It’s hard not to be amused watching Simon Porte Jacquemus’ oversized, off-kilter clothes coming down the catwalk. And the wacky triptychs he posts to Instagram (@jacquemus) confirm he’s having just as much fun making them. But despite their childish two-dimensional shapes and primary hues, there’s some serious ingenuity behind Jacquemus’ wares, which explains why he’s been nominated once again for the prestigious LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize.
I’m a big fan of Nina Ricci’s new creative director Guillaume Henry. The preppy-with-a-twist-clothes he designed during his five-year tenure at Carven were youthful, charming and cool, and completely transformed the fusty French maison, which originally catered to petite women (its founder, Carmen de Tommaso, was just over five feet!). I’m keen on seeing whether Henry will be able to win over Ricci’s loyal clientele, many of whom fall into the ladies who lunch crowd.
For her spring collection, Céline’s creative director Phoebe Philo told the press she didn’t really have any particular inspiration—instead she just made what she wanted to see. It’s a statement that might seem a bit arrogant, but really isn’t. After all, Philo’s pretty much been a fashion oracle since graduating from Central Saint Martins (her first design job was at Chloé before joining Céline in 2008). It’s anyone’s guess what she’ll show for fall, but whatever she conjures is certain to be divine.
Since taking the reins from Marc Jacobs two seasons ago, Nicolas Ghesquière has brought new life to Louis Vuitton’s ready-to-wear and accessories by looking back to the late ’60s and early ’70s for inspiration. His first collections for LV were so well received—and so often copied—you might say he’s responsible for the fashion world’s current mania for flared pants, big-collared jackets and chunky-heeled ankle boots. But knowing that Ghesquière is always several steps ahead of the rest of the style pack, it’s doubtful his third collection for Vuitton will remain stuck in the past.
My survival list
Want Les Essentiels de la Vie folio
I don’t think they actually make this this exact style anymore, but I bought this last year at Toronto’s WANT Apothecary before Paris fashion week because I needed something to hold all my invites. I could just carry a manly tote or a backpack around, but this is much more discreet—and Canadian!
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
I’m pretty much running around Paris going to shows from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., after which I usually grab a late dinner. Because of this, I’m often not in bed until 1 a.m. Needless to say, my peepers need a little pick-me-up come morning.
Condé Nast Traveller’s February 2015 issue
The top 50 Paris bistros featured in this edition were so inspiring that I actually planned ahead and made some reservations at several new bistros. I’m particularly excited about trying Semilla, where the vegetables are said to share centre stage with the meats, which is highly atypical for such a foie gras– and tartare-focused city.