I love fashion, but the Paris couture collections make me absolutely giddy. These collections celebrate fashion as high art, and present frothy, impossibly constructed delectable creations that make grown women salivate. Of course, couture gowns cost in the tens and hundreds of thousands, so we won’t be buying one anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look. The first day of couture week featured shows from Giambattista Valli, Christian Dior (currently helmed by Bill Gaytten), Chanel, Versace, and Alexis Mabille — and they did not disappoint. Click to see some of our favorite looks from the first crop of shows.
The hype surrounding Kanye West’s debut women’s fashion line, DW, was on overdrive this past weekend, as the rapper-turned-designer presented his first collection during Paris Fashion Week. Of course it was a star-studded affair, and fashion heavy-hitters like Anna Wintour, Robin Givhan, and Carine Roitfeld were in attendance. Kanye consulted on the collection with other fashion insiders, including Central Saint Martins professor and British fashion guru Louise Wilson, who taught Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, and many other famous designers.
Although Kanye put in a lot of work and preparation on DW, it still falls flat … or should I say heavy … to me. Some fashion editors and critics were polite enough to say that he made a valiant first attempt and the line is a work in progress. But others weren’t too shy or awestruck by Mr. West as to basically call DW a knock-off. Keep reading »
This is a photo from Walter Van Beirendonck’s runway show at Paris Fashion Week, but if you had told me it was a screenshot from a movie in which the protaganist was evading the villain by disguising himself as a shrub, I would have totally believed you. If movie logic holds, this model could plop down on the ground at any time, fold his legs under him, and everyone in the audience would look around and say, “Wait, where did he go? I could have sworn there was a male model on the runway, but now all I see is an immaculately pruned shrub.” Nice move, Van Beirendonck! Keep reading »
When it comes to size discrimination in the fashion industry, Paris—a place where French women (apparently) don’t get fat—has a particularly stuffy reputation and preference for the pin thin. The fashion capital may be loosening its ideals, however. Designer Karl Lagerfeld has shown particular fondness for Crystal Renn lately, and Louis Vuitton‘s last presentation used models that looked closer to “real women,” although this is debatable depending on your standards. Keep reading »
Always out there designer Hussein Chalayan’s spring 2011 collection in Paris included this number: a woman with a black piece of fabric over her head. A mini-burka? A solution to a bad mood/bad hair/bad makeup day? Or something more artistic? We may never know. Also, it’s available in white. [Style.com] Keep reading »
A model presents a Frank Sorbier design from his fall/winter couture collection and holds a “Bonus Track” sign. Coupled with the junk food wrapper corset, we’d say this is one of those “you had to be there” moments. [Paris, 7/7/10] Keep reading »
Maybe we were a little slow to realize this, but apparently that huge iceberg in the middle of Chanel’s runway was in fact a real iceberg. Imported from Sweden. (Seriously, where was our Chanel Paris Fashion Week invite this year? We’re missing extremely important news here, people!) We’re actually not surprised that Uncle Karl would stop at nothing to realize his snowman-chic show, but these details via New York mag are still pretty crazy: The ‘berg weighed 265 tons, needed 35 ice sculptors for a six-day carving job, and required a room temperature of a chilly 28-degrees Fahrenheit (you can bet Anna kept her fur coat on during the show). We wonder what Lagerfeld is planning next that could possibly outdo transporting a giant hunk of the tundra to Paris? [New York Mag] Keep reading »
This gigantic piece appeared atop a model’s head at Galliano’s “Ready to Wear” show, but we beg to differ. Besides, we would say the hair is wearing the model, and not the other way around. [Paris, 3/7/10] Keep reading »