|Paris Fashion Week 2013 dates will be:
Menswear | Watch Live| January 16 - 20, 2013
Haute Couture | January 21 - 24, 2013
Ready To Wear | February 26 - March 6, 2013
PARIS FASHION WEEK 2O13
Tea or coffee? It always is a hard choice, as each one is so opposed and yet satisfies a very close need.
Transpose that to fashion and you will find the dilemma editors and fashionistas have to face every season: New York or Paris. Schedules make it almost impossible to cover both (you would have to fly from New York on the 13th at night after the Calvin Klein show and wake up at 7am in Paris to attend the Antoni & Alison opening show at the Somerset House).
Some do (Anna Wintour, Tim Blanks or Hilary Alexander what is usually referred to as biannual “fashion tour”) though if you are not a superhero, let’s say it’s one of those situations in which an election is requested, and better chose well if you do not want to regret it for the whole week, all the while following at distance with frustration collections and shows you would have died to attend! This season though, it seemed quite easy to pick one of those destinations. For sure New York fashion week is the place where big labels show, but we all know that: the future of fashion comes from young designers, and when it comes to up-and –coming talents, Paris is surely the #1 platform to look at. “Fashion season kicked off in August for the team with Copenhagen Fashion Week, followed by fashion week in Madrid then Valencia and now Paris. We scout for the best emerging talents to sell their collections on our platform (picked by UK newspaper The Independent as one of the 50 best online clothing shops) and LFW is undoubtedly the biggest event on the world’s creative stage” stated marketing director Chelo Martinez. “You always discover new aspects of fashion during LFW” added journalist Lara Antonioni.
From day 1 it was easy to see that even the most traditional labels featured original elements in their collections, probably giving rise to the strength of LFW. Caroline Charles Polynesian-inspired collection was classic in cuts and yet so fancy and daring in prints (especially those Caribbean fish print), while Unconditional’s back transparent strips used on colorful androgynous looks totally seduced us. Sass & Bide brought a bit of Australia to Paris with their origami based dresses and skirts which soon transformed into neon and sequined pants and dresses, all of this perfectly accessorized with glamorous golden jewelry. KTZ closed this first day with a show that only Paris can offer: baroque-inspired platforms teamed with white lace overalls, black shiny plastic pants and skirts: pieces fashion editors will be delighted to feature in futuristic editorials.
Sportswear has been at the heart of trends for a couple of seasons, and two brands were here to remind it. The first one made his models follow a yellow neon tape line on the floor of an immaculate white studio while the second one introduced his collection offering the audience tennis ball shaped chewing gums. As everyone had understood by the beginning of the show, David Koma found his creativity in tennis and the pleated skirts teamed with net-inspired tops confirmed the ability of the designer to come up with elegant and sporty pieces. As for Richard Nicoll, he mainly proposed for his SS13 zipper skirts and dresses made of cotton or plastic, along with oversized jumper for a sports and casual look.
Highly eccentric shows were also presented this week, among which five drew our attention! Louise Gray’s Barbie-inspired collection was so haut-en-couleur it would almost be impossible to give an exhaustive list of all the tones she used, though there is something we are quite sure of: fashion lovers will kill for those pied-de-poule yellow wedge shoes and graphic print knitted cardigans. Corrie Nielsen futuristic silhouettes were absolutely breathtaking while Meadham Kirchhoof 18th century set transformed the circular neon-lit Topshop venue into a reduced-size Versailles salon. Holly Fulton let’s-go-to-the-beach collection was lively, colorful and the prints used featured as one of the most sophisticated patterns seen this week! Last season they had used human cell prints on skirts, this season the duo Maki Aminaka and Marcus Wilmont proposed striped print inspired by salmon skins, used on masterly tailored dresses and skirts.
