Paris Fall Couture Shows: Day 2

What better to spice up a couture day than a juicy Chanel rumor and advice on how to wear leather without looking like a hooker?
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What better to spice up a couture day than a juicy Chanel rumor and advice on how to wear leather without looking like a hooker?
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What better to spice up a couture day than a juicy Chanel rumor and advice on how to wear leather without looking like a hooker?

Chanel Rumor: While waiting for the Chanel show to start last night, I bumped into a friend of mine who is also a very good source. “Have you heard?” she whispered (this is the best way to get my attention), “this is apparently Karl’s last show. Which is why it’s so late.” (2012 is rumored to be the year of Karl's retirement, but Chanel has vehemently denied this.) I couldn’t sit still in my seat with excitement. [Ed. note: We contacted the Chanel US press office for comment, but have yet to receive a response.] As for the show, it was as flawless and entertaining as always, but also packed with Coco references (bows and tweed)--a secret sign perhaps? Let’s keep our ears open for update.

Loewe made to measure: Yesterday, Stuart Vevers presented Loewe’s first bespoke line of clothing and handbags--ultimate, old-school couture in other words. Most of the collection consisted of all-leather pieces. How to wear leather and not look like a demented dominatrix? “Sometimes, you should embrace that,” he said with a laugh, “and only wear exquisite leather of course!”

Concerts in Colette’s water bar: Anyone in need of a quick fashion break before running off to the Givenchy presentation? Colette is there to help. During couture, the boutique has heard our need for a five minute detox, and decided to help with two hours of concerts and drinks in its water bar in the basement of the shop. A notable performance was delivered by mega hipster band La Femme: six boys, one girl, plenty of keyboards.

I left Colette feeling ready for more custom-made hemlines and handbags.

**Photo by Imaxtree.