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Paris Fashion Week: 5 Things We Loved on Day 8

PFW Fall 2011 Chanel 1

Photo by Anthea Simms

It was a light day on the show schedule for me, but it certainly started with a bang at Chanel. Throw in some to-die-for accessories at Lanvin and Pierre Hardy and I could call it a day. With such an edited schedule, I’ve only got five top highlights from yesterday, but they sure were memorable.

1. The Chanel show was fantastic! Models walked out of a brightly lit box onto a smoking runway surrounded by what looked to be black ash and lava rock. The edgier, moodier collection felt young and grunge-inspired with lots of layering, black on black in a plethora of textures, slouchy pants, and meticulously frayed jackets. Very sensible combat boots and kitten heels finished off the looks. A brilliant melding of heritage and street fashion. Bravo, Karl.

2. Of the over 50 looks in this strong show, what resonated with me most was a quilted leather jumper. Lagerfeld showed a succession of jumpers in materials that ranged from edgy leather to sheer lace. Without a doubt, this look will be a must-have for fall.

3. Lanvin re-see. As I’ve said before, there is nothing like getting an up-close look at a collection after the show. At Lanvin it’s the perfect opportunity to see the dozens of accessories that you either missed on the runway, or that are showroom-only pieces waiting to be snapped up by retailers. There were many strong necklaces in the lineup, but a gold bling-encrusted flower choker stood out. I got to try on the wide-brim hat that I was lusting over at the show, and there was a shoe there for everyone–from a red patent loafer (which I have added to my must-buy list) to a sparkly heel decorated with the same dazzling flower found on the jewelry.

4. Pierre Hardy shoe visit. I never leave Paris without visiting the showroom of one of my favorite fashion cobblers. The bright colour-blocking, sparkling disco heels and fur-tongued booties had me drooling. Hardy’s classic wedge heel desert boot is always a favourite of mine and with a shearling lining, it’s the perfect boot choice for a Canadian winter.

5. Sitting at the table next to Alber Elbaz at dinner at the Hyatt in Paris. Enough said!

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