And... That’s a Wrap: Say Au Revoir to Paris Fashion Week
Champagne flowed like there’s no tomorrow, invitations were embossed with gold leaf, parties were held at the chicest venues, A-listers hijacked the front rows, and even royalty made an appearance!
And now, it is with much abatement that FashionTV presents to you all the scoop from our final fashion fling -- say au revoir to Paris Fashion Week.
Is it true? Fashion month has really come to an end?! We sigh, packing up our fashion week essentials into a gorgeous new Céline Mini Luggage bag. Well, it probably is about time to get a good nights sleep again, put some cold cucumber on our eyes, and... er, detox!
Paris Fashion Week, marks the beginning of the end of the fashion season; where nine days of back-to-back runway shows sees some of the biggest and most established names in fashion reveal their haute couture collections at the most lavish and expensive fashion shows of the season.
FashionTV backstage with Jean Paul Gaultier @Paris_Fashion_Week
The week kicked off in a drowsy state, like many day one’s do, as the fashion pack arrived straight off the plane from Milan, dozy-eyed, and not fully rejuvenated for the start of week four. But, it was nothing that a quick “Beauty Detox” shake couldn’t combat, and no sooner than you could say “Jean-Charles de Castelbajac,” did the fashion carousel get back into hearty swing -- in quintessentially Parisian style.
Ease into Spring with a Casual Swing
It’s STILL a Climate Revolution for Vivienne Westwood’s Gold Label collection
The first set of shows were full of everything from flirtatious ruffles at Balenciaga to sophisticated plunging diagonals at Roland Mouret, as well as Ralph Simons’ debut ready-to-wear collection for Christian Dior (adoring the minimalism!). While the weekend saw collections from the more avant garde design houses to include painted heart faces from Vivienne Westwood, crazy hat creations at Comme des Garcons, and Jean Paul Gaultier who got us all starry-eyed, paying tribute to the ‘80s with a collection of pop icon looky-likeys on and off the catwalk!
FashionTV has a word with Kiss look-a-likes adorning the front row at Jean Paul Gaultier
When Sunday came around, talk of the table, was all about Céline and THOSE shoes. There we were trying to make trend predictions before fashion month kicked off, but can honestly say -- we totally missed this one! In fact, it seems that no-one quite knows how to talk about it. Option one: be politically correct and secure a seat for next season's fashion round. Option two: be darn right bold and crack an opinion. We’ll go for opinion!You’re either gonna love them, or gonna hate them: Phoebe Philo tests the waters with her ‘furkinstocks’ for Céline
British designer Phoebe Philo brought new casual silhouettes, new bags, and new shoes (that were quickly christened ‘furkinstocks’) to Céline Spring 2013. Wearing what we can only describe as mini furbies adorning the models feet, it was soon clear that the new mom’s take on chic, was one with a refreshing sense of humor, and undoubtedly influenced by her recent addition to the family. Anyway, who wouldn’t want to wear a giant pair of mink fur slippers all day?! If Anna Wintour is snapped up wearing a pair of these, we’ll be the first to eat a piece of humble pie.
It’s Monday morning, there are three days to go, and what better way to kick-start the week than with a Stella McCartney show? Presenting the most regal runway yet, at the grand Opéra Garnier, McCartney showed us that she still has gold ambitions. The front-row drew an honorable crowd of A-listers: Sir Paul McCartney, Kate Moss, Salma Hayek, François-Henri Pinault, Natalia Vodianova, Mario Testino, M.I.A., Blanca Li., and a team of Olympic athletes from Great Britain. The collection was cool and casual, playing with over-sized sporty looks.
The Opéra Garnier, Paris, hosted Stella McCartney’s Spring 2013 Collection Photo:@StellaMcCartney
Monday also saw a romantic collection from Chloé and a much anticipated show from the newly rebranded label Saint Laurent; debuting controversially-appointed Creative Director, Hedi Slimane’s, to create a new look for the label -- this Spring 2013 saw a modern twist on ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll (we’ll have one of those Fedora hats s'il vous plait!)Big bows, big hats, and big smiles from the crowd were all the talk from the Saint Laurent Spring 2013 show
K-razy for Karl
It’s the penultimate day and Karl Lagerfeld’s got something to say: Anything you can do I can do better! Big plastic sun hats, huge hula hoop bags, and a runway adorned with gigantic wind turbines were the accessories of the day at Chanel. Huge linebacker sleeve gowns and huge names on the front row -- Kanye West, JLo, et al. -- kept with the biggest is best theme.
Treats from Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton are in the cards for the final days. After four magnificent cities: New York, London, Milan, and Paris have played host to fashion month for the new Spring 2013 season, it is safe to say that no expense has been spared! And oh what fun it has been to ride the fashion storm. Stay tuned to FashionTV to see how the fashion finale draws to a perfect fashion end.