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

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With apologies to Beyonce, critics concurred Tuesday that it's Chanel who runs the world. Whether they had much to say about the clothes--and not just the fantastic set--is another story, but they found Sarah Burton's petite collection for Alexander McQueen divine and Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's for Valentino picture perfect.

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Alexander McQueen Designer: Sarah Burton

  • "A transporting display of Burton’s creativity and the McQueen atelier’s incredible craft. Once the ideas trickle down to knits and accessories, we’ll see how this divine inspiration translates to the rest of us." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "Rebelling against the age of austerity, Alexander McQueen turned to the embellished excess of England’s Elizabeth I." [AP]
  • "Offered futuristic takes on ecclesiastical dress." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Great things often come in small packages. Such was the case for Sarah Burton's magnificent but petite collection for Alexander McQueen." [Daily Front Row]
  • "Sarah Burton is currently on maternity leave, so we'll excuse the brevity. Yet it would have been fascinating to see how she worked her Tudor theme into something more contemporary." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "We perched silently on mirrored cubes. Silent because this was breathtaking." []
  • "The ornate ruffs and lavishly cartridge-pleated skirts were redolent of pomp and ceremony." [The Guardian]
  • "Highly ornamental." [The Independent]
  • "The McQueen codes were all melded into this tiny show: a corset densely decorated with pearls, while another fantastically decorated bodice disappeared into a voluminous regal cape with raw hemline." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "The small collection was beautiful but exasperating. It will be great when Ms. Burton is back with her shears." [The New York Times]
  • "In just ten outfits the Alexander McQueen brand once again stunned the fashion set with a collection that was pure haute couture in both its concept and execution." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Burton turned out some truly stunning works whose beauty defies everything that is current and conventional." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "There was no way to slot the ten outfits that were shown as Alexander McQueen's Fall collection into the general spectrum of the season." []
  • "Sometimes, like at the small but absolutely exquisite Alexander McQueen presentation shown at the giddy-making gilded splendor of the Opéra Comique, fashion is about that moment when, what you are seeing before you is so magically transportative that you catch your breath, then forget to breathe out; that it goes beyond any kind of cerebral comprehension and instead causes an intense and instant emotional connection." []
  • "On the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week Sarah Burton delievered the ultimate performance in fashion, bringing Elizabethan history back to life for an Alexander McQueen collection that was High Church meets Ballets Russes meets Virgin Queen--and the most ornate and incredible theatrical spectacular." [ UK]
  • "At McQueen, dresses literally fit for a queen." []
  • "Hallelujah! That word applies not just to the ecclesiastical motif of Sarah Burton’s exquisite Alexander McQueen presentation, but to what a designer can do with 10 looks and a thought in her head." [WWD]

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Chanel Designer: Karl Lagerfeld

  • "Couturier Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday celebrated the story of French fashion house Chanel in a show set around a huge globe showing how the label has grown from a single boutique in the seaside town of Deauville to a global brand with a presence in hundreds of cities." [AFP]
  • "Even if the show wasn’t quite as transporting as some of Lagerfeld’s recent collections, he always manages to tweak things just enough each time to keep Chanel fans coming back for more." [All The Rage/

    Los Angeles Times]

