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Paris Fashion Week came to an end this week and there were SO MANY SHOWS that I cannot even begin to include them all in this article. However, here are ones you should most definitely know about: Nicholas Ghesquiere took a slightly different approach (and location) for Louis Vuitton this season, one of fluidity and movement which was both loved and hated by his audience. Kenzo grabbed a bit of controversy by using live nude models as part of the set for their show; the brand will be launching a collaboration with H&M come November so watch out if you adore their signature vibrant, neon animal prints. Chanel embraced the cyber-age, with Karl Lagerfeld adopting a slightly different direction for Chanel (but still, as always, with a clear theme). New ideas ranged from wire used in tweed to ‘timeless’ lingerie-esque dresses, and Lily-Rose Depp – the face of Chanel’s new scent – of course made a very gorgeous appearance. The Sonia Rykiel show finished with a tribute to the designer, with models in outfits spelling ‘Rykiel Forever’ across their backs; Stella McCartney’s show also finished with an act of performance, with models freely dancing down the catwalk. Back-together Zayne and Gigi (do you need surnames?) arrived at the Givenchy show together, the model taking to the FROW instead of the runway.
And, most anticipated of all, Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her first collection for Christian Dior as the first female to design at the house. Her collection (made in under 6-weeks) ran along the theme of women being strong, not just beautiful, with references to fencing, feminism and modern logos a plenty. Chiuri’s approach was that Dior was not just Christian Dior, but all of the designers throughout the years, and so she took inspiration from every one of them – along with a hint of Valentino’s signature pretty/tulle/delicate thrown in. Designers such as Alber Elbaz, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Giambattista Valli turned out to support her, only adding to the insane FROW (Kate Moss, Karlie Kloss, etc). The designer’s debut at Dior was most indeed an event.
Commuting can get pretty mundane, but this week vending machines were placed at French train stations distributing short stories to ensure travel is a little more interesting. I definitely think that London should follow suit…
New model – daughter of Rosemary Ferguson – Elfie Reigate made her catwalk debut at Alexander McQueen’s S/S17 show; she is the first model to be represented by Kate Moss’ new modelling agency and sported a rather covetable knitted dress.
Brexit was back in the news this week (yay), with Theresa May outlining her plans to leave the EU by March next year. “It should make us think of Global Britain, a country with the self-confidence and the freedom to look beyond the continent of Europe and to the economic and diplomatic opportunities of the wider world… Because we know that the referendum was not a vote to turn in ourselves, to cut ourselves off from the world. It was a vote for Britain to stand tall, to believe in ourselves, to forge an ambitious and optimistic new role in the world.” Thank god someone is speaking some sense at least.
(Images from the top: ‘Rykiel Forever’ Sonia Rykiel show, Sarah Jessica Parker, Louis Vuitton SS17 show, Stella McCarney finale, Vetements news, Paris ‘short story’ vending machine, Theresa May, Chanel SS17 show, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior, Karl Lagerfeld and Kenzo with their nude model set.)
Vetements made sure they hit headlines this week, despite their absence from PFW, by revealing their important new hire of Nina Nitsche as Collective Director. Nitsche, who previously worked at Maison Margiela for nearly two decades, will head up the design team under Gvasalia’s creative direction – and has left many a Vetement fan waiting in even more eager anticipation for the collective’s next drop of fashion (and commercial) gold.
On Tuesday Candice Swanepoel teased her Instagram followers with an illustration of a beautiful pregnant mermaid, accompanied with Coldplay lyrics. Many of the Victoria’s Secret model’s followers took this as a sign she had given birth before she reassured them with the comment “#notyet”.
Sex & The City star Sarah Jessica Parker has revealed that she will be launching her own book publishing imprint (SJP for Hogarth) for which she will act as Editorial Director. Her role will encompass finding, editing and publishing several new novels a year, and is one that appears to fit her very well: “I have always loved to read for the same reason I love to act, which is that other people’s stories are more interesting to me than my own.”
I’m certain you would have heard about this story, but if you happened to have reclined under a rock this week, then here it is: Kim Kardashian West was held at gunpoint, tied up in her Hotel room, and had £8 million of jewellery and personal items stolen from her, all by two men dressed as policemen, in the midst of Paris Fashion Week. Her husband Kanye West was performing on stage at New York’s Meadow Festival at the time and left immediately, informing everyone there was a “family emergency”. Whether you think it’s the reality star’s own fault for having a ring worth $4.5 million or not, I don’t think anyone would ever want to be in a situation like that – do you?