Time for the cherry on top of our Fashion Week cake, time for lovely Paris. After three long and exciting weeks of runway madness, we still have seven beautiful days to enjoy what the prettiest city in Europe has to offer. The schedule is busy, the list is long, the names are powerful and I am sure that our expectations will certainly be surpassed. Remeber my NYFW line-up post, that little game I played with baseball terms and designers? Well, for Paris I had to come up with a more cultural theme. After a long discussion with my sister, the one with the Literature degree, the one that calls my Chick Lit trash, this is what I came up with.
You don’t have to love Kafka, but I bet you sure know who he is. He was and still is one of the most powerful authors of all times. This six brands are to fashion what Kafka is to Literature. What we can expect from their shows: la creme de la creme, a killer front row, a jaw-dropping set and an impressive model line-up.
- LOUIS VUITTON, Wednesday 7th
- GIVENCHY, Sunday 4th
- CHANEL, Tuesday 6th
- LANVIN, Friday 2nd
- BALMAIN, Thursday 1st
- HERMES, Sunday 4th
They are the ones that always bring the romance, the flowers, the lace and the sheer to PFW. From Valentino´s long sleeved and flowy gowns and Nina Ricci’s lingerie inspired collections, to Elie Saab’s dreamy fabrics, their creations seem to really come out from a Jane Austen novel.
- VALENTINO, Tuesday 6th
- NINA RICCI, Thursday 1st
- GIAMBATTISTA VALLI, Monday 5th
- ELIE SAAB, Wednesday 7th
- CHRISTIAN DIOR, Friday 2nd
- YVES SAINT LAURENT, Monday 5th
Just like Oscar Wilde’s interesting personality, this group of designers not only bring their genius to the table, but also their strong minded creations. Collections filled with drama and eccentricity, always make powerful statements on PFW. Like Mr. Wilde, they sure know how to draw attention to themselves in the purest form of art.
- VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, Saturday 3rd
- JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, Saturday 3rd
- VIKTOR & ROLF, Saturday 3rd
- JOHN GALLIANO, Sunday 4th
- ALEXANDER McQUEEN, Tuesday 6th
Chick lit may not be considered classic literature, but it is what most of us girls like to read right now. And this six designers are what us girls are wearing right now or dream of it anyway. From Stella’s stellar collections, to Isabel Marant’s chic nonchalance, thanks to this brands and like a Sex and the City episode, the street has become our concrete catwalk.
- STELLA McCARTNEY, Monday 5th
- MIU MIU, Wednesday 7th
- CARVEN, Thurday 1st
- CHLOÉ, Monday 5th
- CELINE, Sunday 4th
- ISABEL MARANT, Friday 2nd
They put the d in dark and the t in twisted. These shows, like Mr. Poe’s stories and poems, are always on the mysterious and macabre side. Many of their looks may not be wearable (not even Anna dello Russo wearable), but they sure are beautiful works of art and construction.
- GARETH PUGH, Wednesday 29th
- ANNE DEMEULEMEESTER, Thursday 1st
- YOHJI YAMAMOTO, Friday 2nd
- MUGLER, Wednesday 29th
- COMME DES GARÇONS, Saturday 3rd
And last but not least, this group is the Andre Breton of fashion (an expert when it came to breaking traditional shapes and transforming them into new ones). They are not afraid to try new materials and shapes. They always manage to do the unexpected. If you want novelty, innovation and genius, this are the ones to watch.
- MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, Friday 2nd
- HAIDER ACKERMANN, Saturday 3rd
- BALENCIAGA, Thursday 1st
- JUNYA WATANABE, Saturday 3rd
- CHALAYAN, Friday 2nd
- DRIES VAN NOTEN, Wednesday 29th
Now you know what to expect and when to expect it! PFW is just getting started and I’m sure some amazing creations are ready and waiting to walk the Paris runways.