Cara leading the Chanel protest
1. Supermodel power at Lanvin
Watching show after show of young models over fashion month can make us feel a bit old, so we rejoiced at Alber Elbaz’s decision to have “older” models walk in his Lanvin show; supermodels like Kirsten Owen (43) and Amber Valletta (40) led the way down the catwalk and they looked AMAZING.
2. Time travelling at Dior
Raf Simons is a genius at marrying the old with the new; he references Dior’s rich back catalogue (New Look suits, bar jackets) as well as historical fashion, but he designs collections that are anything but old-fashioned. Next season sees a strong 18th Century vibe, with pannier skirts and Edwardian frock coats in modern fabrics.
3. Protests on Boulevard Chanel
Girl power, Chanel style, came during the finale of the show. The models – including Cara Delevingne and Gisele Bundchen – re-emerged on the make-believe Parisian street carrying banners and shouting through megaphones, and all seemed to relish in the opportinuty to make a loud, feminist statement.
4. Valentino’s exquisite Italian journey
We thought this collection was beautiful on the catwalk, but then we had the opportunity to see it close-up after the show and it is AMAZING. Suede jackets with bonded patterns, delicate dresses with hand-sewn beaded sea creatures, and Neapolitan candy colours were all inspired by the 18th Century tradition of the Grand Tour around Italy (and made us want to book a holiday too).
5. Vuitton’s architectural Frank Ghery moment
The amazing Frank Ghery building that was the venue for Louis Vuitton nearly stole the show. Nearly. But then Nicholas Ghesquiere produced his second ready-to-wear collection for the brand, and the fashion world swooned.
By Hannah Rochell