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Paris Fashion Week Preview

by Hollie Moat


Nine days of non-stop style, Paris is the last city to host Fashion Week and it’s sure, as always, to be quite the fairy-tale ending. Here are nine reasons we’re even more excited than usual…

Marion Cotillard in a look from Raf Simons' first Dior couture show

Raf’s Ready to Wear debut – Since being unveiled as the much-anticipated successor to John Galliano at Christian Dior, Raf Simons has put out a couture collection that knocked it out of the ball park, referencing the iconic French fashion house’s elegant roots and mixing in some progressive patterns and colours. The Belgian received rave reviews for his efforts, but the couture schedule is less crowded and expectations less intense – will he be able to repeat this adoring response with his first prêt a porter collection? We’d put good money on the answer being yes…

Balmain A/W 12

New directions
– Since taking over from Christophe Decarnin, Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing has stayed true to the blueprint left by his predecessor – glamorous, military inspired body-hugging separates. His designs, however, have showed flashes of a previously unseen romanticism, is this the season he lets his creative side run wild?

Omar Sy in the hit French film Untouchable

Mad about the boy – This past year French girls, the likes of Clémence Poésy, Léa Seydoux and Josephine de la Baume have been everywhere, as fashion and the media celebrated French girls and their inimitable style. Whilst we’re sure they will remain front row fixtures this season, we’re also wondering whether the French boys will be following suite, after all, the buzz surrounding smash hit French film Untouchable has rocketed its handsome star Omar Sy into the spotlight.

The Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs exhibition at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris

Back to reality – These past six months or so have been really something for Marc Jacobs. His last RTW show for Louis Vuitton back in February was worthy of a Hollywood production and featured nothing less than a giant replica steam train, and was followed by a huge Parisian exhibition dedicated to himself and the man who first started the luxury label (Louis Vuitton obviously). Will Jacobs now push for something even more theatrical and spectacular, or make a conscious effort to strip it all back?

Cédric Charlier A/W 12

New Kid On the Block – Well, not quite, but ex-Cacharel designer Cédric Charlier is still establishing himself in his own eponymous label. Last season’s sleek pieces won our hearts so we can’t wait to see what our new fashion favourite has come up with this time!

New French first lady Valérie Trierweiler

First Lady- In May France elected a new president in François Hollande, replacing Nicholas Sarkozy and his super-stylish wife Carla who was famous for her fashion credentials long before they wed. Hollande’s significant other is journalist Valérie Trierweiler – will she embrace the French fashion scene or leave that relationship firmly in the past we wonder…

The new Opening Ceremony store in London's Covent Garden

Plate spinning – Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have had a lot going on of late, what with Opening Ceremony’s massive Summer – parties, Olympics, collaborations, a new store in London. They are also the creative directors at Kenzo. Anyone could forgive them for letting the Parisian Japanese label fall to the back of their minds a little, but will two of the hardest working people in the industry ever let that come across in this latest collection. Probably not, but let’s keep an eye out anyway!

The soon to be unveiled 'Saint Laurent Paris'

New era – Hedi Slimane’s much discussed revamp of the Saint Laurent label will be on full display with his S/S 13 show for the label. We can’t wait to see what he’s done.

Valentino – The iconic designer is the subject of a huge exhibit this November at London’s Somerset House, Valentino: Master of Couture, so the lover of glamour and friend to the stars is likely to be more prominent than ever. Which puts a lot of pressure on Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli , the duo currently entrusted to his brand, to do him justice this season.
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