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10 Things To Love: Day 3 Paris Fashion Week

Balenciaga, Calla Hayes, Nina Ricci, Hussein Chalayan and Ann Demeulemeester reign at day 2 of PFW

Day three of Paris Fashion Week started at every editor’s dream show, Balenciaga. This was such an amazing collection, it accounts for three of my ten highlights of the day. From there I witnessed Victorian Gothic at Ann Demeulmeester, supported homegrown designer Calla Hayes, and had a ton of other great moments in between. All in all, it was a great day that ran me off my feet—literally. By the end of the day I swapped my Alaia booties for shiny gold Dr. Martens. Here are my top ten highlights from day 3:

1. This was my first ever live Balenciaga show, and I can now die happy. Nicholas Ghesquiere geniusly melded future techno with old world craftsmanship pairing perfectly draped, exotic floral print skirts with structured vinyl or faux leather jackets. Neon touches, webbed tunics, pointed toe ankle strapped heels—I was coveting every piece.

2. The super thick woven pleather vest and jacket at Balenciaga were works of art. Amazing how Ghesquiere manages to apply couture-like techniques to unconventional materials.

3. I got a kick out of seeing Canadian model Liisa Winkler walk the Balenciaga show. She hasn’t been on the runway in years. Is she poised for a comeback? I hope so!

4. Amazing outerwear at Barbra Bui. All the coats were modernized versions of biker and aviator jackets, some in fuzzy wool/ silk boucles with leather and patent, others lined with shearling. The fur lined winter kimono’s were great alternatives to last season’s capes. but the piece I was drooling over most was a khaki biker-style parka, lined in shearling with a removable long haired goat hem. Two coats in one! Genius.

5. Victorian Gothic at Ann Demeulemeester – this is an aesthetic synonymous with the label. Feather, lacing, leather and more long haired goat coats made an all black collection texturally exciting and full of dark romance.

6. The video installment for Hussein Chalayan’s show was such a novel and serene way to view the collection. Without all the show hoopla, I found myself concentrating on every look and taking in all the details. The collection was full of wearable but intelligent clothes. It was inspired by Kaikoku – Japanese for “wide open spaces” – but don’t think of literal Japanese clothing. It was more so the clean cultural aesthetic. I loved the graphic knits and scarf collared blazers.

7. Patriotic pride for homegrown talent Calla Hayes. This Canadian living in Paris once worked for Olivier Theyskens at Rochas. She’s now growing her namesake label, even including shoes in her signature self-designed prints. The aesthetic is louche but polished and I can see it-girls everywhere wearing these clothes. (Look for a behind-the-scenes feature on Calla in FLARE‘s April issue).

8. The Nina Ricci show, titled “Portrait of a Lady” (inspired by various portrait artists), was romanticism personified, both on and off the catwalk. The show was held in a giant tent in the Jardin des Tuilerie were the dark pathway was lined by hundreds of candles. Just another picture perfect scene in Paris.

9. While the clothes at Nina Ricci were gorgeous in that “Parisian nonchalant glamour” (think fur collared gowns, sexy ruched skirt suits and pretty pastels) I couldn’t take my eyes off the details. In particular a floppy-brimmed, oversized fur hat.

10. It has zero to do with clothes, bags or shoes but this Chinese restaurant Dinner at Dave near the Palais Royale has been a fashion week institution since before Kate dated Johnny (Moss and Depp that is). In fact, a picture of the duo with Dave himself hang amongst hundreds of other shots of big names like Uma Thurman, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler and Sarah Jessica Parker.