Is this Paris Fashion Week's unlikeliest trend?

The one where Demna Gvasalia took fashpo from Friends
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Is this Paris Fashion Week's unlikeliest trend?
Joey the style icon. Who knew?

You’d be forgiven for thinking Creative Director Demna Gvasalia had been binge-watching Friends on Netflix in his downtime between designing the looks for Balenciaga’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. Why else would he have sent models down the catwalk dressed like Joey Tribbiani in The One Where No-one’s Ready?

Unsurprisingly, there was a more high-brow explanation for the comedy coats on the catwalk. “The collection is conceived as a building of layers,” read the show notes. “The idea of dressing for extreme weather develops in the progressive adding of layer on layer, beginning with close-to-body shapes and finishing with volumes which are fused together from up to nine pieces of outerwear.”

Why wear one Balenciaga coat when you could wear nine? 

This is all very well, but will this trend transcend the runway into real life? Well, actually, it already has, if the street-style set have their say. Take Eva Chen’s Paris Fashion Week wardrobe as a case in point. The Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram layered one tonal wool coat over another to keep her silhouette streamlined, while she braved the sub-zero chill. Could she be wearing any more clothes?

Photos: YouTube, @fashionisluv, and courtesy of Balenciaga

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