1. A good trench coat: Overshadowed by dramatic Thanksgiving-worthy fowl feathered headdresses were some incredible trench coats at Junya Watanabe. The Japanese designer cuts them with precision – the best being a softer cape (not full, mind you) on the back on camel and black trenches.
2. A good gimmick: One can always count on Viktor & Rolf to poke fun and play with fashion. A four-storey tall pink tulle skirt was at the opening to their runway entrance. High on top were two Parisian singers who sang the cheeky runway music. The skirt opened and out strode Natasha Poly.
3. A Parisian classic: Today, Sonia Rykiel sat quietly in the front row of her namesake show clutching her granddaughter’s hand. She didn’t look well but perked up as the parade of soft daffodil, coral and mustard striped knits came out. This season, her company announced that her right hand, April Chrichton, would become the label’s new creative director. April’s vision made for a softer less joyous Rykiel show but one that Sonia clearly approved of. At it’s finale, Sonia was presented with a bouquet of red roses.
4. The one and only Rei Kawakubo: I never know what I’ll expect from a Comme des Garçons show – clown hair and makeup with lumpy bumpy clothing one season, monastic layered jackets (four sleeves, anyone?) the next. Her spring riff on brides was stunning – and thought-provoking as always.
5. French desserts: After the end of a long hot day (one of the hottest I’ve ever experienced in Paris), all I craved was a quiet dinner. And Parisians excel at treats. Two thumbs up for both macarons and dark chocolate mousse.