On the Runway

10 Things We Loved on Day 5 of Paris Fashion Week

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 2011; Photo by Anthea Simms

It’s day five of Paris Fashion Week and every minute here I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be doing this for a living. Heelloo—I’m in Paris, looking at the amazing clothes, surrounded by the most fashionable and inspiring people! It never gets old.

While I was heartbroken to miss out on a ticket to the collection of designer-of-the-moment, Haider Ackermann (with highlights also come disappointments), there were enough other great moments throughout the day. Here’s the lowdown as to how I spent March 5, 2011…

1. A feast for my eyes at the Tom Binns jewelry preview. A long time fan of Binns, I was oohing and ahhing at the glow-in-the-dark-painted stone necklaces – perfect for club-going fashionphiles in locales like Ibiza. He was inspired by neon fish and aquariums. This was the chicest underwater world I’ve ever seen.

2. Street pap frenzy. My red pants, fluoro pink shirt, striped fur stole and gold doc martens had street style shooters clamouring to get my pic. Who knows if I’ll make the cut or end up on the cutting room floor, but it was fun nonetheless.

3. Seriously cuffed slacks and pinwheel coats at Viktor and Rolf. Even though the models faces were painted red, my eyes were fixated on the eight-inch cuffs on winter white slacks, and coats with pleated shoulder details that looked almost like pinwheels.

4. Sonia Rykiel is one of my favorite shows for the model’s high energy alone (always a welcome change after so many shows with emotionless girls), and this year I was loving the new direction of the line. It felt a bit more urban and a little less sweet. While I loved the bold colored furs, menswear plaids, and slick stir-up pants, I was taken with the fur sleeved jackets and sweaters—the red ones got me especially excited.

5. Creepers, jeepers. Prada did them last season and today Rykiel did a studded version. The Creeper has more than officially made a come back.

6. The floral illustration prints decorating the clothes at Cacharel were so lovely. They looked a bit art nouveau, but with a twist of neon colours on camel.

7. At Cacharel I discovered one of my favourite skirt styles of the week: a structured mini layered over a soft flowing underskirt. It felt like a novel idea, which is no easy feat considering almost everything’s been done already.

8. I was lucky to jump in to Parisian shopping mecca Colette to see a couple of photo exhibits. One by hair virtuoso,and in this case art director, Luigi Murenu, and another photographed by Patrick Demarchellier. (I won’t lie, I scoped out each and every pair of shoes and piece of clothing in the place as well.)

9. Menswear suits at Jean Paul Gaultier. Tailored but perfectly slouchy, JPG does a mean suit. These are pieces that you would own forever.

10. Macarons from Pierre Herme. You’ll soon notice that at least one of my daily highlights revolves around food. Hey, it’s part of the experience.