Paris Fashion Week brings très chic style through les rues of the French capital.Come rain or shine, this season the fashion set turned out in their finery. Here are some of our favorite looks so far, plus shoppable links so you can emulate them.
A few weeks ago, back at New York Fashion Week,Self-Portrait founder and designer Han Chong added menswear plaids and velvet rompers to his established vernacular of lacy dresses and off-the-shoulder silhouettes.
And on Wednesday in Paris, the iconic and historically French footwear brand Robert Clergeriegave fans and the industry a late-’80s/early-’90s collection inspired by the stories and film Slaves of New York. Creative director Roland Mouretand the team showed soft, stretchy leather and shiny, textural exotics in a late-summer palette of muted green and wine tones for fall ’17.
For the buyers, editors, bloggers and stylists who’ve been spending the past month on the city-to-city global Fashion Week circuit, there was only one shoe collection fit for both of those events.
From Robert Clergerie x Self-Portrait, the spring ’17 collaboration; all images courtesy Robert Clergerie and Self-Portrait.
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The just-released collaboration between Self-Portrait and Robert Clergerie contains pointy flats and kicky slides that somehow multiply the best elements of both brands. It’s a perfect cross-pollination of sleek, pretty architecture and smart, classic-riffing romantic edge, and it’s available right now. And, we got both creative heads to open up about working together in style.
Milan is a long way from the Pacific Northwest, but MSGM creative director Massimo Giorgetti totally “went there” for fall ’17. Based on Twin Peaks (which took place in the aforementioned grunge-adjacent neck of the woods), next season’s collection is dark and moody—but shot through with acid tones, floral details and college references that tie into the iconic show and movies.
All images by Jessa Carter
About six seasons ago, Nordstrom was the first American retailer to pick up the ruffled, sporty line, and vice president of women’s merchandise Laura Janney and via C buyer Joyce Lin have been loving the brand’s novelty factor ever since. From feminine dresses to bright sweatshirts they run the gamut, and, no matter what, the vibe is always more color, more patches, more stripes, more flair.
Given this collection’s glammed-up yet psuedo-serious ’90s vibe, Sunday morning’s Paris Fashion Week challenge is already pretty tricky. How to choose from all those statement-making tops and all that bold attitude? And because they already selected lots of looks from Massimo’s pre-collection, which was shown to buyers a few months ago and will arrive in stores ahead of regular-season looks, their job is even harder. Joyce needs to take in about 100 silhouettes and even more fabrication options, but she can only pick 10 pieces for our stores and online.
Every once in a while you end up in a weird situation where you’re ahead of schedule for an appointment or a meeting, and you can’t decide whether to just show up all awkward and early or try to kill a little time somewhere. But every once in a great while, something magical happens: a third option emerges. Maybe you run into a friend you haven’t seen in ages or you pass a bookstore that’s perfect for getting lost in.
Today, in the middle of our Paris Fashion Week showroom rounds, we realized we were headed for the Roksanda showroom with a fairly decent amount of time to spare. Should we just pop in early? Should we call ahead and see if popping in early would be OK? How did we manage to get that far ahead of schedule anyway, when 97% of Fashion Week is spent racing the clock and being almost-late everywhere we go?
Just as we were pondering all that, Olivia Kim looked out the window and noticed where we were.
“Hey! My favorite vintage store is on this street.” Problem solved.
You know that thing when two of your friends hit it off? That’s what’s happening right now with Petra Collins, the young visionary who shot our spring campaign, and Gucci, which hopefully needs no introduction.
Collins walked as a model in the recent Gucci show in Milan and has also been creating imagery for the legendary Italian brand. Check out her new video for Gucci above—and read our interview with Collins here.
Something about the way French women dress will eternally have us green with envy. Perhaps it’s that they consistently manage to look timeless yet extremely forward. So as we eagerly jump into the long-awaited Paris Fashion Week, there is one thing we can expect to see for sure, and that is insanely gorgeous street style. It is common knowledge that French fashion depends on somewhat of a uniform, and street style in particular gravitates toward a few standout items—five, to be exact. With the handful of wardrobe staples we’ve identified ahead, ranging from statement outerwear to crisp cotton shirts, anyone anywhere will easily be able to re-create the French-girl aesthetic we all crave.
Paris Fashion Week brings très chic style through les rues of the French capital.Even the spring showers couldn’t deter the fashion set from turning out in their finery. Here are some of our favorite looks so far, plus shoppable links so you can emulate them.
SPACEdesigner Daniela Villegas is in Paris often, and she loves staying in the Saint-Germain neighborhood and having breakfast at the iconic Cafe de Flore. But today breakfast is at 11am (jet lag, thank you), and, following the most recent advice of her naturopath, breakfast means tea and a glass of orange juice. Every six months she has her blood tested back home in Los Angeles and follows special dietary guidelines from there. There will be no croissants in Paris this season. Wheat is OK, but yeast is not.
“Cane sugar, that’s one of the things,” she says, showing us her list. “And fruit!” The maker of fine insect-inspired jewelry didn’t sleep well last night, and she thinks the doctor-recommended kick of sugar from the OJ will be key to keeping her going and going with all the preparations she has to take care of today.
All images by Jessa Carter
Tomorrow at 9am, inside a stylish rented apartment nearby, she’ll begin seeing editors and buyers and showing them her latest wildlife-and-gemstone creations. So today she will put out the flowers she ordered from her favorite shop on Rue Saint Honoré, and her twin sister—who came from Mexico to help her—will begin baking. Annapaula even brought ingredients from home, all the better for whipping up homemade matcha bread and other treats that will help make Daniela’s visitors feel welcome.
“I love when they look at their watch and they’re like, ‘Oh, I have 30 more minutes until my next appointment, I would love to just hang out here,'” Daniela says of her fashion industry clients, whom she always encourages to stay for as long as they’d like.
New York-based designer Victor Alfaro thinks a bit differently about fashion. He doesn’t like to produce collections just because the fashion calendar demands one, and he doesn’t believe traditional runway shows are as useful and productive as they once were.
So when he put together soft, organic patterns and relaxed, unbound shapes in his current, ready-to-shop selection, he wasn’t necessarily thinking about them as “spring/summer 2017,” but as pieces you would need and want at this time of year, in your kind of world.
All images courtesy of Victor Alfaro
And when it came time to show these clothes to the world—well, he definitely went outside the box. Instead of hosting any sort of show or presentation and inviting the press, he and his team produced an undercover film during key moments of last season’s Paris Fashion Week.