The City of Lights’ glamour, forward-thinking ideas and sweeping sets never fail to amaze me (@anahitaglitters): from the runway debut of Rokh Hwang (who cut his teeth at #OldCeline) to the final show from Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, and Hedi Slimane’s shocking sartorial reversal (back to ’70s bourgeois) at the new Celine. In the end, romance won the week (as when Valentino charmed the audience with haute threads embroidered with dreamy poetry). Paris, after all, is also the City of Love.
Like a bolt from the blue, shades of cobalt, cornflower and indigo were everywhere. The color washed over an ombré trench at Cédric Charlier and saturated knits and tropical prints at Dior. Paco Rabanne’s ’40s-inspired dress looked majestically royal, while Louis Vuitton ran with the chicest tracksuit in sapphire. The sky was the limit — and the hue — of Alexander McQueen’s romantic, ruffled gown.
Sequins have become a runway (and real-life) staple, and this season was dripping with them. Balenciaga’s body-hugging neon and black separates shined from head to toe while Saint Laurent’s asymmetrical minidress was festooned with spangles, right up to the giant bow. Over at Paco Rabanne, the bootcut pants screamed purple reign.