The Belle Époque is an emotive part of French history, an era of joyful naivety before Paris suffered loss, bombing and occupation during World War One and Two. As a result, this year's show was as moving as it was evocative.
Nicolas Ghesquières again chose the iconic main courtyard at the Louvre Palace in central Paris to reveal his collection, which seemed a poignant reminder of continuity between the Belle Époque and present day.
Meanwhile, the soundtrack for the show was It’s Okay To Cry, while iconic late 19th and early 20th-century actress, Sarah Bernhardt was the inspiration for the show. In a nod to the current wave of eco-awareness, Ghesquières’ also created the set for his show set out of wood from a sustainable forest in France and will be recycled in the coming weeks, following the show.
Elsewhere in the collection (and in keeping with one of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 2020) were smatterings of seventies references mixed in with Belle Époque pieces. To the resolute joy of accessory fans, the SS2020 show also debuted the new Blade bag. Simple, chic, while incorporating the house’s famous trunk, the new piece is arguably going to be one of the biggest hits of the new season.