DAY 4: February 28, 2019
Isabel Marant invited her guests to the Palais-Royal with green soap that displayed the address in a very chic way. The new collection presented next winter’s must-have items: high-waist pinched pants with metallic buckles, skirts with a front slit combined with high boots and turtlenecks in different colors. Jackets and extra-large coats with ’80s-style, oversized shoulders were standout silhouettes this season.
Off White’s open floor runway was covered in gray and yellow — a motif also used in some of the clothes. Yellow was a key color for designer Virgil Abloh this season, making the biggest splash in gowns worn by Karlie Kloss, Adut Akech Bior, and Bella Hadid at the end of the show. Abloh still included his trademark sportswear, adding sneakers to many dresses. My favorite look was a gray suit with a sparkling bandana. It was one of the most modern shows of Fashion Week.
A box of matches as an invitation for Chloe’s fashion show at the Maison de la Radio hinted at what the collection itself would ultimately be: totally lit. Natasha Ramsay-Levi’s collection was equally modern, chic, and comfortable. Fused fluid fabrics like silk with woolen items resulted in looks that are wearable, trendy, and easy. High collars and turtlenecks were a recurring design detail, while accessories played a big part as well. The ’70s-inspired big earrings and necklaces were my favorites. The show also featured an emotional tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who once helmed the house.
After Off-White’s great show, I went by Fabrizio Viti’s shoe presentation. I got to the Hotel le Crillon to relax for a bit in-between shows, and I met some friends — Julie de Libran, artistic director of Sonia Rykiel, and Sofia Sánchez de Betak. The super feminine and delicate collection was exhibited through an installation created with shoe boxes. The colors that caught my eye the most were pastels like lilac and baby blue. The shoes were every girl’s dream: the tones, the bows, satin and perfectly constructed.
Swarovski’s Book of Dreams (Volume 2) Party
At the end of the day, I attended a party for Swarovski’s Book of Dreams (Volume 2) at the Hotel d’Evreux. It was a cocktail organized by Giovanna Engelbert and Cabana Magazine for Swarovski Professional to celebrate the second edition of the collectable coffee table magazine. There were a number of fashion personalities in attendance, including Giambattista Valli, Suzy Menkes, and Mariacarla Boscono.