Supermodel Beauty – The first thing I noticed at Stella McCartney’s blockbuster spring show was how radiant her supermodels looked. Natalia opened the show in an outstanding white shift dress. She looked to be wearing minimal makeup – just a sheen on her cheeks, a touch of pink lipstick and hair in a ballerina bun. Same with every girl after her – Miranda Kerr, Natasha Poly, Arizona Muse and Stella herself. All gorgeous.
’50s Couture – Mid-century couture structure is the season’s top trend from Paris. And nowhere did it look more fitting than at Giambattista Valli. What made it resonate even more was the presence of Lee Radziwill in the front row. I could imagine Radziwill and her sister, Jackie Kennedy, wearing outfits just like these – shell tops and sleek cropped trousers, opera coats, shift dresses – back in the day.
Stefano Pilati – Pity the poor creative director at Yves Saint Laurent. Every season, the rumours about his upcoming termination get crazier than ever. And then he turns around and produces a brilliant show that nails the season’s couture references (he does have an amazing archive to reference) and delivers the most covetable shoes (gold shields and toe caps). One of Pilati’s best in recent years.
The Tuileries – As much as we complained about the dusty hot Tuileries Gardens this season (it’s home to one of the main show tents), it was at its best during the Chloe show. The smart people at KCD (who produced the show) removed the roof panels. A soft breeze filled the formerly sticky hot salon and falling leaves floated to the runway. Salted caramel macarons were served at the beginning – now what could be better than that?
Dinner With Friends – My friend Nicholas Mellamphy, Creative Director of The Room at The Bay, invited me to dinner with Mary Katrantzou. I’ve been a huge admirer of hers from the minute saw her simple shifts printed with oversized perfume bottles about two years ago. To sit and chat with her about fashion, trends, her celebrity customers and life was a real treat.