Anchoring the month of fashion weeks is no easy feet, but Paris has never shied away from the challenge. With the longest line-up of presentations (beating out even NYFW) and arguably some of the largest scale productions, there's a LOT to take in. From the season's newfound artistic inclinations, to some "fringe benefits," we've distilled the best-of-the-best from The City of Lights. Click through the slide show to enjoy the feast…Bon Appétit!
I haven't worn heels in more than six months, which means I won't be wearing them much during New York Fashion Week either. (If at all.) If you too would like to forgo cray-cray heels this season to achieve the perfect mix of comfort and chicness, click through to shop my picks. Whether you're running to catch a show or the F train, any of these styles should do the trick.
Damir Doma, Pitti W's guest designer, wanted to do something a bit different for resort 2014. Doma, best-known for his dark and edgy menswear, presented softer and more colorful womenswear--a change, he said, motivated by the show's whereabouts.
Croatian designer Damir Doma is certainly making the rounds on the international fashion scene. The designer just wrapped showing his men's and women's lines in Paris, has a loyal following in New York (including our own Leah Chernikoff and A$AP Rocky), and now it looks like he might be headed to Italy. According to WWD, Doma is rumored to be the next guest designer at Pitti Imagine's Pitti W trade show, which runs from June 18 to 21 in Florence.
Four cities, one season: Fall 2013. Nemo kicked the collections off and every city to follow added its own dose of wintry chill. Somehow all that cold weather caused a discernible note of restraint to float through the collections. Don’t worry--the passion and excitement were still there, but designers actively pursued defining new ways we can really dress next fall. These looks felt grounded in the return of the “Lady," as fashion’s pendulum swung away from the risqué, toward the refreshingly refined (spike-studded shoulders be damned). Check out our top trends for fall in the slide show.
You know you're one of the cool kids when A$ap Rocky name drops you in a rap. In "Fashion Killa," rap's latest fashion enthusiast mentions up-and-comer Damir Doma along with 27 other designers. Doma's fall collection might have been too cool for me.
Damir Doma, one of Paris' younger designers to watch, cited collage as an inspiration for his spring 2013 collection. I've only recently starting following Doma, having attending my first show of his last season, but this season seemed a standout.
All the glamour of the Paris shows. All the comfort of your sweat pants.
Paris fashion week has officially begun. Check out Martine Sitbon's ladylike track jackets (really) for Rue du Mail, Damir Doma's softly severe coll
PARIS--You had a sense Damir Doma's fall collection would be rather subdued and soft--even comfortable--just from the invitation. It was printed on a thick piece of white felt. The runway and the first row benches were also lined with it. And when the clothes came down the runway it made sense. Models were draped and swathed in soft loose silk knits first in black, then a soft blush, then something called "cornelian orange" in the line sheets, and even suede. They walked slowly, serenely, padding along the felt runway in flats--all flats! A nice change from impossible-to-walk-in stilettos (ahem, Zanotti for Vaccarrello). Damir Doma's woman was "adorned with the symbolism of culture in between--from oriental tradition to the weight of the cross," the line sheets informed us. "Reveling in the rituals of the sacred feminine, she clasps a secret at her bosom." A little weighty, sure, but so were the crosses worn around the models necks.
Michael Mente is most definitely a friend of Fashionista. Not only has the owner of e-commerce sites Revolve, Forward, Reverse, and the US Division of FarFetch been generous with his time answering our questions about the world of shopping online, he even flew out from Los Angeles to participate in our "How I'm Making It" panel last December. Since Michael's primary job is buying new fashion for his sites, we recently asked him who he's watching in terms of up-and-coming labels.
I'm a sucker for a good weekender bag. There are so many excellent ones out there--from the preppy to the minimalist to the, dare I say, directional. (As directional as a weekender can get.) Given that it's a holiday weekend, I'm assuming plenty of you are heading off to a family barbecue, a country cabin, or most likely, the beach. Maybe a combination of all three. I, for one, am writing this on a plane to Chicago. (Yes, American Airlines has Wi-Fi at every altitude!) One thing's for sure: Whether you want to spend $10 or $10,000, no one should be without a sturdy, good-looking weekender. Now, for some options: