Paris Fashion Week has come and gone in a whirlwind of autumn leaves, courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel forest, big bouffants (à la Miu Miu’s Karlheinz Weinberger-inspired rebel youth) and iridescent fabrics at Margiela, Balmain and more. But while all eyes were directed towards the runway, street photographer Yu Fujiwara had his lens fixed firmly on the roadside, capturing the capital’s myriad fashion fanatics as they clustered outside venues in the sub-zero climes, or marched between shows at a necessarily brisk pace.
“I’m drawn to people who have their own individual style,” the image-maker tells Sleek. “Something about their clothes will capture my imagination, and I’ll build up a picture of their character and their lifestyle, the things they like.” Here, Fujiwara has selected some of his favourite snapshots taken over the week, spanning the inimitable Michele Lamy (“I like everything about Michele’s outfit—the colours, the textures, the drape and the shapes”), avant-garde stylist Catherine Baba (“I always love her flamboyance and decadence”) and Japanese fashion critic Takeji Hirakawa (“He is always so stylish. I wonder how many scarves he owns…”). Meanwhile, it turns out that many of the attendees gave Balenciaga and Vetements a run for their money, offering idiosyncratic masterclasses in cold-weather layering—all showcased in the gallery below.