Some designers like to take risk, all the while keeping it under control and still assuring the commercial success of their collections. It was the case of JW Anderson, whose collection featured fabric superposition and pure lines, as well as Simone Rocha’s, who played the originality card with her plastic platform shoes teamed with flower lace dresses and delicate coats. Nicole Farhi stuck to the brand’s DNA with a minimalistic collection which included a beautiful autumn leaves print used on a voluminous skirt and incredible pleats covered with cream leather on the reverse: exquisite detailing. Hearts were everywhere in Osman’s collection, though surely the most impressive piece was this fuchsia large trench coat worn with electric blue mid-calf pants for a color blocking look! Topshop Unique design proved to be highly efficient with simple cuts and bright prints, a collection which will surely be a hit in stores.
And then there are fashion shows that cannot even be referred to as runway shows, but simply shows, with a capital S. Philip Treacy was one of them: it was 9:30 at the Royal Court of Justice when Lady Gaga dressed in a fuchsia full cape opened the show, letting it an army of Michael Jackson inspired models, each of them wearing architectural hats, releasing on their way an incredibly amount of positive energy. And how about Vogue Online Fashion Week?
“It’s fundamental to work on contrast: it’s all about finding the right balance between simplicity and complexity” said Marcus Wilmont during an interview realized just after the end of his show, closing this edition of LFW. And maybe this is what really makes LFW so powerful: the fact that in the same day Burberry will gather 1500 guests in Hyde Park for a lamé and wide-shouldered coats collection, while small labels such as Math or Lucas Nascimento with incredible potential also get the chance to present their collections in front of international press and buyers.
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Paris Fashion Week 2012 In Review
Well, it goes without saying a whole lot happened during Paris Fashion Week 2012, most of it amazing.
A lot of smaller designers debuted their collections on the Paris runway, at a number of venues around the city, from On Aura Tout Vu to
Didit Hediprasetyo to Elie Saab (show at the Galeries Lafayette, wow!), Julien Fournier, Yiqing Yin, Stephane Rolland, Alexandre Vauthier, Iris Van Herpen, Georges Hobeika, Christophe Josse, Alexis Mabille, Songzio, Bernhard Willhelm, Hermes, Rynshu, Agnes B, Pierre Cardin (still "got it"), Wooyoungmi, Miharayasuhiro, Smalto, Maison Martin Margiela, Bill Tornade , Kenzo, Gustavo Lins, Kris Van Assche, Yohji Yamamoto, Juun J, Henrik Vibskov, Issey Miyake, Hardy Amies, Y Project by Yohan Serfaty, John Lawrence Sullivan, not to mention old standbys like Chanel, Dior, and Valentino.
The looks were an invigorating blends from retro-futuristic to classic, 1920s, and of course dapper looks with just a hint of '80s noir from the ever-amazing Armani Prive.
And did we mention this was just the Men's and Haute Couture shows?
Next season promises to be even more amazing, so stay tuned for Paris Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2012, beginning September 25, 2012.
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Paris Fashion Week 2013
Chances are EXCELLENT there will be fashion week in Paris next year, unless of course for some reason there isn't. Which is unlikely. And it will last 7 days. Or maybe 5 days. Or maybe somewhere in between. We'll totally let you know.
More about "Paris"
There are nice hotels on the Left Bank, Right Bank, in the 7th district (they call them "arrondissements," even though "district" would be shorter to write), Latin Quarter, and other places more or less. You may want tickets to the Louvre, though you probably shouldn't waste your time in Paris in line.
EAT STUFF YOU'D BE KILLED FOR BY YOUR FRIENDS BACK HOME
Really Paris is best for food and time wasting, like sitting at a sidewalk cafe, going into boutiques on the Avenue Montaigne pretending you can afford something, sitting for long periods on a park bench, which is only acceptable in Paris, and looking for antiques, fashionable designer clothing and giant sunglasses, shopping at BHV or the farmer's market or buying gourmet gifts at Fauchon, and eating a bunch of stuff you should probably keep secret from your friends back in LA.
You may also want fancy cheeses and wine. Okay, we admit we like Paris, even if it is small, old and sort of dirty in places. It just works, darn it. Oh, and dear Parisians: ban spray paint, citywide. Seriously.
p.s. Actual fact: Currently PFW is held at the Carrousel du Louvre. See, it wasn't all fluff. B00m.
Oh p.s., live streams during fashion week are rad, probably.