Paris fashion week impressions

05/10/2012

Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2013
The last week of the fashion season was overwhelming in many ways. There were beautiful clothes. There was a generous amount of gossip that stained my otherwise exciting and sparkling idea of a beautiful week. And there were a couple of disappointments and a few surprises, too.

It was very difficult to pick a few favourites this time – it feels unfair not to mention certain designers in fear of running out of blog space. I am condensing it to the bare minimum of words and photos in hope to preserve the essence and memories of this special time without making you fall asleep right here, on your keyboard…

My absolute favourites (in alphabetical order) included…

Chanel Spring/Summer 2013
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…very French (or better yet, Parisian), light as air, garnished with most gorgeous floral applique and beautifully accessorised Chloe.

Chloe Spring/Summer 2013
Chloe Spring/Summer 2013
Chloe Spring/Summer 2013
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Chloe Spring/Summer 2013
… beautiful, minimalistic in a way, until you see the finishing touches of elaborate embroidery or sequins sparkling in the dark, unfolding into a fantasy, Valentino collection. The simple silhouettes and stunning details made those clothes absolutely timeless.

Valentino Spring/Summer 2013
Valentino Spring/Summer 2013
Valentino Spring/Summer 2013
Valentino Spring/Summer 2013
Valentino Spring/Summer 2013
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Valentino Spring/Summer 2013
…Vanessa Bruno for its Parisian feel, colours, carefree attitude, mix of floating silks with structured leather jackets and wish-list worthy footwear.

Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2013
Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2013
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And talking of the ultimate spoilers…

First of all, Christian Dior show. I was looking forward to it. I was very excited and my heart wanted to be in love (and so did my mind, if I am honest). I didn’t get the collection. It confused me. It made me think of the previous Haute Couture show, table cloth, badly fitted footwear and, ironically, the smoking jacket (yes, the Yves Saint Laurent smoking jacket).

I know Raf is a lovely man and I know everyone loves him. I totally understand the enthusiasm that comes with the new era of Christian Dior. I just don’t like the clothes.

The second bad memory formed after John Galliano show designed by Bill Gaytten. It was sad, bizzare and messy, although the music was good. It felt like a funeral. I am trying really hard to brush off the feeling, but so far failing miserably.

And then there was also Yves Saint Lauren by Hedi Slimane. Or should I refer to it as Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane? Or Saint Laurent? Apparently there is a huge difference now and one is supposed to use a certain names when referring to specific topics.

Saint Laurent Spring/Sumemr 2013
Saint Laurent Spring/Sumemr 2013
Saint Laurent Spring/Sumemr 2013
Saint Laurent Spring/Sumemr 2013
Saint Laurent Spring/Sumemr 2013
Saint Laurent Spring/Sumemr 2013
Saint Laurent Spring/Sumemr 2013
The collection itself was wonderful, fantastic, in fact, because it made me think of Yves and his aesthetics and signature pieces (the smoking, the blouse and bows, pea jacket, jumpsuit and Saharienne). It made me think of all things bohemian. It reminded me of the Opium years (as a perfume, not the other thing). I loved the jewellery and the shoes – I imagine those statement pendant necklaces being used a lot in editorials comes spring and becoming another must-have item.

What I didn’t like was the gossip that followed. All that open letter nonsense. It became too personal and too bitter. It spoilt the overall impression.

And that is it. The Paris Fashion Week. It’s over now and so is my post. Thank you for reading.

Photo source: Chanel Spring/Summer 2013, Chloe Spring/Summer 2013, Valentino Spring/Summer 2013, Vanessa Bruno Spring/Summer 2013, Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2013 via style.com & stylebistro.com

8 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful summary, dear Little Rus.I love the new YSL vibe even if there were a lot of gossips around it. I also liked Valentino and Ellie Saab dresses, Chloe's details, but Chanel did not catch me this time. I think I did not like the shoes and so...I could not see this Chanel collection as the other ones, when the heart stopped beating and could not take my eyes from the outfits. Dior was not what Dior, very clear for me! It is a huge change...unfortunately. Have a lovely weekend :*

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    1. I just love reading what other people thought of the collections! It makes the whole blogging idea a lot more interesting.
      Have a beautiful weekend!
      xxx

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  2. That was quite a dose of style.

