The big talking points from the French capital.
One of the most eagerly anticipated shows in Paris, not only because of the collection but the sheer spectacle, is Louis Vuitton at the hands of Marc Jacobs. Last season it was the carousel, this season the Vuitton Express pulled up at the Cour Carrée for a show that looked more like a film set than a catwalk. Models strode the platform with an air of Hollywood glamour complete with a personal porter to carry their monogrammed luggage, naturally.
West in show
US rapper Kanye West showed his eponymous second collection but he has a long way to go before he can claim the same success as Victoria Beckham and her story of pop star to credible designer. He may have the means to put on a big show in Paris but he’ll need collections that people actually want to buy – his songs still have a lot more staying power than his clothes, so let’s hope spring 13 isn’t the awkward third album.
With slogans that read ‘Out of the blue’ and ‘Join a weird trip’, Balenciaga’s voluminous-sleeve tops were instantly recognisable pieces that already have the makings to be the collector’s must-haves of the season and not, as first glances may have suggested, 1980s rock and pop culture sweatshirts from a vintage shop. Thanks to their commercial appeal these screen prints are sure to spark a wider trend for slogan tops come autumn 12 – it’s only rock ’n’ roll but we like it.
Ice ice baby
As always, it wasn’t just the clothes that were the talking point at Chanel, where the iconic shoes and handbags are just as coveted. This season’s mineral and glacial-themed collection influenced the footwear, as encrusted heels mirrored the mineral theme with crystals attached to Perspex heels. Perspex was a spring 12 trend, and thanks to Chanel this looks set to continue for an icy winter ahead.
Hedi Slimane is back in fashion, appointed as Yves Saint Laurent creative director; he’ll do clothes + photograph campaigns, no doubt #pfw
Melanie Rickey, fashion editor at large, Grazia @fashedatlarge
Pharrell, Tilda Swinton and Jessica Alba are on the front row #pfw #lanvin
Etailer Asos @ASOS
Sarah Burton pops out to wave in baggy jeans and black shirt, turns around and has orange-handled scissors in back pocket. Love her
Karl Lagerfeld can really do anything at Chanel. This morning at #PFW he is bringing back the crushed velvet legging
Fashion writer Derek Blasberg @DerekBlasberg
Paris styling tip: coat/jacket lapels should be worn up at all times. Pop those collars. #PFW
Etailer Net-a-Porter.com @NETAPORTER
So eyebrow art is the new nail art, according to @Chanel. Each pair reportedly took 3hrs each to make: bit.ly/AnEhXS
US website Fashionista.com @Fashionista_com
Wild Wild West girls walking to ‘Wild Thing’ @Isabel_Marant in an all-star cast. #pfw
i-D magazine @iD_magazine
@StellaMcCartney we loved every look. What a way to start the week. Note to selves – must invest in hot pink dress and oversize coat now #pfw
Harper’s Bazaar @BazaarUK
#pfw worrying trend alert. Last few shows all featured knickerbockers
Telegraph Fashion @TeleFashion
It is snowing black paper circles #garethpugh Dazed & Confused magazine