The designers this season are taking their lines forward. Fashion Forward is what we're seeing on the runways, backstage, on the streets and in the showrooms.
From Galliano's Polynesian Sailor-on-shore-leave motif for Dior to John Paul Gaultier's flagrant use of 3-D glasses - for his runway show! - which consisted of every inch the three-dimensional plus-sized models in Joan Jett wigs. Beth Ditto, pouring out of her rosette-trimmed teddy for his finale stole the show.
Givenchy went animal on us. Raw and untamed, Riccardo Tisci delivered his models to pulsing Techno at the Lyceé Carnot. Zippers snaked up side seams and flashes of metal punctuated the models' catwalk.
Eco-Alert: One lone Eco Taxi was spotted outside the Givenchy venue dropping off guests. Guests were holding letter-sized animal-print invitations printed on colored paper.
Change channels to Stella's show where only Vegans need apply. Lemons and grapefruit spilled out everywhere. Glee actress 24-year-old Lea Michele, this month's Glamour Cover Girl, said it was the only show this fur-free animal lover was taking in on her first Paris Fashion season.
Chloé was all grown up and elegant...as usual. There's a reason why Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot have all worn Chloé. In a word, elegant.
Chloé delivered again today. The runway show was held at the Espace Ephémère in the Jardin des Tuileries, and though it started 45 minutes late, designer Hannah MacGibbon delivered to reggae-rasta-rap beats with Anna Wintour in her front row. In a show of bright whites and nude beiges, the model wearing only a silk sheer blouse raised nary an eyebrow, though Grace Coddington, seated next to Wintour, seemed to take notice.
Somehow it doesn't surprise that Stella McCartney was at Chloé before she launched her own house. On my way out, coming face to face with Anna Wintour gave me a jolt of thrills I hadn't expected. Is it from knowing that the woman commands a part of the billion dollar fashion industry? Of course, only afterwards I realized I should have asked her what she thought of Eco Fashion. It's not very often this reporter is caught up in the excitement of a passing moment. Chloé had a packed house and a front row of editors, in addition to Wintour. Though it seemed that the focus of the show was also a bit of a perfume launch.
And to round this up for October 4th with only two more days of Fashion Week left, Mary-Kate and Ashley showed their new line The Row, by appointment in a lovely salon boasting a boiserie and soaring white ceilings. Elegant suits, freely-flowing bias-cut dresses all in silk satin back crepe. They kept their 15 outfits tight and to a palette of black, pale pink and ivory. That they weren't quite ready for N.Y. served them well. Where better than Paris to show your Spring Summer '11 line the first time?! Photos are now up on Bing.com.