5 Things I Loved: Day 1 at Paris Fashion Week

My favourite moments of the day while catching all the top shows at Paris Fashion Week


Photo by Anthea Simms


Photo by Anthea Simms


Photo by Anthea Simms


Photo by Anthea Simms


Photo by Anthea Simms


My first day in Paris and I’m feeling a little confused. Is this really the end of September? It feels like July!

1.   I loved…the heat! Paris is at its best under clear blue skies. Such a pretty city–and prime weather for shooting street style Tommy Ton tells me. Great lighting, excellent shoes–our favourite Canadian street shooter is in his element.

2.  I loved…the patterns at Dries Van Noten. Hands down, one of the best shows by Dries that I’ve seen! It started with black and white toile-inspired country patterns and then morphed into jewel-toned lights at night. Dries took the season’s explosive pattern play and made it look sophisticated and timeless.

3.  I loved…the sunglasses at Rochas. Novelty sunglasses are the newest accessory – following in the footsteps of “it” shoes and handbags. These ones were exaggerated cats-eye frames with cheery coloured tops in either minty green or ice blue. Super chic with a chignon as shown here but more fun with beachy hair and jeans.

4.  I loved…the friendship of Gaga and Formichetti. Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier made waves in the ’90s with her support and role on the runway. Today, Gaga takes that a step further by walking in her best friend Nicola Formichetti’s first show last season and then contributing a performance art video this season. Her grey pigtails and double row of buck teeth looked freakish – and her shrieking “Jesus is the new black” was provocative – but she knows how to open a show…one that was live-streamed around the world.

I love…the macarons my hotel left by my bedside. It’s been a long first day. I hit the ground running once the plane landed. I truly appreciated the little plate of four sweet treats left by the hotel manager as a thank you for FLARE‘s repeat visits.

Be sure to follow @LisaTant on Twitter for up-to-the-minute tweets from the all the top shows.

Click here for the latest from Paris Fashion Week Spring 2012.