Second day of Paris Fashion Week was off to a slow start since I didn’t have the fortune of receiving two very hot tickets: Balenciaga and Balmain. (But check back in on March 8th for close up shots from my Balenciaga re-see.)
After catching up on sleep – the deprivation of the previous night’s red-eye flight had taken its toll – I headed to Barbara Bui. The show was in the most interesting location, a club called Showcase which is right on the Seine underneath the most beautiful bridge in Paris, Pont Alexandre.
From my front row seat I watched as biker chic looks and heavily embellished shoes moved by. Bui has developed this tactile-chic look as a signature over the last few seasons. With luxe fur and shearling jackets and skinny leather pants with slightly flared bottoms, this collection felt polished but edgy. Military inspired touches like anoraks and patch pockets were in keeping with one of the seasons biggest trends. I totally fell in love with the fur lined lace up boots. Bui’s accessories are really strong and always very directional, making her a favourite FLARE label to shoot.
From there my next show was Peter Coppings’ sophomore collection for Nina Ricci. “Naughty lady” was the running theme with sexy bustier style tops and oh-so-tight pencil skirts. The outerwear was killer with fur sleeved wool coats, and 3-D floral ornamentation on dresses and skirts with distressed edges was beautiful. The messy, teased hair and cat eye sunglasses brought a retro message home, but this collection felt thoroughly modern in its femininity.
A quick wardrobe change and I was off to the Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb 5th anniversary party at the Hotel Meurice. A complete fashion who’s who crowd with heavy weights like Karolina Kurkova, Dree Hemingway, Kristen McMenamy, Liya Kebede, Jade Jagger, Lou Doillon and countless others. But the icing on the cake was the legendary Grace Jones singing live. How many times in your life can you say you saw Grace Jones singing Happy Birthday to Victor and Rolf at Hotel Meurice in Paris?! Definitely one of the many fabulous perks of my job. I have brilliant video footage that I’ll try to upload in the next few days.
It’s now 1:30am Paris time and I’m finally off to bed. Guess I more than made up for my late start this morning. Stay tuned for my tweets from the Roland Mouret show tomorrow morning.