1. Nicolas Ghesquiere debuts at Louis Vuitton
If there’s one show we could list as the most highly anticipated of fashion week – that’s all four cities – it’s this one. And we weren’t disappointed. The former Balenciaga designer created a GORGEOUS collection (his first since taking the helm from Marc Jacobs), jam-packed with sumptuous leather, colourful tile prints and retro ski jumpers. #WANT
2. The Fash Pack is caught looting at Chanel
It’s OK, we’re not talking ram raiding the flagship store. The set for Chanel’s show on Tuesday was a supermarket, and at the end we heard an announcement inviting us to help ourselves to Chanel sweets on the way out. The Chanel biscuits and olive oil however, were out of bounds, as some audience members found out when they were stopped and asked to put them back. EMBARRASSING!
3. Christian Dior’s nightclub
Dior always shows on Friday afternoon, which is virtually Friday night, so we appreciated Raf Simon’s nightclub scene, complete with UV lights that made anyone wearing white look brilliant. The models stomped down the runway to the pumping music with such confidence; this felt like a designer really getting into his stride. Oh, and the clothes were LOVELY. Top marks.
4. The Sixties
The decade that spawned the Rolling Stones, mini skirts and music festivals comes back around in the fashion cycle most often for a reason: it’s hands down the coolest. We’re thrilled that many brands – including Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Valentino – showed A-line skirts, collared shift dresses and knee boots.
5. FROW of the week
The good thing about being one of the last shows of the week, is that anyone who might have been at the Oscars on Sunday has had time to jet over from LA to attend. Case in point, Miu Miu, which saw Margo Robbie and Lupita Nyong’o cosy-ing up with Rihanna (now a Paris FROW regular) on the front row.
6. Biceps at the ready
Forget shoulder robing – the way to wear your coat without actually putting it on next season is to drape it casually over one arm. Of course with a winter coat, it might be quite heavy, so best start the arm exercises now. Seen at Celine and Dior.
7. Sole mates
The new point of interest is the sole of your shoes. What are they made from? If you’re buying next season from Dior, your heels will be made from rubber. Or at Stella McCartney, your lace-ups will come with wooden platform soles (sustainably sourced, of course).
8. Alex Turner at Saint Laurent
Forget Le Chung; Paris was all about her ex – Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner, who attended the Saint Laurent show complete with trademark wet look quiff, sunglasses and a glass of champagne. Momentarily losing his poetic genius after the show, he proclaimed it “really good”. Oh well.
9. The need for tweed
OK, OK, so it’s a winter perennial, but tweed popped up on the catwalk at Sacai on oversized coats and most excitingly - from a British perspective at least - at Maison Martin Margiela. MMM used Harris Tweed which, rather like champagne, can only be called such if it is manufactured on the Scottish islands of the Outer Hebrides.
10. Kendall Jenner
Surprise stand-out model of fashion week was Kendall Jenner, who walked in Paris for both Givenchy and Chanel. Will she make the cover of Vogue before Kim?
By Hannah Rochell