The thing about watching a seemingly endless parade of beautiful women walk around a room in beautiful clothes is that it makes you want to go shopping. In Paris, this is a dangerous, dangerous thing. I’ve managed to fit in exactly 30 cumulative minutes, considering my schedule is as wonderfully jumbled as a Parisian concept store. Which reminds me, I still have to go to Merci, the philanthropic shop by the owners of Bonpoint. It’s a haven for fancy, slightly disheveled hippies.
The complete opposite of that yesterday: Giammbatisa Valli. Just one look at the front row and its impeccable Russian Dolls could tell you that. The clothes, for the most part, had the same polish: Rounded, couture shapes, 3D flowers, extreme girliness. A good friend told me it felt as though his RTW was becoming more and more like Valli watered down couture. Sure, that applied to the first few looks:
But I did love this series of gilded wheat dresses, tied together with golden rope to make the models look like very chic bales of hay. Clever, non?
Sacai got even wittier. Designer Chitose Abe riffed on athleticism, first showing a series of glossy bright trousers cut to look like elongated basketball shorts and voluminous track jackets that were just as interesting from behind:
Later, she added Prince of Wales check:
And, finally, whimsical ruffled collars to make the models look like high end Victorian gym teachers. Love!
More whimsy happened at the Sonia Rykiel showroom, where the delightful Lola Rykiel (Sonia’s granddaughter and former She’s Got Flare candidate) walked me through the tea-length metallic knits and quirky accessories on offer for spring 2014. I did love this heart-studded hat, can you tell?