on what it is to be one that could be read here. 

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2019 show in Paris. Photos by Guillaume Roujas for NOWFASHION.

Another voice strong on womanhood, what it is to be a mum and the like, is Stella McCartney, who this season showed her first collection sans being in the Kering stable – the designer bought back her namesake label earlier this year. On the catwalk and McCartney opted for babydoll dresses and springy scuba looks, big bags, tumbling frills, and pastels. Nothing especially ground-breaking, it was a lighter offering in feel. Was that some weight off her shoulders, the freeing of her company, perhaps playing out?