Fashion

DAY 6

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

We’re nearing the home stretch at PFW but before it’s over there are still a few favourites to see.

One of them – Stella McCartney – showed her collection and the Grand Palais de Opera today. This is where she first showed when taking over at Chloé. Waiting for the show, I spotted her three adorable kids running around near backstage and her father, Sir Paul taking his seat. It’s a family affair!

The clothes are immaculate and simple. Clean lines in jackets and short dresses with squared back trains, and sequined dresses with sheer overlays. Refreshing to see a simple, sexy slingback after all these seasons of over-the-top shoes.

I ran over to the legendary Hotel Crillon for a quick appointment to view the Tom Binns jewelry line. OMG, I shared an elevator ride with Mario Testino – one of my favourite photographers. Binns’ collection is gorgeous as usual, newsworthy pieces were a collection of futuristically shaped bronze metal pieces and a series of necklaces, bracelets and brooches with handpainted fluorescent crystals that glow in the black light of clubs! How genius for his young clientelle. I was told that the special edition Alice in Wonderland pieces have all sold out.

Off to the Left Bank to have my Balenciaga re-see. So excited to see these clothes up close and as usual I was blown away. Futurism was a theme with paper-like fabrics covering jackets that had reversible fur vests attach. Quilted and textured fabrics with eye-popping colour combination. Perfect example of Ghesquere’s skill is combining technical laser cut holes and old world lace trim on one dress. The shoes were classic loafers suped up with futuristic platforms and blocks. And jewelry looked like candy with Crayola coloured chained bracelets. The beauty of Balenciaga is that it’s never anything we’ve seen before and constantly pushing the edge of fashion. Truly brilliant!

At Place Vendome, Giambattista Valli showed a truly beautiful collection with sculpturally shaped blush coats and dresses, some densely decorated with 3D tulle ruffles. Some of the most beautiful eveningwear I’ve seen—of couture quality really. Someone needs to be wearing these dresses on the red carpet!

At Kenzo, 100 foot tall palm trees lined the runway. Models in floppy hats and big sunglasses sported 70’s styled outfits à la Annie Hall, with floral prints and slouchy blazers.

A much needed rest and then I was off to Yves Saint Laurent. Stefano Pilati commisioned LCD Soundsystem to create a custom soundtrack for the show. They played it live and it was brilliant. The clothes had a fashionable nun twist with habit like hats, crisp white shirts, capelets and long gold chains. Clear plastic vinyl appeared on everything from shoulder capelets to vents on jackets. Aside from the few jewel toned finale pieces, the entire show was black. Excellent sharp suitings and coats will make the YSL lady very happy.