On the Runway

10 Things To Love: Day 4 Paris Fashion Week

Dior Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Anthea Simms

What a day! Countless shows, a few parties and the season’s top news story all within day three of Paris Fashion Week. Keep reading for my top ten highlights of March 4, 2011….

1. Seeing Galliano’s last show for Dior. Despite the controversy and unfortunate circumstances, it was still a moment in fashion history watching the creative genius’ last looks for the iconic house.

2. The Dior finale was a special moment in time, obviously Galliano did not take a bow, instead the entire Dior design team came out in their lab coats to a standing ovation and jubilant applause. A testament to the fact that no designer works alone and a label is only as good as the people behind it.

3. Roland Mouret’s parade of perfect dresses (from mini to maxi and everything in between). This charming French designer, now based in London (he just opened his fist stand alone store there), is the master of sexy dresses. This season my ultimate faves were in Bordeaux – I’m seeing a lot of this colour this season.

4. 70’s glam at Vionnet. Long live sparkle, colour and sexiness. The oversized floral prints were perfection but I especially loved the ruffle collared sparkle navy dress—their ribbon webbed tops and skirts were fashion art.

5. Cool girl chic at Isabel Marant. Jeans and sweat tops never look as good as they do on Marant’s runway. This season’s must have pieces were the Navajo printed jeans, white fringed wedge boots and the oversized outerwear – specifically the denim jackets with shearling trim.

6. The feathered earrings Isabel Marant showed are sure to be best sellers and spawn a thousand knock offs, especially after Gwyneth Paltrow sported them at the Grammy’s.

7. LANVIN—every single piece on the runway! This season felt cleaner and more structured, but still sexy. Love the simplified colour palette of black, red, and camel. Especially loving the witchy wide brimmed hats and slick black dresses with huge gold brooches decorating the neckline. And it seems Albert has a new found fondness for flats after last seasons shoe delay. This time around it was pointed toe loafers. My to-buy list is growing fast!

8. It wouldn’t be fashion week without a couple of parties: from the Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld launch to a boutique soirée at Sergio Rossi to Eddie Borgo’s fête at Colette, it was a see-and-be-seen kind of night.

9. Dinner with the Hudson’s Bay gang at iconic Le Grand Colbert. Always fun to talk fashion gossip and trends with fashion friends.

10. Being photographed by Phil Oh, street shooter for Vogue.com. My shot may not make the final cut, but it’s always nice to be acknowledged ; )