News broke minutes after the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 show that Marc Jacobs was exiting the brand after a 16-year tenure as creative director. And it was an elegiac swan song, dedicated to the women who inspire him and "the showgirl in every one of them," done solely in black with the occasional piece of denim. The first model hit the runway in a sheer body stocking bound in chains as the rest of the models paraded up caged elevators and down escalators to walk around a slowly moving carousel. The clothes were heavy with embellishment, shimmering like the marble buildings along the Seine as Marc bid adieu to the city that he's called home for so many years. While Jacobs's next steps are still unclear, he leaves the house on a dramatic high note and quite literally a standing ovation from the assembled fashion crowd.
Jean Touitou gathered small groups of editors in A.P.C.'s Left Bank headquarters to walk them through the Spring 2014 collection. With a piano player quietly turning out original renditions of hip-hop tunes in the background, models came out in styles that proved Touitou's statement that "fashion is proportion." Chambray dresses, including a rope-belted version from the Vanessa Seward-designed capsule, were perfect for Summer, while the array of jumpsuits were the epitome of French cool, especially when paired with a flat sandal created for the brand by monks. The section aimed at cocktail ("not night-night, but not day-day") were perfectly insouciant, while saddlebag purses in vegetable-tanned leather were their natural mates. As for Touitou's assertion that women dress up to look good for other women, we tend to believe that we'd garner plenty of compliments in these pieces from both genders (but we'd be shocked if our girlfriends didn't covet those shirtdresses).
Last season, the Alexander McQueen runway pulled inspiration from royalty, and this year, it was all about the strong warrior women (think Xena). The models marched onto the runway with silver and gold helmets covering their hair. However, there was evidence of black spray paint around the hairline peeking out of the rim. As far as makeup goes, any real-life warrior knows there is no time for extravagant beauty looks. So, the McQueen troupe wore bleached brows and spare cosmetics. From head to toe, these ladies were ready for war.
With New York, London, and Milan Fashion Weeks under our (beautifully embellished) belt, we moved on to Paris Fashion Week — and we've been taking our favorite sartorial followers (that's you) along for every stylish step of the journey. From the tents and the runways to the most anticipated parties, we're dedicated to supplying you with all, and we mean all, things Paris Fashion Week. Get your daily dose of fierce fashions, bountiful beauty trends, and star-studded front row style sets in real time by following our coverage on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. We can't wait to see you there!
Stars popped up both in the front row and on the runway at the Chanel Spring 2014 show during Paris Fashion Week today. Katy Perry got decked out in a black-and-white Chanel ensemble to work her stuff in front of specially created art pieces that were designed for the presentation. She was joined in the front row by Rita Ora, who got to watch her best friend Cara Delevingne strut her stuff on the catwalk in a rainbow number, and Vanessa Paradis. Meanwhile, the show itself was full of surprising runway returns for famous models. Alexa Chung, who used to model before she became a TV host, strutted her stuff down the stage, and Miranda Kerr, who made her Paris Fashion Week 2013 debut yesterday at Stella McCartney, also took over stomping duty alongside Fashion Week regular Cara. One supermodel who didn't work her stuff for designer Karl Lagerfeld was Kate Upton, who took time off from her model duties by sitting in the front row next to Vogue's Grace Coddington.
Destination: Africa. Sarah Burton set the scene for guests arriving to the Spring 2014 Alexander McQueen show with a geometric runway and rustic wooden folding chairs that lined the halls of Paris's Garde Républicaine.
The clothing completed the journey. Infusing familiar silhouettes with an unexpected motif, Burton's warriors marched the basketweave sandbox in a global array of graphic red and black prints, patchwork separates, snakeskin heels, horsehair skirts, and hammered gold accents that included helmets, chokers, and stacked armbands.
Those accessories in particular would make stepping into war — be it in a feather-plumed gown or woven leggings — a battle won.
For Spring 2014, the Valentino runway was filled with complex patterns and an ethnic motif. The beauty look consisted of hair parted down the middle and pulled back into a low ponytail covering the ears. Each model wore a brown leather headband with golden studs that pulled from jewelry in the collection.
Makeup, which included a touch of pink eye shadow and matching lip balm, was simple so as not to detract from the vibrant clothing. We definitely count this as one of Valentino's simpler looks compared to the beauty on runways past. The best thing about this entire look? It's not season-specific, so feel free to wear it right now.
Can you imagine a time before shopping? Hard as it is, up until the early 19th century, a person couldn't see or touch merchandise before purchasing it, and instead of fixed prices, the cost of an item was based on the client's appearance.
We can thank the shopping gods for Aristide Boucicaut, who in 1852 invented the retail experience as we know it, when he founded Le Bon Marché, the first department store in France. His modern vision of merchandising also allowed people, for the first time, to enter his store with no obligation to buy, and he instituted the ability to make a return!
Now, Le Bon Marché, which translates to "The Good Market," is one of the most well-known luxury department stores, and it carries every major designer label in a building that spans a full city block.
So, when we came to Paris for Fashion Week, we made a point to pay the revolutionary space a visit, marvel at the interior design engineered by Gustave Eiffel, and discover for ourselves what makes this space so unique.
Now, let's shop!