    Honestly, I had to take a little step back from the Paris Fashion Week. Suddenly, it just became too much and I didn't have the time to keep up, so I decided to hit the break and just take it in more slowly. I haven't even viewed the Dior show in full so I haven't formed an opinion of it yet.

    It seems like Cathy Horyn is receiving a lot of open letters these days, haha. It all feels so naive. Banning a critic to attend a fashion show? What is that all about? I thought the people in this industry had developed a thicker skin than that.

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    1. Sorry for the overdose :) At least now you will have a few days to recover as I won't be posting anything over weekend (or so I think at the moment). I didn't get a chance to see many live streams - just Vuitton (and Marc was on time which was wonderful). The rest I just browsed on my ipad at night, last thing before falling asleep (pathetic, I know...) - style.com app is very useful for that and you can see the clothes much better compated to browsing them on a pc (unless, of course, you start magnifying or getting into the details part). Oh, and it takes a lot less time, too. :)

      Will be very interesting to see what you think of Dior - please do mention when you see the show.

      Oh, the banning thing happened before, many years ago, but I'd need to check and see who wasn't allowed to attend and what show it was (it definitely was one fo the big names...) It's a shame that instead of just enjoying fashion, people get into gossiping...

      xxx

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  3. I see that you are going feminine for spring (aside from Saint Laurent!). The more I read reviews this fashion week, the more I realise that it is all about personal taste in the end. I actually loved Dior and I love where the clothes are going (I have put Galliano's work for the house out of my head...), but yes- the shoes need to work better!.

    I was actually confused by Saint Laurent (for a second I actually forgot I was looking at a spring collection...). But looking at it a second (and a third time), I loved the hats and most pieces. I am still undecided about how I feel overall though...

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    1. You are absolutely right - fashion is a very personal thing and it makes it very interesting. The reason why I didn't like Dior was because it didn't feel or look like Dior at all... I mean there was nothing that said Dior in those... Apart from the Bar jacket (yet again... ) that I am getting a bit bored of after seeing it in every collection he makes. For me, it didn't have anything to do with Galliano any more - after all, he did a magnificient job that will never be forgotten, but it's a chapter of his life and our fashion memories - they were made and now closed. Can't do much about it. I personally feel that Simmons was chosen by Dior bosses to fill the spot - so far he's been havily promoted in every magazine and all over the web, but he isn't that good as a Dior designer. Jacobs would have done a much better job...
      The YSL collection was like a memory that came alive, especially because I did an YSL week and sort of inhaled his spirit. It was wonderful to see so many signature designs and I am interested to see where it will go next time... Hopefully, not modernised Mondrian dress etc. ;)
      And yes, I am loving all the feminine designs... The Cacharel and Vanessa Bruno were my absolute favourites - those I'd wear all the time. If I could pick something else, Chloe would be added immediately.

      The rest just spoke to me, made me feel happy while watching... :)

      Really looking forward to seeing your thoughts if you choose to blog about Paris. I loved the Chanel illustration very much!

      xxx

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  4. Among my favourites, besides the ones I blogged about, are also some Cacharel pieces (loved the long dress you included in your selection), the Elie Saab brown dress and quite a few Valentino looks, but I decided to stick to less. I was curious what you thought about Dior. I was so confused (yes, I use the same word as you did, because that describes best my feeling) when I saw the collection, not because I didn't know if I liked or not, because I didn't, but because I am very confused about what Raf Simons is trying to do. It is clear that he still doesn't do his own thing, I'm hoping it's just a phase, but truth be told, I had expected much more from this collection than from the haute couture one. And I was so much more disappointed now than then.

    The Saint Laurent collection is already starting to grow on me, I liked the whole idea, but maybe I'll write about it some other time. xo

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  5. This was the first post I read this morning and somehow I got distracted and didn't leave a comment, but Natalia, you outdid yourself on the coverage! I love how you take it all in and have passionate opinions--wishing more people did this instead of blindly follow whatever is trendy to like at the moment. I have much catching up to do since work took me away from all the fashion week frivolity this week. Have to say YSL or whatever it's called now really blew me away--was not expecting this and it seems like it's positioned for mega commercial success. Now the reason why they've let him relocate to LA etc etc etc is starting to make sense, as this is a dream california wardrobe.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend!
    xo Mary Jo

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