The models on the Hermès runway were on safari with bold prints and comfortable silhouettes, but the beauty look was far from wild. We would go as far to say that the hair and makeup veered toward the tame. Hair was pulled back into a half-up look devoid of curls. And the highlight of the makeup was a touch of taupe eye shadow with a darker brown applied in the crease (very similar to zebra stripes, no?).
Paris Fashion Week is arguably the chicest display of street style we see all Fashion Month, and for good reason. The shows in Paris are the last time — for the season, at least — our favorite showgoers can show face and pose for street style. Luckily, we've got veteran photographer Adam Katz Sinding for Le 21ème on the ground in Paris snapping photos of the most gorgeous ladies there. Click through to see our exclusive portfolio.
It seems Christophe Lemaire has figured out a direct line to the hearts of his customers: his Spring 2014 collection for Hermès is simply an offering of beautiful clothes crafted spectacularly from the most luxurious of materials.
But what else can one expect from the house that refuses to use anything but the best of the best? As far as theme goes, this show was a very comfortable safari. Guests were greeted with trays of warm madeleines, and the backdrop consisted of dresses and coats in rain forest floral prints, trench coats in greens so dark they were almost black, and a pair of culottes that looked perfect for a stroll in a tropical clime — or at least they would have if they weren't made of crocodile skin.
At Zadig & Voltaire's second-ever runway show, creative director Cecilia Bonstrom delivered a Spring 2014 collection that — much like the hard-meets-soft DNA of a brand epitomized by Erin Wasson, a muse to founder Thierry Gillier — was both assertive and delicate. It was also, for a French label, very American. Cowboy-style belts punched with studded eagles, biker jackets with black fringe, and overstitched ranger boots in cracked leather stood out most, especially when paired with contradictory pieces like silk undershirts and lace shawls. And, of course, for a brand that has its own indie music label, the soundtrack to the runway was perfectly crafted (MS MR's "Hurricane" got showgoers swaying in their seats, for instance) to fit this lineups rock 'n' roll vibe, but with some rounded edges.
Playful beauty is the standard at Miu Miu, and the look at Miuccia Prada's Spring 2014 show was no different. Like we've seen in her past shows, Prada threw the focus onto the eyes. Pretty pastel hues were dusted gently across models' eyelids, while the rest of the eye was kept bare. Gloss on the lips and barely-there brows were the only other standouts on the makeup side, which complemented the gamine collection. As for the hair, models looked as if they stepped out of the '70s. Long, slightly bent strands glided across their shoulders (and got caught in their lip gloss) as they walked, creating an effortless look that will be easy to replicate come Spring.
Louis Vuitton's master showman has taken his last bow — and what a spectacle it was! But it shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Throughout his 16-year tenure as creative director, Marc Jacobs has marched models out of an old-style locomotive, spun them around a merry-go-round, and sent them down the runway in nurse whites, giving us many highlights to look back on long after he's gone.
You know how the saying goes, "birds of a feather flock together," and at Louis Vuitton's Spring 2014 presentation the fleet was a fashionable one. Coming down the catwalk, the models were a cross between a pride of peacocks and a gaggle of Vegas showgirls on review. Each ensemble was accompanied by a towering feathered headpiece dyed in a sleek black. And while the hair accessories were over the top, the makeup was minimal except for brows, which were emphasized with dark ebony makeup. The clothing was just as dramatic sticking to a strict all-black-everything dress code, and the manicure was a blue half-moon design using Marc Jacobs Midnight in Paris polish (available Fall 2014).
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Miuccia Prada laid the groundwork for her Spring 2014 Miu Miu collection with the inventive decor for the show, giving the audience a glimpse at the charming prints to come with wallpaper panels. The coats were a clear standout of the cheerful show, with animal motifs emblazoned the sides of swingy single breasted styles while red trim and oversize buttons gave a charming gamine quality to a long navy peacoat. But if you're more in the mood to party, there were party dresses galore from puff-ball strapless dress with incredible ruching to give volume while maintaining a sense of lightness to slinky little beaded slipdresses with enough beaded tassels and fringe to satisfy anyone's inner Daisy Buchanan (or the jam-packed front row including Prada fans Michelle Dockery and Lena Dunham). It's not often than a collection is wearable and covetable, but we're starting a fantasy fund for that cat-print coat right now.
After all the appliqués and fringe and ribbons and flowers we've seen during Paris Fashion Week, Vionnet's Spring 2014 collection was a bit of palate cleanser. Creative Director Goga Ashkenazi — who bought the brand this year — turned out a collection filled with monochromatic looks, many of them in pastels, that looked easy, fresh, and imminently wearable.