You have not lived until you’ve been to Paris in the winter – the Fashion Week of course! It may be cold and rainy, but Paris is always beautiful, and buzzing with excitement at a myriad of fashion shows, expositions and parties that even us mere mortals, the public can attend. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to brush elbows with celebrities and icons of the fashion world jet-set of the previous Fashion Weeks in New York, London and Milan.
The Fall / Winter Paris Prêt-a-Porter Fashion Week is the most prominent business events in the fashion industry, when Fall fashions are rolled out as a season preview for the largest retail home buyers who’re scrambling to place their orders for fashion , handbags, jewelry, shoes, hats and cosmetics. Unlike other large industry convention hall tradeshows, Fashion Week is orchestrated citywide at some of Paris’ most prominent attractions.
year from February 25th to March 4th, top designers and fashion design students staged fashion clutter, from the pinnacle of good taste for the surreal. Among the selected sites were Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Musée de l’Homme, le Champs-Elysee, le Tour Montparnasse, Place du Trocadéro, Théâtre du Châtelet and La Sorbonne.
Winter Paris Fashion Week 2007 took place February 26 through March 4, and features all that is there in the designer world, including long-time Parisian favorites Chanel, Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Givenchy.
Ah, the drama! Aside from the expected eccentric styles and surreal shows, more than a few eyebrows raised when animal rights protestor stormed the catwalk nude in response to apparent again this year for the use of fur as a luxury material.
London designer Stella McCartney (daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney), then made headlines for her “fur-free” show, showcasing warm alternatives to fur, with models clad in taffetas, satins, knitwear and cashmere.
Peter Dundas Emanuel Ungaro’s all ready to hit the discos with his collection designed to celebrate night clubbing. Full Furnished in much bling and leather, the models strutted and slinked down the runway.
The controversial show of the week had to be Viktor & Rolf. Dutch design partners Viktor Hors Ting and Rolf Snoeren, are renowned for elaborate, wildly-imaginative shows. This year, they found awkward contraptions that the models had to balance delicately, which were fitted with lighting and music as a kind of “personal fashion show.” The design was somewhat gothic, reminding one of the movie Van Helsing. The poor models were also required to were stylized wooden clogs, which clip clopped way they paraded carefully down the runway.
Expectedly were WWII and ancient war themes in many of the fashion collections this year, incorporating tall boots, leather, fur, fatigue green, body armor, allowing and epaulettes. Even Jean Paul Gaultier showed models wearing Scottish Tartans with stylized Mohawks, as if going into battle.
Also Fashion Week, exclusive Paris boutique Colette, celebrated its 10th anniversary by inviting 10 art curators to spotlight talent gallery-style on one of the walls. It was a fabulous way to show off it’s ultra-cool collection of music CDs, shoes, handbags, branded water and accessories. The boutique is also renown for glamorous parties, art exhibitions, dance classes, and definitely worth a visit when you are in Paris.
Speaking of accessories, Nokia decided to unveil its Nokia 7373 Special Edition phones fashion designer Giambattista Valli at Fashion Week, the “Dress-your-Nokia in Giambattista Valli-” Party. For the label-conscious, this is a must-have phone. Each one comes pre-loaded with a “behind the scenes” video for a glimpse into the life and inspiration designers, along with a selection of Valli graphics and the exclusive ring-tone, “Rhodium.”
next year is sure to hold more fun and surprises. For sure, Paris in March is the place to be!