Kate Moss made a literally smoking return to the runway this morning in Paris at the Louis Vuitton show during Fall Fashion Week — see a video of her stint sporting Marc Jacobs's designs. She was joined on the runway by her supermodel pal Naomi Campbell, while the front row was full of supporters like Kate's fiancé, Jamie Hince, and Spider-Man star Emma Stone. Kate got an early start on the stylish fun by attending the afterparty for Givenchy on Sunday and shopping around the city yesterday. She typically attends Dior's shows while in town, but John Galliano's firing has changed that habit. There are regular rumors about who will be his successor, though, with the latest rumor targeting Riccardo Tisci.
Kate Moss, who long ago left the runway for more lucrative ad campaigns and edgy editorials, made a big return when she closed the Louis Vuitton show in Paris. This is Kate Moss, so you should expect some dose of provocation, and the Brit beauty offered it in the form of a lit cigarette, which she smoked as she strode the catwalk in tap pants, a fur and leather jacket, and knee-high strappy boots. When you are one of the world's top supermodels, smoking on the runway seems like good fun. But in light of her troubles in the past, do you think Kate's act is in bad taste?
Save for a brilliant flash of lavender and baby blue, Alexander McQueen went black and white, allowing for some gray area. The show was anything but stark; making up for lack of color was a collection filled with incredible texture and structure, causing one to wonder, "How'd they do that?!" The sharp, couture-level tailoring could be seen in fitted wool jackets trimmed in fur, always color on color so that Freja Beha Erichsen looked like a rare white bird in her white coat with white fur. If the white pieces, particularly the stunning evening gowns that finished the show, seemed pure as snow, the black outfits explored a darker, sexier existence. There was leather harnessing and extensive lacing showing skin, but also suggesting one fierce warrior underneath. Another triumphant showing from Sarah Burton, who was thrust into the head designer role after McQueen's death.
- Trends: Body-conscious, medieval, warrior, fur.
- Colors: White, black, gray, lavender, and baby blue.
- Key Looks: The white evening gowns were awe-inspiring.
- Accessories: Lace-up platform booties and boots were killer.
- Who Would Wear It: Dramatic, romantic women who occasionally indulge their dark side.
Marc Jacobs goes all out with a theme, and this season was no exception. Louis Vuitton opened the final day of Paris Fashion Week with a fetish-inspired collection as the models stepped out of three elevators onto the catwalk. Kate Moss made a rare catwalk appearance as she closed the show in a rubberised lace jacket, joining an impressive lineup that included Amber Valletta, Carolyn Murphy, and Naomi Campbell. The collection involved statement outerwear with beautiful dropped shoulder coats along with cashmere sweaters, Peter Pan collars, and sheer skirts. Front-row guests included Emma Stone and Natalia Vodianova. The sexual theme of the collection was confirmed with stockings and handcuff accessories.
- Trends: Statement outerwear, fetish, round shoulders, Peter Pan collars.
- Colours: Black, white, red, and blue.
- Key Looks: Rubber lace jacket with fuzzy mongolian sleeves and barely there shorts.
- Accessories: Clutch bags attached to chunky cuffs, large embossed bags, police hats, and platform boots.
- Who Would Wear It: Strong, powerful women.
Katy Perry and Kanye West greeted each other yesterday at the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac runway show during Paris Fashion Week. Katy donned an electric blue wig for the presentation, where she and Kanye shared a hug before taking their seats in the front row. Kanye also attended Givenchy on Sunday, where he and Liv Tyler wore matching outfits. Those are just some of the celebrities who have traveled to the City of Lights for the stylish festivities. Jennifer Hudson and Zoe Saldana toasted Michael Kors at a party there earlier this week, and Blake Lively's new position as a Chanel spokesmodel was celebrated at a private dinner on Saturday night. Russell Brand didn't join his wife for her trip, but the pair spent some time together in LA last week before she headed to Europe and she was on his mind when he hit the red carpet in NYC on Monday.
For Fall 2011, designing duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccoli conjured up a romantic collection overflowing with soft and feminine looks. The two remixed iconic lace dresses and made them sheer, some designed with perfect knife-pleats, while other gowns integrated lace with a chevron detailing. For daywear, '70s-inspired trousers were paired with sheer tops and decadent coats, and chic knit tops were paired with melton wool skirts evoking a classic ladylike appeal. Meanwhile, standout leather coats, dipped in dark teal and chocolate brown, added just the right amount of contrast to the soft and pretty collection.
At Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's Paris show, models wore retro-red lipstick and dark, obviously-drawn-in, highly-arched brows. And to finish off the look, a few even wore eccentric fascinators featuring some rather fierce black and white imagery. Seeing that it's Mardi Gras, afterall, I can't think of a more perfect day to showcase such a quirky concept. See more pictures of Castelbajac's wildly wacky headpiece creations now.