After a hurried croissant and coffee, I was off and ready to go. After jumping in my Uber car, (traditional car service is so last season) I dashed over to the historic Grand Palais, site of many of the PFW shows.
My first show of the day was Guy Laroche. Artistic director Marcel Marongiu’s Fall 2013 RTW collection was influenced by Marlene Dietrich’s aggressive pairing of masculinity and femininity. The silhouettes were gender bending combinations of sharp, figure hugging militaristic suits, paired with bondage-inspired harnesses. Slick pencil dresses with a large zipper that opens at both ends, encouraging the wearer to tear the dress off herself, rather than waiting for someone to do it for her, were featured alongside silk flared trousers in girly shocking pink and deep purple. It was essentially a collection that was at once aggressively sexual and eminently wearable. It was a welcome departure for a French House that had a reputation for being, well, a bit old fashioned.
After Laroche, there was of course a fashionable luncheon celebrating the collection. After much discussion and some lovely nibbles, I had made some fast friends and gotten invaluable fashion and styling tips from the team.
Post lunch, I decided to walk the mile to the couture atelier of Alexandre Vauthier. Though I quickly realized that wearing six inch Sergio Rossi stilettos for a long walk might have been a terrible idea, the scene that greeted me upon my arrival made it all worthwhile. Immediately upon entering, I spied a mannequin wearing an amazing Bob Mackie-esque concoction that made my inner Cher sing! Designer Vauthier’sfall ready to wear collection, though inspired by his more risqué haute couture collection is eminently wearable, and he informed me that when you have such a sober and tailored collection, it’s necessary to have a glamorous finale! The collection itself is mostly black, consisting of tailored separates, beautiful and form fitting jersey dresses designed for ease of wear, and flowing chiffon evening dresses that offer a glimpse of skin in all the right places. Deceptively simple in appearance, it’s the quality and workmanship that really drew me in. From buttons to hand sewn beads, every piece is beautifully turned out and flawlessly finished.After drinks and nibbles at Hotel Coste, I headed to the party of the night, the H&M afterparty at the Musée Rodin. The after party took place immediately following the show. Among the slew of hot young things in attendance were Leigh Lezark, Emma Roberts, Peaches Geldoff, Carine Roitfeld, Chloë Moretz, and Ashley Olsen.
After a night of dancing and nibbling on amazing mini pastries, I headed back to the apartment for some beauty sleep. Bonne nuit!
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