Faking Fashion; Paris Fashion Week
Because with fashion shows on live stream, nowfashion.com, twitter and instagram
It’s basically the same as being there. Do people really even watch fashion shows any more, or just take pictures of them and put them on the internet? Not that I mind!
nowfashion.com I salute you.
on on with it…
Paris Fashion Week Day 1
#PFW Totally in Paris
After a long week of not actually being in Milan I’ve now got Paris to deal with, what a stress!
Here’s my breakdown on what I [virtually] saw on this first day of Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2013.
Photos above are in chronological order - starting with Veronique Branquinho, onto Cedric Charlier, then Anthony Vaccarello. A nice little trio for a first day [not] in Paris.
Day one didn’t look too intimidating with a nice afternoon start at Veronique Branquinho, her first collection in three years. Comeback show for the designer, I love a good comeback, so was interested to see what she had for us to feast our fashion eyes on. Codie Young opened the show in a nude pillar of a dress, drawing even more attention to her perfect shade of not-quite Orange but definitely Red hair, which I am totally jealous of. A collection of mostly neutrals and then at the end some strong striped, modish cruise-y looks that were very Parisian and chic. That’s Paris for you! A smart gold jacket and bracelets worn high up on the arms, even under sheer blouses were highlights. And weird earring cuff-things that were kind of confusing but also kind of really cool.
Notable tweets from the show;
@wparisopera helped out with people watching “Spotted: Antwerp menswear designer Walter Van Bierendonck at the Veronique Branquinho show. Innerestin! #MADEfw #PFW”
@womensweardaily broke it down with a bit of color theory “For her first collection in three years, Veronique Branquinho stuck to a neutral palette of nude, black and white: wwd.us/UQWPIr #PFW”
& @MilkStudios gave us this useful quote and, if you like, hashtag #queenofpleatedskirts “Milk Made - Designer Veronique Branquinho, AKA “the queen of pleated skirts”, joins MILK & MADE for #MADEfw at #PFW “
in summation @videofashion called the look “cool and confident” definetley apropos.
Unfortunately no tweets about the strange ear cuffs. Someone will have to explain those later.
Insta-vision from the show thanks to the following; [photos left to right]
@amagcuratedby gave us a view of some of the striped looks ‘Nautical silhouettes with a vintage cruise attitude at #veroniquebranquinho SS13 #pfw’
got a closer look at Codie Young taking backstage beauty shots thanks to @lucilliachenel #model#codieyoung#veroniquebranquinho#backstage#parisfw
and a make-up artist’s point of view courtesy of @xoreds ‘making polish’ #veroniquebrandquinho #paris
Then off to Cedric Charlier. First thought about this show, painted on legwarmers! Legwarmer-ish things painted onto each girl, very chic. While perhaps not practical when attempting to warm your legs, definitely a good look - at least for the show. Continuing with the whole painted on thing the makeup was all sorts of brush-stroked. Artisanal-tribal. The show started off with some strong white looks. Completely want the statement white jackets with all the zips and a kind of mesh laser-cut slash argyle white jumper type thing from the beginning. Brush-strokes re-manifested themselves in a neat print. Show really showed off Charlier’s design chops- expert tailoring in the more structured pieces and draping in the dresses. A wispy black knee length dress with some sheer going on was a favorite; perhaps the perfect chic Parisian cocktail dress. French-swedish model Sigrid Agren opened and closed the show, a seasoned veteran on the runway - ooh la la, it really is Paris!
Some notable tweets;
@ElisaNalin of Grazia Italia called the collection ‘New Ethnic’ and started a #paintedlegs hashtag.
Chic online shop @lagarconne said of the collection “Cedric goes #tribal and we’re loving every minute of it #CedricCharlier #ParisFashionWeek #SS13”
I loved every minute of it too! Virtually!
& the instagram view [images left to right]
@stylesight gave us a shot of a model in this manic makeup off-duty ‘You know it’s Paris fashion week when you see models made up like this on the streets #pfw #cedriccharlier’
a look at the golden invite thanks to @ellebelgiquefw
& @amagcuratedby curated a runway shot ‘Silk blouses and palazzo pants and viscose crepes are incredibly fluid at #cedriccharlier #pfw @RMOComms’
Next, on to Anthony Vaccarello. A relatively new designer, but for this collection he really pulled out all the stops, was looking forward to this show all day. Anja Rubik opened, [talk about a veteran!] and the rest of his cast of characters was populated by major names along the lines Arizona Muse, Cara Delevingne, and Karlie Kloss. The designer is know for his sexy silhouettes and definitely lived up to his name, however the closing look [on Anja] did not reveal as much hipbone as the gown by the designer she wore to the Met Ball. The collection still had enough va-va-voom to go around but standout pieces were the more reserved looks, button up shirts with metallic hardware, strong jackets and pants. Ok, there were also a bunch of really slinky wonderful dresses that were perfectly draped and meticulously tailored, the amazing structure was actually to die for but the pants and jackets were quite nice! Models had a certain swagger in their step and played with their perfectly unkempt hair on the runway. Cara Delevingne was giving some serious attitude as per usual. Instagram was a-buzz pre show with news that Estee Lauder face Arizona Muse was making her SS 13 runway debut, Style.com and Elle France were the first to insta-report, and agency Next Models showed her some insta-love as well.
The twitter-verse showed support for the strong show;
@stylehaus called the collection “Sexy-cool”
@EricWilsonNYT Spoke on the subject of Anja Rubik’s sexiness “Anja Rubik in the opening look of Anthony Vaccarello. Now I know why the French call a tux “le smoking.” She is.”
Theophilus London also squeezed a word in edgewise r.e. Anja with a tweet and instagram “@TheophilusL: Anja Rubik at the Anthony Vaccarello Paris show. #wifey”
this ‘#wifey’ hash-tag is kind of important #LOVE
Instagram peanut gallery [photos left to right]– major #thanks to all who were actually in Paris for sharing your photos.
@montaignemarket provided a finale shot ‘Anthony Vaccarello Fashion Show amazing #montaignemarket #montaignemarketstore #anthonyvaccarello #fashionshow’
@mimirabbat took a backstage snap of french model Constance Jablonski ‘The look - Constance J #anthonyvaccarello #PFW’
& @nogravityleft snapped Cara mid-swagger ‘The absolutely gorgeous @caradelevingne strutting down the catwalk @Anthony_vaccarello earlier. #PFW #Fashion #AnthonyVaccarello’
As that show ended and the fashion-flock saw their schedules were empty for the evening, they likely retreated to their rented Parisian apartments or hotels to relax before the busy day ahead tomorrow. Or they were invited to some party that I wasn’t invited to and have no clue about. Anyway, that was all I could handle on this first day of #PFW, intimidating schedule ahead for tomorrow. Highlights including Dries, Rochas and Mugler. Aka I’ll be swamped with insta-stalking Day 2. All in all, today was a solid start for Paris – love a day of comebacks and emerging designers.
But tomorrow, seriously… cannot wait. #dries
[Shameless-promotion time] follow me on twit @canyouwhoopit for updates tomorrow from the non-actual #PFW trenches. tweet tweet. #paintedlegs #wifey #dries