As someone who doesn’t even own an iPad, often this Paris Fashion Week I felt like an 18th-century person transported into the future, ever so jumpy in my silken culottes at the shock of the new. That’s not to say technological opportunities aren’t invigorating. I loved Olivier Rousteing’s idea to film some of the famous front-rowers of fashion and line them up on screens on the actual front row of his Balmain show. When I posted pictures of it on Instagram, a friend sent me a text, musing: “The evident importance to humankind to insert hierarchy even where there isn’t any needed, to feel order…” Maybe my friend was right: Fashion loves its ideas of establishment.
But Rousteing’s gesture was also one of community. “For me, without the physical experience, without having you to talk to, it’s really hard. It’s hard for a designer to create without an audience,” he