Last week, I texted a friend from Balmain telling her that Rihanna was rumoured to attend. Her response: “*Expletive deleted* that’s the Holy Grail!” But like the grail, it’s been a quest to find her. She sashayed in late for Balmain, showed up at Lanvin and yesterday morning made an appearance at Stella McCartney, where I missed her again. She’s making the rounds at Paris, and will likely be at Chanel this morning. Fingers crossed (and iPhone ready) for a spotting.
Chitose Abe’s Sacai is beloved by just about every editor in Paris. And it gets better and better each season. For fall, I’m lusting after her hybrid puffer and perfecto coats, which are just as compelling from the front as they are from the back.
3. Stella McCartney’s finale
The whole show – from the outsized boyfriend parkas to the dip-dyed fabrics to the slouchy sweaters and matching bags – was as fun and elegant as you’d expect. But the models’ finale walk lead by a dancing Cara Delevigne and Joan Smalls was an unexpected morning surprise, followed by McCartney herself, chasing her kids down the runway. Now who said Parisian fashion had to be stuffy?
4. Jerome Dreyfuss’ custom rug
One of the best parts of fashion week is the resees, where you get to enter a designer’s domain and clock the clothes up close while peeping the interiors. At Dreyfuss’ showroom, which changes every season, I fell in love with the custom rug he had made to offset the 70s theme of his utilitarian-chic handbags. He took an illustration he loved and had it custom made to cover the entirety of the office floor.
5. SAINT LAURENT – best
I could start with the John Baldessari-designed invite, essentially a mini coffee table book. Or the set Heidi Slimane designed which featured gold beams that rose, crossed and fell as the models opened and closed the show. Or the Jane Birkin bangs which reinforce the late 60s!