Don’t tell the PR people, but a great show isn’t about how many “celebrities” you can pack into the front row (“John Lozenge was in the front row? THE John Lozenge of the soon-to-be-released Space Dogs, according to IMDB? What did he think of the collection? He LOVED it???”); how many “it” girls you can pay to walk the runway; or how many self-obsessed bloggers you can whip into a selfie frenzy (who may or may not bring any attention to the actual show: if a tree falls in front of 700,000 Instagram followers — but isn’t actually recorded — does it make a sound?).
By that metric, of so many amazing shows this season (although Paris hasn’t yet wrapped), it’s Elisabetta Franchi that’s gotten our pulses pounding the loudest.
The ’70s exploration that began in February 2015 (Fall 2015 collections) is still in pretty high gear, if the collections we’ve seen on the runway are any indicator (even Elie Saab got in on the act this season). But why the 1970s, anyway? It’s worth plumbing some of the (possible) reasons.