Compared to New York, London and Milan - Paris is the fashion week where the elite trends are set.
Paris is the city where the best designers in the world present their work and where press from all corners of the earth flock to be a part of the action. So far, Twitter has gone into a mini meltdown over the appearance of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their adorable daughter as they turned up for the Balenciaga and Givnechy shows while the spellbindingly beautiful Dior show on Friday had the entire front row captivated in wonder. It could only be Paris Fashion Week!
There have been some surprises. Olivier Rousteing gave us a Balmain collection which shied away from the boxy bomber jackets and skin tight trousers the brand is fames for. Instead there was a lot of colour blocking, midi skirts with a very tight waist and check prints in a variety of colours and shapes. Nina Ricci also focused on colour blocking in what proved a very emotional show, as Peter Cropping bid a fond farewell to this iconic Parisian label. He will be joining the Oscar de la Renta team in New York from next season.
Alexander Wang established himself as a young genius with his amazing Balenciaga show. From the sci-fi sunglasses to the beautiful chiffon dresses in lilac and baby pink - it was a collection Cristobal Balenciaga himself would have been proud of. Alber Elbaz celebrated the 125th anniversary of Lanvin with a show full of drama, passion and exquisite tailoring. As veteran catwalk model Amber Valetta stalked down the catwalk, you knew that Lanvin were giving us something special this season, and they absolutely did! Victor & Rolf, Anthony Vaccarello, Mugler and Vionnet were other wonderful shows full of wearable yet beautifully tailored clothing. Yet it was the latest Dior show that had everybody talking. Creative director, Raf Simmons delved into the Dior archives to bring a little Marie Antoinette elegance to his show, with embellishment, detail and some truly incredible jackets. There was a lot of white with a hint of pastel colour, but it was defiantly a show to remember - for all the right reasons!
Phoebe Philo worked her fashion magic once again at Celine, with some amazing feathered trousers and printed chiffon dresses. There was also a lot of navy which was a nice change from boring black but believe me, everyone is going to crazy over some of Celines' latest pieces. As for Chloe, John Galliano and Kenzo... the collections were absolutely faultless, especially the pretty lace dresses at Chloe. Monochrome madness descended upon Givenchy with Ricardo Tisci's sexy designs whereas Stella McCartney firmly plotted denim as a major trend for next year. And with Chanel, Valentino and Alexander McQueen on the way, Paris Fashion Week sure looks like it will end in style.