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Paris Fashion Week: 8 Things We Loved on the Last Day

Eight things we loved on the final day of Paris Fashion Week

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Photo by Anthea Simms

And just like that, Paris Fashion Week is on it’s final day. With a big ticket show and important showroom appointments, this week ended on a high note.

1. The theatrics at Louis Vuitton. As we entered the tent, French maids, or rather, cute girls dressed as French maids were dusting the entrance way and more of them inside were serving champagne and caviar—all at ten in the morning. The set was a set of elevators manned by porters which ferried the models onto the runway.

2. Brilliant clothes at LV. This was easily one, of if not THE, best show of the week. Inspired by fetishism in fashion, Marc Jacobs combined a ’40s shape—high waisted skirts, rounded shoulder jackets, accentuated waists—with fetish details like patent leather, corset belts, fur sleeved jackets, thigh high stockings, porter-style chin strap hats, sheared fur bags and handcuff bracelets. (Models’ arms were literally cuffed together, some behind their backs.)  In the hands of anyone less genius than Jacobs, this could have gone very wrong, but it all added up to brilliant.

3. Kate Moss walks the runway at Louis Vuitton. Unfortunately, I only started coming to shows when Moss stopped walking in them. So until now, I had only seen the iconic model as an apparition at a McQueen show years ago. Seeing her strut her stuff in bum baring shorts was a highlight. Oh, and Naomi and Amber and Carolyn, they were all there too! Great seeing this ladies back on the runway.

4. Balenciaga re-see. I’ve already told you how brilliant the show was, but to get an up close look is awe-inspiring. Seeing the technical brilliance of Nicholas Ghesquière and how he makes normally cheap looking materials, such as faux leather and shearling, in to couture worthy pieces.  

5. I had an appointment at McQueen today and saw what is likely the most magical collection of the season. Sarah Burton has done a brilliant job in retaining the houses DNA and injecting it with sense of optimism. It was just as beautiful, if less angst ridden. There were fur jackets and dresses with industrial size zippers and basket woven pony skin jackets, floating gowns with leather harnesses and horsehair collars, and brilliant accessories. The highlight though were the insanely gorgeous gowns all in white and millions of delicate layers and embroidery. These only fueled the rumours that the house would be designing Kate Middleton’s dress.

6. All of the shoes at McQueen were impeccable, from the 8-inch futuristic wedge platform in white—the perfect wedding shoe for the alternative bride—to the heart peep toe red velvet heels. 

7. Givenchy’s kitty glamour! I had another re-see at Givenchy to get an intimate look at the panther meets Bettie Page inspired collection. The beaded sweatshirts and fur varsity jackets were great fun. As were the sheer skirts with playful peplums.

8. Givenchy’s panther choker necklace and cuffs are sure to be on every editor’s wish-list! As are the Day-Glo bags.

See a gallery of looks from the Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu shows