It will be really hard for me to whittle this list down to 5 today…
1. Céline: I loved this show and everything in it: the belted jackets, leather t-shirts, suede tunics and the jackets with the peplum backs are wear-forever pieces that look so effortless and timeless. I’m betting that the long sleek cream trousers with the black net overlay in front will be seen on many editors in the front row next season. Just brilliant…except the shoes. Didn’t love those.
2. The makeup at Issey Miyake: The hair and makeup so far this week has been so bland – long slicked back hair, dominant brow, natural lip – that Miyake’s blooming flowers were so unique and appreciated. The powder-dusted updos and stiff organza flower-like hats and visors sound overdone but were very effective in the sauna-like runway tent.
3. The palette at Hermès: I couldn’t stop thinking about pots of pigment-rich powdered eye shadows during the Hermès show. Christophe Lemaire’s designs were so minimal and the colour was so luxurious that it was an instant success. Gorgeous.
4. Kenzo: I’ll admit that I was more than a little skeptical about seeing what the new designers, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, would do at Kenzo. The results were spectacular – a mash-up of Kenzo’s love of colour, street-smart New York styling and Parisian flair. Everything looked perfect for right now – I could imagine the hordes of street-style photographers who gather outside fashion shows here going nuts for anyone walking by dressed in a cobalt blue short trench with a red sweater and green super-wide leg trousers. This collection will fly off the shelves.
5. The Canadians at DSquared2: Dean and Dan Caten opened a flagship store on the rue Saint-Honoré tonight. The store decor – wood stumps, forest scenes – paired with the Canadian flavour merchandise – ice-skating heel boots for example – really show their proud Canadian roots. I bumped into Bryan Adams downstairs. He was raving about the twins and so excited about their success as Canadians. It was a maple leaf feel-good moment.
And one more! I didn’t mention my visit yesterday to the London Show Room, a loft set up by the British Fashion Council to highlight an eclectic group of British fashion designers. This season it moved to a bigger brighter space to feature more designers. I had a great chat with Mary Katrantzou (I’m a huge fan of her work) plus fellow Canucks Todd Lynn and Mark Fast. Always a highlight of my visits to Paris.