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Paris Fashion Week Weekend Highlights


Acne Studios
I often ask myself, “Which label I would wear for everyday life?”, for the rest of my life. Lately, the answer is Acne Studios. It’s offbeat enough to be interesting but still wearable. The fall ‘14 runway show, with its riffs on surf wear and Ibiza-club prints, was an idiosyncratic trip. The blanket-like wraps, leathers and work-shirtdresses in pastels and sunset shades were a dazed dream.

 

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Lanvin’s private office tour Lanvin is celebrating their 125th anniversary quietly by offering private tours of founder Jeanne Lanvin’s perfectly preserved office, just above the flagship store on St. Honore. With archived illustrations, vintage fabrics collected by Jeanne herself and a library of beaded swatches, it’s a goldmine for inspiration (yes, Alber and the team dip into the goods every now and then). I loved going through the atelier’s illustrations from the 1920s and seeing the beautiful (and seemingly endless) stream of designs she and her team created.

 

Sonia Rykiel - Runway RTW - Fall 2014 - Paris Fashion Week

 

 

Sonia Rykiel
Slouchy sweater dressing is everywhere this season (at Marc Jacobs in New York; Nina Ricci and Barbara Bui in Paris, among countless others), so I guess designers are finally hearing my silent pleas for upmarket comfort as an alternative to pyjama dressing. Sonia Rykiel (or rather the house’s head designer, Geraldo da Conceicao, a Canadian!) did it sumptuously, taking the Rykiel knitwear mantra and running with it through bonded knits, ribbed camel hair sweaters layered over each other and topped off with puffy furs.

 

Kenzo - Runway RTW - Fall 2014 - Paris Fashion Week

Kenzo
After Acne and Dries Van Noten had their way with trippy Ibiza squiggles, Kenzo’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim took their turn, here amped up with neons and a Lynchian touch. (Auteur/artist David Lynch did the show’s set design and music, so it makes sense the two were suitably inspired.) The bonkers prints and jaquards (made of wood, metals, perspex and shaved kangaroo, according to the show notes) made for a dark, eclectic-cool mix.

 

Shoes!
This weekend the last shoes I wanted to wear were the ones on my feet. Here’s what I’m lusting after from my appointments over the weekend:

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Roger Vivier’s Bruno Frisoni presented a collection right out of a Marrakech souk, with vivid, spicy colours peppered throughout his fall collection. The Eastern European in me loved these leopard boots best (left). 
Tabitha Simmons’ super sparkly flats put me in the mood for comfortable evening dressing (right).