One of my favorite things about Paris Fashion Week is the tip sheet that arrives with my invites from public relations agency KCD. No, this isn't a list of celebrities scheduled to grace the front row. Instead, it's a roundup of actual tips from the firm's Paris office on where to eat, shop and party. I love it because I actually use it. In the spirit of KCD's mini city guide, here is 10 things I'm looking forward to checking out this week:
This is Paris designer Simon Porte Jacquemus's 10th collection, and yet it all feels so new. Maybe that's because Jacquemus has had a big year: he was nominated for the LVMH Prize, quit his job as a part-time sales assistant at Comme Des Garçons to work on the line full time and opened a studio in the Marais. (Given that the collection is in more than 60 stores -- including Opening Ceremony and the Broken Arm -- these steps seem pretty necessary.) Jacquemus likes to use the word "tomboy" to describe his collections, but there's also an overgrown-kid thing going on that I love.
2. Hedi Slimane's "Sonic" at La Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent
From Courtney Love to Marianne Faithfull, Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane's obsession with music -- and the style of the people who make it -- is well documented. This 15-year retrospective features Slimane's photographs of the music scenes in London, New York and his home of Los Angeles, as well as portraits of Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Amy Winehouse and Brian Wilson. The show runs through January 11, 2015 at 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116.
Four seasons in, the London-based line A.W.A.K.E. -- which stands for All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm -- has garnered fans like Caroline de Maigret and Miroslava Duma. The brainchild of former Harper's Bazaar Russia Fashion Director Natalia Alaverdian -- who still works on covers and fashion stories for the magazine as its creative director at large -- A.W.A.K.E. is gaining a reputation for ladylike clothes tinged with a bit of humor and amusement. (A fitted red sheath dress, for instance, is printed with rooster silhouttes.) As chatter around her brand increases, Alaverdian will be showing her spring 2015 collection at private appointments in Paris.
4. Maison Kitsuné's New Shop on Rue Madame
Kitsuné is heading to 38 Rue Madame on the Left Bank, so there will be a PFW cocktail party and a super cute "Madame" capsule collection of tees, sweatshirts and totes inspired by the brand's second Paris boutique.
Ophelie Klere and Francois Alary's collections are like Edward Gorey on acid: all black and white with tongue-in-cheek macabre references, including headstones and ghosts, printed on crewneck sweatshirts, silk button-ups and sweater dresses.
6. Pierre Hardy and Carine Roitfeld's Parties
Pierre Hardy has created unforgettable shoes and accessories for Hermès, Dior, Balenciaga and even Gap. But this season, the French designer is celebrating the 15th birthday of his namesake label with a party at Hotel Particulier, co-hosted by the Webster's Laure Heriard Dubreuil. Carine Roitfeld, too, is celebrating. She's throwing a belated bash for the fifth issue of CR Fashion Book on September 30.
7. Hood by Air
For spring 2015, Hood by Air designer Shayne Oliver took a novel approach to the runway. In New York, he showed "Ego," a collection of approachable street wear. In Paris, we'll witness "Superego", which promises to be more conceptual, with performances by Fatima Al Qadiri and Venus X. Maybe the "Id" belongs to the after party?
8. Cédric Charlier
The Belgian-born designer worked under Michael Kors at Céline and Alber Elbaz at Lanvin before launching his namesake label in 2012. The ultra-sophisticated line was almost immediately picked up by retailers, and is currently stocked by many of the majors: Barneys New York, Net-a-Porter, Matches, etc. Charlier is making a name for himself by combining architectural minimalism with lightly feminine details. It's been fun watching his line evolve.
9. Julia Restoin Roitfeld Makes Her Directorial Debut
Romy and the Bunnies founder Julia Reston Roitfeld has directed a short film in celebration of Stuart Weitzman's fall 2014 collection, which is set to debut during PFW at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild.