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).
The last hurrah of Fashion Month, Paris Fashion Week, is wrapping up. And celebrities and fashion personalities have been stepping out in droves for the chic ready-to-wear shows, including Balenciaga, Chanel, and Lanvin. Keep up with who's been sitting pretty in the front row when you keep clicking.
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.
When previewing Jerome Dreyfuss's Spring 2014 collection at his Paris showroom, it was clear the motivation for his work. "I'm always asking women, 'What are your needs?'" Dreyfuss told us. "It's always the idea of giving you the possibility to have different looks the same day, with the same pieces." That practicality he infuses into the designs of his textured handbags (who doesn't love the attached flashlight and outer zipper pocket on every piece?) is now finding a home in shoes. With this line, he has finally gone full-force into footwear and created eight styles of heels, wedges, boots, and flats. It wasn't too large a leap for the designer, as the details he's been known for — hardware, double rivets, piping — persist. This season, hectagons can be found perforated on boots and printed on calf-hair satchels. And although he was hard-pressed to admit it, he's also lined up an alternative to evening with his gold-rivet Bobbi bag. See, he's even more versatile than he thinks. Click through to see each style from his collection.
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.
Making their first official appearances together since little North West was born, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been popping up all over the City of Light for Paris Fashion Week, and the couple are definitely in their zone. Since arriving on Saturday, they've been spotted walking hand in hand for a shopping trip, sitting front row at the Givenchy show, and snapping pictures with Carine Roitfeld before posing with an issue of her CR Fashion Book with Kim's face on the cover. Although they spent most of the weekend together, Kanye watched the Céline show solo and Kim stepped out on her own to shop and meet friends for lunch. Kim was reportedly sad to leave little Nori at home, as it's her first time away from the pair's daughter. There or not, though, baby North still has plenty of goods from Paris Fashion Week, as Kim posted pictures of designer gifts for her little one, including dresses and outfits from designer pals like Alexander Wang and Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci.
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.