  • "The show’s 79 varied looks brimmed with ideas, classic and new, and showed that the designer in his late 70s is still a creative force to be reckoned with." [AP]
  • "It sent a strong statement to make to a very captive and influential audience: whatever you might think of the collection, Chanel is the global powerhouse." [The Daily Beast]
  • "Lagerfeld really does have the whole world in his hands." [Daily Front Row]
  • "Walking into Chanel's show-refitted Grand Palais this morning felt like entering the no-expense-spared lair of some old-school, James Bond, megalomaniacal villain." [The Daily Telegraph]
  • "A statement of global fashion domination only Chanel might be so bold as to carry off." []
  • "Though it still works for Mr Lagerfeld--witness his bouclé suiting, this time given a dark metallic sheen, bulked up with a curve, and paired with a mini; elongated knits; and long sheer organza shirt dresses, all punked up with flat boots, thigh-highs, and a splash of shredded denim, and set around a giant revolving globe, in case anyone had any doubts about Chanel’s global power--perhaps it is time to reassess its effectiveness." []
  • "It was an impressive show of global power--who knew Chanel had not one, but two boutiques in Honolulu?--but also neatly broadened the focus of the event, from the arcane procedures of a Paris show--the ritualistic pomp, the place names in traditional calligraphy--to the reality of a luxury brand in the 21st century." [The Guardian]
  • "For autumn/winter 13, Karl Lagerfeld continued on his journey to world domination with another stellar collection for Chanel." [i-D Online]
  • "To date, Lagerfeld is enjoying his 31st year at Chanel and the world is his oyster when it comes to set creation and clothes which themselves looked rich, though and even fun and this was observed by Milla Jovovich and Jessica Chastain in the front row." [The Independent]
  • "Compared with the lyrical Scottish collections that the designer showed in Edinburgh in December, this show seemed pedestrian." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "I wish Mr. Lagerfeld would start thinking local. He put on a great show, but the distance between my seat and the models probably qualified for airline miles points. Later, when I looked at images, I realized that the white dot on the runway was Mr. Lagerfeld’s snowy head. O.K., I’m exaggerating, but not by much." [The New York Times]
  • "This was a collection choc-a-block with real world clothing made for real women all over the world. And it proved that if Chanel doesn’t dominate the world yet, if it keeps producing collections like this one, it soon will." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Lagerfeld is a designer who might think big but whose feet are firmly on the ground. Spectacle aside, this was one of the most pared back Chanel collections Lagerfeld has shown for a while, the silhouettes more linear, the ideas narrowed down. Wear these, he was saying, and you’ll be the epitome of chic wherever you are in the world." [SHOWstudio]
  • "If this is Karl's world, then we want to live in it." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Chanel's Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection was a study in how to be a global brand." []
  • "Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel army marched on to world domination to the sound track of Daft Punk’s 'Around the World'--and his ideas moved as fast and furious as they did." []
  • "Chanel; the global power of Chanel; globe-trotting Chanel-style; taking over the Chanel world; it's a small Chanel world after all: with a huge globe sitting in the centre of the Grand Palais this morning, spinning as it went and with CC flags all over to show its worldwide prowess and Daft Punk's Around The World playing out the models, there was simply no end to the puns that one could come up with to link the world of Chanel to, well, the world and the effect it has on it." [ UK]
  • "A tough-chic silhouette for Chanel, which Karl Lagerfeld described as 'menacing.'" []
  • "Many aspire; few achieve. World domination, that is." [WWD]

Valentino Designers: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli

  • "Using the Flemish masters as a starting point, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli delivered a more varied silhouette than last season in vase, trapeze, tulip and column-shaped. It was a welcome change." [AP]
  • "The imaginative duo deftly translated the 16th and 17th century romance onto their runway with a cacophony of smart babydoll dresses laced with leather embroidered collars or scalloped dickies and exquisite macramé floral frocks." [Daily Front Row]
  • "Was it very Valentino? Absolutely. But Valentino on its own terms." []
  • "'Magical realism' began the show notes, and true that was." [

    The Independent]

  • "On Tuesday, the penultimate day of the autumn 2013 collections and after four weeks of shows across two continents and in four cities, there needs to be a moment of reflection. And it came today at the Valentino show." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "Quality came through as well in the austere lines at Valentino, though sometimes without a real human feeling." [The New York Times]
  • "The hits just keep on coming from the Valentino house. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s fall/winter 2013 collection was pitch perfect in its exploration of youthful innocence that was both serene and sophisticated at the same time." [NOWFASHION]
  • "Even shoppers who didn't major in art history will find things to appreciate and love in this offering." [POPSUGAR Fashion]
  • "Of course the gowns and dresses were stunning--we’ve come to expect nothing less from those two--but this collection signalled an evolution for the brand. There was new here and that had mainly to do with the shorter lengths and more austere silhouettes." [SHOWstudio]
  • "There were gowns galore, many of unsurpassed beauty, and some too beautiful not to bring up. We're thinking especially of the Delft-inspired embroideries and a shorter Delft-like knit. But to prattle on describing them would be to defeat the point. They weren't the news; the austere grace was." []
  • "When this duo apply decoration to their austere silhouettes, there is no stopping them, and they are capable of some of the most exquisite work outside the haute couture." []
  • "Snow White, Red Riding Hood and Alice in Wonderland--they were all on the Valentino catwalk this afternoon for a collection that was a fairytale told in dresses." [ UK]
  • "Valentino's fabulous fashion nun." []
  • "It was hard to miss the irony as a clash of photographers jousted for their 'portraits' of Nicole Richie and Frank Ocean sitting front row at the show." [WWD]