Paris Fashion Week
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You haven’t lived until you’ve been to Paris
in the winter -- during Fashion Week of course!
It may be cold and rainy, but Paris is always
beautiful, and buzzing with excitement at a
myriad of fashion shows, expositions and
parties that even us mere mortals of the public
can attend. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to
brush elbows with celebrities and fashion world
icons who jet-set over from the prior Fashion
Weeks in New York, London and Milan.
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The Fall/Winter Paris Prêt-a-Porter Fashion
Week is the most prominent trade event for the fashion
industry, when Fall fashions are rolled-out as a season
preview for the world’s biggest retail buyers who’re
scrambling to place their orders for fashion, handbags,
jewelry, shoes, hats and cosmetics. Unlike other large
industry convention hall tradeshows, Fashion Week is
orchestrated citywide at some of Paris’ most prominent
points of interest.
This year from February 25th to March 4th, top designers and
fashion design students staged fashion extravaganzas ranging
from the pinnacle of good taste to the surreal. Among the
selected sites, were the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Ecole
des Beaux-Arts, Musée de l'Homme, le Champs-Elysee, le Tour
Montparnasse, place du Trocadéro, Théâtre du Châtelet, and La
Winter Paris Fashion Week 2007 took place February 26
through March 4, and featured everyone who’s anyone in the
designer world, including long-time Parisian favorites Chanel,
Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Givenchy.
Ah, the drama! Aside from the expected eccentric styles and
surreal shows, more than a few eyebrows raised when an animal
rights protestor stormed the catwalk nude in response to this
year’s apparent return to use of fur as a luxury material.
London designer Stella McCartney
(daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney), then made headlines for
her “fur-free” show, showcasing warm alternatives to fur, with
models clad in taffetas, satins, knitwear and cashmere.
Emanuel Ungaro’s Peter Dundas got everyone ready to hit the
discos with his collection designed to celebrate night
clubbing. Decked-out in plenty of bling and leather, the models
strutted and slinked down the runway.
The most controversial show of the week had to be that of
Viktor & Rolf. Dutch design partners Viktor Horsting and
Rolf Snoeren, are renowned for elaborate, wildly-imaginative
shows. This year, they invented awkward contraptions that the
models had to balance delicately, which were fitted with
lighting and music as a kind of “personal fashion show.” The
designs were somewhat gothic, reminding one of the movie Van
Helsing. The poor models were also required to were stylized
wooden clogs, which clip-clopped loudly as they paraded
carefully down the runway.
Expectedly, there were WWII and ancient war themes in many
of the fashion collections this year, incorporating tall boots,
leather, fur, fatigue green, body armor, medallions and
epaulettes. Even Jean Paul Gaultier revealed models wearing
Scottish tartans with stylized Mohawks, as if going into
Also during Fashion Week, the exclusive
Paris boutique Colette, celebrated its 10th anniversary by
inviting 10 art curators to spotlight a talent gallery-style on
one of it’s walls. It was a fabulous way to show off it’s
ultra-trendy collection of music CDs, shoes, handbags, branded
water and accessories. The boutique is also renown for
glamorous parties, art exhibits and dance classes, and
definitely worth a visit when you’re in Paris.
Speaking of accessories, Nokia decided to unveil its Nokia
7373 Special Edition fashion phones by designer Giambattista
Valli at Fashion Week, at the “Dress-your-Nokia-in-Giambattista
Valli” Party. For the label-conscious, this is a must-have
phone. Each one comes pre-loaded with a "behind the scenes"
video for a glimpse into the life and inspiration of the
designer, along with a selection of Valli graphics and the
exclusive ring-tone, "Rhodium.”
Next year is sure to hold more fun and surprises. For sure,
Paris in March is the place to be!
Mimi O'Connor is a contributing writer for Welcome2France a
Paris corporate housing service.
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