Thursday was a big night in Paris: Cult favorite Vetements, which has basically established itself as the industry's Fashion Week uniform this season, presented its much-hyped fall 2016 collection. Much like Alexander Wang did in New York City, the design collective — headed up by Margiela-trained Demna Gvasalia, the newly appointed creative director of Balenciaga — set up its runway in a church. (Specifically, the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.) And much like Wang's collection, many of the profanity-splashed pieces that walked were anything but chaste. But if the immediate reactions on social media are any indication, those in attendance seemed to have a semi-religious experience as they watched.
The show started out sweetly enough, with a model in a ruffled, lace-trimmed minidress carrying a bouquet of yellow flowers, and the pieces that followed could be described as twisted, punk rock takes on Catholic school uniforms: thigh-high socks, plaid blazers, pleated skirts, long ties worn backwards and oversized button-downs haphazardly tucked in. Walking in a hunched-over way, male and female models alike wore very strong-shouldered tops and outerwear, belts boasting huge metal loops with coats draped through them, head-to-toe velvet suits, oversized flannels (some with one sleeve missing) and leather trench coats.
But the real crowd pleasers were the giant hoodies that the brand has become famous for, and this season, they boasted a number of angsty slogans appropriate for a variety of moods. Those included: "Are we having fun yet;" "May the bridges I burn light the way" (shout out to Dylan McKay for that one); "Drink from me and live forever," and my personal favorite, "you fuck'n asshole." Aside from the "Sisters of Mercy" soundtrack, goth vibes continued with a black skull sweatshirt, hanging chain details and a pentagram jacket. If you thought you'd be able to avoid dressing like a Hot Topic teen this fall, think again.
A few of the brand's popular favorites like ruffled silk dresses, bomber jackets and high-rise, vintage-inspired jeans are back this season, along with some new additions that are bound to be street style bait, like the thigh-high leather boots with an Ed Hardy-esque motif, some sparkly Lurex skintight booties and maxi skirts in sweatshirt material, one of which is emblazoned with the words "sexual fantasies." So, to answer the question, "Are we having fun yet?" we're replying with an enthusiastic: "Hell yeah."