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!
There is always regality at Valentino, but Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli's Spring 2014 collection for the house added doses of myth and lots of visual appeal to their queenly clothing.
The show notes said this collection was inspired by "imaginary ethnic groups" — but that didn't stop some editors from seeing Game of Thrones in these clothes, many of which featured bright bursts of color on dark backgrounds. A long-sleeved black dress featured blue and pink diamond shapes, and a black-and-beige striped coat had a long tail that brought point blankets to mind. Many of the pieces — like the technicolor dream cape Malaika Firth wore to open the show — featured fringe, which gave both garments and handbags a lively sense of movement as they came down the runway.
Long sleeves and conservative shapes dominated here. Perhaps that's why a short-sleeved blue shirt with sheer shoulders paired with wide-legged trousers looked so modern.
Artistry is always the name of the game at Chanel, as we've seen in collections past, and that was no different for Karl Lagerfeld's Spring 2014 show. To match the high-on-color collection, models were outfitted with insanely graphic eye-makeup looks. Pinks, blues, yellows, and greens were painted around the eyes, looking as if the artists had simply flicked their wrists to apply the pigment,and then lined haphazardly in black. The color and painterly lines even extended up and beyond the brows, drawing attention to the A-line wigs with choppy bangs each model was sporting. Inky black polish balanced out the overtly artistic hair and makeup, making for a whole lot of look coming down the Chanel runway.
Karl Lagerfeld proved himself as the ultimate showman today, turning the Grand Palais into a Chanel modern art gallery for the Spring 2014 show. Models glided past paintings and sculptures referencing the house's iconic logo, tweeds, and fragrances to the thumping beat of Jay Z's "Picasso, Baby." New motifs of the season focused on wearing two bags at once, including the graffiti-emblazoned tote and embellished backpack. And if you love bright color, you're in luck with almost neon shades turning up in ruffled dresses and even a crop top. And while the front row glittered with stars like Katy Perry and Rita Ora, the runway was just as star-filled with models including Alexa Chung, Miranda Kerr and Cara Delevingne. A masterpiece indeed!
Kim Kardashian made the sidewalk her runway when she stepped out in Paris today wearing a beige ensemble. While roaming the streets, Kim ran into André Leon Talley, the former editor at large for Vogue. Later in the evening, Kim did an outfit change, while still sporting a "Nori" necklace, before heading out to dinner in the French capital arm in arm with Kanye.
On Sunday, Kim was joined by Kanye West when they attended the Givenchy show together after the rapper attended the Céline show solo earlier in the afternoon. Kim wore a black dress with a sheer top while Kanye sported a black overcoat and studded shoes. The pair is among several celebrities at Paris Fashion Week, and the couple stayed close when they first arrived on Saturday, with Kanye keeping his arm around Kim as they held hands.
Last week, Kim and Kanye enjoyed a double date with Tyga and Blac Chyna at Hakkasan in Beverly Hills, and it was their first public date since their daughter, North West, was born in June. Kim was reportedly sad to leave Nori behind while the couple headed to Paris, as it's her first time away from the baby. It's unclear whether she and her daughter will join Kanye when he kicks off his tour in October.
The pair's trip to Paris comes right on the heels of Kanye's Twitter feud with Jimmy Kimmel, which started on Wednesday night when the rapper tweeted an all-caps rant against the talk show host for spoofing his recent BBC Radio 1 interview. Kanye said that Jimmy was "out of line," adding that "Sarah Silverman is a thousand times funnier." Jimmy addressed the situation on his show that night, saying that Kanye called him and told him that he had to publicly apologize or he would ruin his life. Some are still wondering whether the Twitter rant was real or a prank, but Jimmy said it's not a prank, unless it's being played on him.
Keep reading for pictures of Kim and Kanye in Paris.