Paris Fall Couture Shows: Day 1

PARIS--New week, new fashion week--although the male collections were only 30 seconds ago and we’re still feeling sleep-deprived, couture is dragging us out of bed. The entire city is sartorially obsessed for the week, and as if catwalks weren’t enough, heaps of exhibitions, openings and launches become mandatory. Here is our selection from the first day:
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PARIS--New week, new fashion week--although the male collections were only 30 seconds ago and we’re still feeling sleep-deprived, couture is dragging us out of bed. The entire city is sartorially obsessed for the week, and as if catwalks weren’t enough, heaps of exhibitions, openings and launches become mandatory. Here is our selection from the first day:

PARIS--New week, new fashion week--although the male collections were only 30 seconds ago and we’re still feeling sleep-deprived,

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Hussein Chalayan’s Retrospective: The Cypriot designer opened his Swarovski-sponsored retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs last night, one complete with a dozen short films--some found, some made--and designs ranging from robot dresses to couture gowns; a lifetime in fashion, in other words.

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Maison Martin Margiela: In their showroom’s decadent gold and white interiors, gaffa tape, seat belts, and sport socks came marching down. You’ve guessed it: this is their artisanal line, one that uses only recycled, preferably totally random materials and accessories. Miles away from luxurious silks and cashmere usually on couture runways, luxury according to Margiela is about plastic coats and sticky tape. (See a gallery of the collection below.)

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More Martin Margiela: It was Margiela’s big day yesterday, as it also held the opening party for its…hotel. Yes, the Belgian house entirely designed and revamped a hotel by Champs-Elysées, creating trompe-l’oeil and black and white interiors for an Avengers feel.

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Acne Paper Holds a Secret Launch: Last night, a crowd of 50 toasted over the launch of Acne Paper’s latest issue and their arrival on the French market. Like the magazine, it was so elegant we wanted to weep: the Ritz gardens, toasted almonds, champagne and live violin music by stunning 25-year-old virtuoso Charlie Siem. Acne’s spotless universe in a nutshell.