Paris fashion week
Céline SS11October 4, 2010
Phoebe Philo created a collection for Céline that was arguably more wearable than most designers during Paris fashion week. This was no small feat considering the complexity of some of the pieces that comprised the collection. She played with geometric shapes and the feminine form creating a silhouette that was both rigid in construction and easily adaptable for ready to wear. Perhaps that’s the genius behind Philo’s collection for Céline, example, a handwoven coat that was at one time the standard in French fashion but today is a rarity because of how intricately it was sewn together. Her collection was minimalist, modern and urban all in one.Karen Ehrenström
Roberto Cavalli’s 40th Anniversary Bash already THE party of Paris Fashion WeekOctober 1, 2010
Paris Fashion Week may just be getting underway but Roberto Cavalli has already thrown the biggest fete. After all, when Kylie Minogue sings happy birthday to your empire and Heidi Klum helps cut the cake, you know this party will be hard to top. Dancers from the Crazy Horse cabaret performed for guests including Janet Jackson and billionaire boyfriend Wissam Al Mana, Tyra Banks, Bianca Jagger, Leona Lewis, Aishwarya Rai and Rachel Bilson. It also seems like every model ever showed up to celebrate the designer, as you can see below.
[Source]Andrea Kiliany Thatcher
Rue du Mail SS11September 30, 2010
Imagine silk layers and tulle mixed with a vibrant mashing of colors, dresses and coats that give a visage of fur only much lighter and with a flow all its own. Would that interest you? If you said yes, then you’re officially a fan of Martine Sitbon’s experiment via Rue du Mail for the Spring/Summer 2011 season. This wasn’t just an arbitrary offering of light fabrics mixed with Spring colors. Sitbon seemed deliberate in putting together a collection that flowed extremely well both in pacing and in execution. Part of the Rue du Mail collection consisted of a handful of chic prints and patterns that never repeated from piece to piece. Tedium never played a role in the display and while there were strong colors like black, red and white it wasn’t overpowering because it was placed under a sheer top or dress that made it sleek and sexy. This was another uncommonly wearable collection during Paris Fashion week that is leaving me to wonder if there is a movement going on in the RTW industry in Paris.Karen Ehrenström
Anne Valérie Hash SS11September 30, 2010
Anne Valérie Hash works as if she were a fashion scientist. Constantly experimenting with color, structure and flow, Hash’s collections have evolved going back from 2005 and continuing on today. This season, Anne Valérie Hash worked a collection on the Paris runway that seemed to echo colors from a high end makeup kit. Using a palette that consisted of pale beige hues, grays and a golden yellow, Hash managed to give Spring a feminine and entirely wearable look. Paris is normally known for its convention challenging runway collections (read: not entirely wearable). Anne Valérie Hash went an entirely different way creating jackets that had sleeved scrunched up to the elbows, exposed seams and cropped right above the waist to give a light look. Hash’s use of fabrics included going with washed leather for a slightly aged look, cotton jersey (again for wearability) and georgette. I was a latecomer fan of Anne Valérie Hash (2008 Fall collection), but after this collection, I am a true-believer.Esther McCabe
Pierre Cardin Wants Licensees to Follow his LeadSeptember 29, 2010
Pierre Cardin dished a mouthful to WWD stating among other things that his licensees are producing also-ran designs and his mens collection leaves much to be desired. We’re paraphrasing here, but the legendary designer talked shop on a variety of things including Lady Gaga, his approach to design in the 60s, the state of his licensees and a smattering of other topics. The designer also let slip that he would be holding a show in New York to reintroduce his name to younger generations. The 88 year old Cardin was a major force in the 60s and 70s with his futuristic collection and sharp lines. He’s also known as a licensing genius placing his Pierre Cardin name on everything from suits, ties to Pierre Cardin sardines. With over 800 Pierre Cardin licenses around the globe, his name is synonymous with all things high end fashion.
Cardin (or rather his licensees) showed his Spring/Summer 2011 collection for the first time in 10 years this week during Paris fashion week. Reviews for Paris Fashion week can currently be found on our sister site Papierblog.
(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)Karen Ehrenström
Ethical Fashion Hits ParisSeptember 27, 2010
Before excess, pomp, circumstance et al hit Paris for the grandaddy of all fashion weeks something different took place yesterday. The ethical fashion world went on display with the largest assortment of eco-designers and sustainable fashion under one roof. This smattering of top fashion designers with Mother Earth in mind hit with organic cotton and silk fabrics under the Docks en Seine roof at the French fashion institute. Some of the designers on display at this event include La Queue de Chat, Diffus (from Denmark), and Terra Plana (England) that had on display recycled leather shoes.
The Ethical Fashion Show is in its seventh year in Paris and looks to continue ever stronger. For more information visit the Ethical fashion show website at here.Karen Ehrenström
Rick Owens Says No to Lenny Kravitz and Just about Everyone ElseSeptember 30, 2008
Rick Owens had laid the gauntlet down. No one could get into his show during Paris fashion week. The numbers just did not add up. There was no room. So when Lenny Kravitz sauntered by thinking that because he’s, well, Lenny Kravitz, the celebrity was unceremoniously told in no uncertain terms that he could not get into Owen’s fashion show. As a matter of fact, most people couldn’t get into Owen’s show. Vogue’s Style File blog alluded to as much when they stated that only headmistress of Paris Vogue, Carine Roitfeld was provided entry. Eventually Kravitz did make his way in, but not without a certain amount of acrimony and tension and chicanery (he snuck in).
If government’s want to learn how to stop terrorists, they should talk to designer’s about security.Karen Ehrenström
In Paris – Jean Paul Gaultier – Couture Fashion Week A/W2008July 3, 2008
While we’re gearing up to go for Berlin Fashion Week photos coming out of Couture Fashion Week in Paris needed to be shared with the rest of the international fashion loving crowd here at iPapier. So here’s a bit of Jean Paul Gaultier in his presentation entitled Positively Encaging (see the last photo to understand why):
Garth Pugh Says Oui to ParisJune 27, 2008
Gareth Pugh, man of many hats and even many more designs has decided to take his show on the road and show in Paris as opposed to London for next season’s fashion week. When asked why, he replied that he simply couldn’t find a good croissant in London. We joke. In all seriousness, Pugh’s decision to go to Paris is tied to the fact that he recently won the ANDAM award which means that he is way more important than he was a year ago. that being the case, Pugh is now better able to compete with his Parisian counterparts. Pugh joins John Galliano, Hussein Chalayan and Alexander McQueen in ditching the gray skies of London for the city of lights.Karen Ehrenström