Fashion

DAY 8

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

Photo by Anthea Simms

It’s the last day of Paris Fashion Week and while I’m exhausted, I’m also inspired and excited about the season to come.

I started off at Elie Saab, a great red carpet designer. In his show notes he referred to a mysterious woman and this was reflected in the dark, gothic lace he showed. While most of the show was black, there was a finale of densely sequined/beaded glittering dresses that looked like something of another galaxy. The accessories were also a lot edgier for this eveningwear label with leather covered spiked bags, fingerless patent gloves, and fierce shoes.

I zipped down to the Marais to have a look at Canadian-raised, Paris-based designer Calla Hayes’ sophomore collection. While it was tiny, it was beautiful with a lot of strong pieces and very focused ideas. Her signature custom prints decorated body con dresses and authentic Ikat fabrics made for some cool blazers. My favourite piece was a body con dress with a removable tiered ruffle skirt. Two-in-one, and totally genius. Calla Hayes is certainly a label to watch, and I can see It girls everywhere falling in love with it.

The much anticipated Louis Vuitton show was next and I took no chances with the notoriously punctual Marc Jacobs, showing up half an hour early. The show was in a tent in the Carre Cour de Louvre that surrounds the historical fountain. At 2:30pm sharp, the fountain turned on and a waltz played over the sound system. It was like something out of a movie. A succession of buxom, womanly models like Laeticia Casta, Adriana Lima, Bar Rafaeli, Coco Rocha and Elle McPherson walked around the fountain in 50’s inspired clothes: full dirndl skirts, shrunken sweaters, floral prints and gorgeous gowns. There was not a pant in sight.  Shoes were decorated with big bows, and bags were vintage-shaped top handle purses. What’s amazing is that Jacobs does a 180 every season and totally surprises the fashion world with a completely new message than the last collection. Sure keeps shoppers and the fashion biz on their toes.

My last show of the season was Hermès. Lily Cole made a rare runway appearance in an Avengers-style catsuit and bowler hat. With the James Bond theme spinning on the soundtrack, the rest of the show oozed mystery and danger with leather-on-leather looks, fabulous croc pants and jackets, wrap coats and wonderful angora knit full skirts. Every model wore a bowler hat, most carried an umbrella, and Coco Rocha even sported a magnifying glass on a chain around her neck. The classic Kelly bag was covered in shiny rhinestones.