PARIS — It’s a complicated thing for a designer to be responsible for the last show

PARIS — It’s a complicated thing for a designer to be responsible for the last show of a fashion week: There’s an expectation, illogical though it may be, that the event may somehow sum up all the others; put a nice, neat bow on top. This is compounded when the show is the last show of the whole four-city season, and it’s even more fraught when the season we are talking about is the first season of the next 10 years. So what was Nicolas Ghesquière, artistic director of Louis Vuitton women’s wear, saying Tuesday night as a dark courtyard of the Louvre was illuminated by hundreds of smartphone lights from the crowd waiting just outside the barricades (clamoring for a glimpse of Alicia Vikander, Ruth Negga, Catherine Deneuve) and the spring 2020 ready-to-wear marathon came to an end? Mr. Ghesquière had built a giant, plain plywood box (from sustainably sourced wood, of course, all to be recycled) inside the Cour Carrée. On one wall of the box was a giant screen and on it, a video of a woman’s head, neck and shoulders, set against a lightening sky was playing. Her eyes were closed, as in repose. The sun rose behind her, and gradually they widened. Then she opened her lipsticked mout...

The 4 Most Popular Fall Dresses, According to Fashion Girls

When you think about the fall wardrobe basics you couldn’t possibly live without, a few staples probably come to mind first. Yes, there’s the obvious like black ankle boots, moto jackets, and chunky sweaters, but there’s another must-have that’s equally as important to a solid autumn offering. Ding, ding, ding! You guessed it—the fall dress. You’re most likely well aware, but the dress silhouette in question is far different than the summer go-to you wore for the last few months. It’s normally in a knee or midi length, has long sleeves (or has the ability to be layered with knits), and features thicker fabrics. While there’s a variety of picks out there that fit this description, it seems the fashion community has committed to four fall dresses over the past few years. Yes, these are the styles that haven’t just popped up here and there but continue to quite literally invade fashion month, the streets, and everywhere in between. To highlight further, we’re showcasing the most famous fall dress silhouettes that style-setters collectively wear on repeat. Naturally, we shopped out the coveted finds for each as well to get your closet ready for the season. Style Tip: Go for th...