Fashion blogging started around 2006-7 with Mlle Garance and her then-partner Scott Shuman (thesartorilist.com) in front of the curve. I’ve been a fan for about three years and have always enjoyed her take on the fashion industry be it Paris, New York, Milano…wherever she sets her sails. Standing in line at the Chanel show on Sunday I was in shock to see her standing beside me invitaton in hand then face to face with her big shy smile. My heart skipped a beat.
She’s worked hard to get to this level, now a respected trendsetter, a front row personality, a fashion illustrator, one that no longer carries the camera on her shoulder but has her own photographer Erik by her side. She was named in a New York Times article as the “guardian of all style”. I totally agree.
I probably will never get to speak to her personally but feel I know her through her unique blog interviews, her friends, her fashion callouts, her laughter at herself, her humility. Check her blog out http://www.garancedore.fr/en/category/style/ and her illustrated card line.
Today, in that order. Killing time before the Laroche show I took in Niki at the Grand Palais. A rare opportunity to see all her work assembled and presented chronologically with videos and narratives. A real WOW.
At noon the Laroche show blasted down the runway also at the Grand Palais. I had a front row seat entering with the photographer brigade. Inspired by Claire McCardell, the mid 20th century American designer and master of luxurious sportswear, the collection opted for streamlined graphic shapes. Following the house’s trademark, duality between male and female, light silk overalls were worn as tuxedos and paired with simple bikini tops. I’ve always found the Laroche staff most cordial and welcoming at PFW. Again they didn’t disappoint.
With metro line no. 1 steps away and two hours before the next show, I thought a photo shoot at Le Grand Arche would fill in some time. Popping up from the metro I was met with dark grey menacing skies and scurrying business folk. One gets the feeling of being miniature in the stark geometric cement landscape.
The Rochas show started at 5 with stuffy personnel turning everyone without an invitation away. Luckily there was an opening in the sound booth above so I crept in and shot the grand finale. The most enertaining spectacle was post-show with Anna Della Russo kicking up her fringed heels for the freelance photogs. Bill Cunningham and Scott Shuman discretely clicking away, Vogue’s Grace Coddington a standout and French personality and models from the show posing and walking the walk.
The day was exciting and full but what I took away was something unexpected. Yes the photographers are seasoned pros and jostle, careen and sometimes crash getting their shots (it is their living) BUT as I was standing in the Palais de Tokyo cavern with beautiful light hitting the enormous pillars, the pro standing next to me was clicking away aimed at a figure below. I asked him who the person was and he said, no one special, he was just enjoying photgraphing the moment, obiously loving what he does. He showed me the shot, sublime.
No Worries Paris was there in the front row for the Pascal Millet show. Held at the Palais du Tokyo the show was met with favorable applause from the packed house. Tomorrow on my list, Guy Laroche, noon at the Grand Palais and Rochas, again at PT. Balenciaga is at 8 but at a secret location, too late for me.
The scurry of photographers gave away what was happening in the corner of the Tuileries. Too fast for me to record her name or who fashioned her ensemble, all I could do was click along with all the others captivated by the twirl of her enormously wide skirt. Thankfully, her beauty didn’t escape my telephoto lens.
Show over, one last pair take the pose for the amateur photographers at the Tuileries. Pros are all on their way to next show. Acne Studios at 2:30, Veronique Leroy at 3:30, Vivienne Westwood at 4:30, Comme Des Garcons at 5:30, Jean Paul Gaultier at 7:00 and Maiyet at 8:00. All at different locations, all reached by all means of transportion: private drivers, taxis, limos, and metro. Buyers, clients, editors, writers, guests from the fashion world make their choices, models scamper to their appointed show and tomorrow it will start all over again. It’s exiting, it’s exhausting.
Spring 2013, a potpourri of styles on the runways: sheer plaids, soft florals, ruffles, pink and blue, soft pink and gold, metallic threading, grunge, fur, denim, tie-dye, checkerboard, honeycomb, sweet collars, black gauze, red leather, lace, knee-length skirts and dresses (finally), a solar panel runway, tweeds, boucles, aubergine, pretty pink, violet, stripy platform sandals, red shiny shoes, oversized pearls, tassels, bows, voluminous shapes. Something for everyone, anything goes? Room for you to put together your own sense of style. Be different, it’s all about attitude and carrying off what you wear proudly even if it’s nothing at all.
Add to that street fashion trends you’ll pick up on while strutting your stuff on your Paris outings guided by the “No Worries Paris” guidebook. Hipsters, minimalists, bohos, fashionistas, visitors from around the world: enjoy the show.