The 3 Most Buzzed About Shows From Day 8 of Paris Fashion Week

If you want grand, artistic statements with your fashion, look no further than Paris! On the penultimate day of the Spring 2014 season, critics were buzzing about Valentino and Alexander McQueen's refined takes on ethnic craftsmanship. And then, of course, Karl Lagerfeld went all "Picasso Baby" at Chanel. Click through to find out what the critics had to say.
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If you want grand, artistic statements with your fashion, look no further than Paris! On the penultimate day of the Spring 2014 season, critics were buzzing about Valentino and Alexander McQueen's refined takes on ethnic craftsmanship. And then, of course, Karl Lagerfeld went all "Picasso Baby" at Chanel. Click through to find out what the critics had to say.
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If you want grand, artistic statements with your fashion, look no further than Paris! On the penultimate day of the Spring 2014 season, critics were buzzing about Valentino and Alexander McQueen's refined takes on ethnic craftsmanship. And then, of course, Karl Lagerfeld went all "Picasso Baby" at Chanel.

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Alexander McQueen Designer: Sarah Burton

  • "Combative metal helmets, neck clasps and leather straps clashed with bright ethnic patterns in Sarah Burton's show for Alexander McQueen that, while bold, moved the house in a slightly more wearable direction--away from the theatrical excess of last season." [AP]
  • "It would be hard to compare the Alexander McQueen show to anything other than McQueen this season, because the Spring/Summer 2014 collection that the house sent down the runway, or rather around a horse riding arena, was so McQueen." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Entrancingly bold." [Daily Front Row]
  • "This collection could only have been created by one brand." [

    The Guardian]

  • "Those accessories in particular would make stepping into war — be it in a feather-plumed gown or woven leggings--a battle won." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Magical." [Style.com]
  • "So, Sarah Burton’s back in the saddle." [Vogue.com]
  • "The Alexander McQueen show tonight was as rigorous as ever, triumphant in its execution of fabulously original ideas that do just what a fashion show should - set the bar for a new season of style that feels new, unique and as if we've been ushered in an alternative direction that we never knew was possible." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "It doesn’t matter what the perceived theme of a collection is when the work is amazing, as it was in the case of Sarah Burton’s spring Alexander McQueen collection." [WWD]

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Chanel Designer: Karl Lagerfeld

  • "Art met fashion on the Paris catwalk Tuesday as designer Karl Lagerfeld conjured up a vast modern art gallery full of Chanel-inspired works as the backdrop to his latest collection." [AFP]
  • "Lagerfeld's theme was topical all right." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "Karl Lagerfeld is a man of many talents: Not only is he Chanel's lauded designer, but also an industrious artist, a sensitive colorist and a gallery curator. At least, these were the hats he wore Tuesday at Chanel's glorious spring-summer 2014 show." [AP]
  • "Ultimately, as the models marched by one Chanel bedecked guest after another, one couldn’t help but admire Lagerfeld’s skill at artful commerce." [The Cut/New York Magazine]
  • "This felt like the designer’s most exuberant offering in recent memory." [The Daily Beast]
  • "This show was, of course, right on point." [Daily Front Row]
  • "Today's epically presented, highly entertaining Chanel show was about two things; showing off some really spectacular clothes, and (perhaps inadvertently) shining a disobliging light on the art market." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "This was not only a Chanel fashion show, this was also a Chanel art exhibition--the size of London’s Frieze art fair." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "In a season where references to fine art have been seen in fashion everywhere from Prada to Céline, leave it to Chanel, the world's wealthiest and most powerful fashion house, to flex its unrivalled muscle and drive the message home." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Every Paris fashion week, Chanel's show takes place in the Grand Palais, and this year Karl Lagerfeld took inspiration from the space, the home of art and culture." [The Guardian]
  • "For once, a word so often bandied about in the 21st century was relevant to this KL/Chanel moment: awesome." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "He did things in this superb Chanel collection, most of them fairly simple, that other designers should have considered, and which women would appreciate." [The New York Times]
  • "A masterpiece indeed!" [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "In an age in which the fashion world embraces art, and art embraces fashion, the question posed at the vibrant Chanel show might not be 'Is fashion art?' but 'Is art fashion?'" [Vogue.com]
  • "It was a powerful, colourful fiesta of creativity infused with Lagerfeld humour." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "Was it art? Stop it. Lagerfeld makes dresses and suits. Was it artful commerce? Do we have to ask?" [WWD]

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Valentino Designers: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli

  • "That rare and lovely combination of opulence and earthiness." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "Valentino put its typical Italian aristocratic look on hold this season to channel Balkan-style ethnic patterns." [AP]
  • "Fit for royalty." [The Daily Beast]
  • "This was refined opulence at its most sacred." [ELLEuk.com]
  • "This was a moment of elegance and serenity." [Grazia Daily]
  • "Such a fine show--in relation to the California teen scene looks from Saint Laurent and the powerful presentation but simple clothes from Chanel--raises important issues for current fashion." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "Despite the sense of theater in the embellishment, and stiff modesty of the shapes, their clothes felt youthfu." [The New York Times]
  • "There is always regality at Valentino, but Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli's Spring 2014 collection for the house added doses of myth and lots of visual appeal to their queenly clothing." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "One of the more artistically beautiful collections of Paris." [Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal]
  • "Chiuri and Piccioli's muse is no longer a girl with a pearl earring. She's a mythological sorceress." [Style.com]
  • "Chiuri and Piccioli’s remarkably accurate international fashion antennae had tuned into 'pagan' and 'ethnic,' but on their own, very Italian channel." [Vogue.com]
  • "A collection that reignited the souls of the weariest of fashion spectators." [Vogue.com UK]
  • "Beautiful, grand and romantic." [WWD]