Though many editors, writers, buyers, and bloggers attend Paris fashion week on an extremely tight budget involving the Paris Metro, Airbnb, and multiple trips to Monoprix for groceries, fashion's elite still spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to cover the shows. While it's impossible to pin down how much each and every editor at each and every magazine spends we've put together a handy expense report detailing what the average editor submits at the end of these packed nine days.
From some crafty DIY looks to the most creative hair we've seen in a long time, click through to see the 10 most innovative looks from the Paris fashion week fall 2013 runways.
Paris Fashion Week is finally over, but some moments will stick with us. Click through to see who we think created the looks you'll be wanting come September.
After years of stops and starts, new designers and relaunches, billionaire entrepreneur Goga Ashkenazi became the sole proprietor of Vionnet at the end of 2012. And while she's not a designer by trade, she has installed herself as the house's creative director, bringing on a team of designers to assist in making her ideas a reality.
Well, we can't say we weren't hoping Cathy Horyn would sound off on Hedi Slimane's latest grunge-inspired offering for Saint Laurent, given their history.
C'est fini! After New York, London and Milan, the fashion crowd set their sights upon the city of lights.
Aurélie Bidermann's fall collection was inspired by nature, and even more so than usual. The designer used real gingko leaves to create her intricate gold necklaces, and bakelite to mimic old ivory. "I'm being ethical," she said of the new technique in her Paris atelier. It sure looked authentic—and very Morocco in the early 1970s. (Bianca Jagger and Talitha Getty served as muses.)
Forget Kimye. Paris fashion week front-row-newbie Frank Ocean was one of our favorite celebrities to spot this week. The Grammy winner hit up several shows, including Givenchy and Chanel, so when we spotted him at Valentino, we had to grab a moment with him to ask how his first Paris fashion week was going. (We also overheard him tell another reporter that he'd brought along his mom to all the shows. How adorable is that?) What follows is a rather stumbling awkward interview, because, well, he was just so disarmingly nice and open. Not what you'd expect from a celebrity. Basically, he charmed our pants off. We were fans before but now we're smitten.
Oh, Chanel. Season after season you give us the best sets, the best accessories, and yes... the best beauty. Fall 2013 was no exception. Former Chanel creative director (now freelancing) Peter Philips came up with yet another original runway look. Oh, and he also snuck in a peek at a new Chanel polish.
For Marc Jacobs, it's all about bedroom dressing. He started his fall 2013 journey at a glam rock pajama party and ended it in a boudoir. Jacobs's sepia-hued New York collection began with satin pajama jobs and high-waisted bloomers. His Louis Vuitton effort, showing on Wednesday in Paris, closed with sheer playsuits, floral housecoats, and Kate Moss in an elegant, body-hugging slip. The only thing missing was a post-coital cigarette.
If you were to judge a label purely by its front row than Giambattista Valli was already looking good before the show started. Farida Khelfa, the new face of the still-to-be-launched Schiaparelli label, and embodiment-of-chic Inès de La Fressange were sitting next to each other, role models for aging gracefully.
"I love to get obsessed with things and afterwards change extremely while keeping my identity," said Pedro Lourenco of fall 2013's move away from pink, the dominate color in his spring collection. For fall, Lourenco's inspirations were certainly more ambitious.
The buzz factor Monday? Collections that start with "S." So whether critics were loving the party-in-the-back looks at Sacai or the subversive haberdashery at Stella McCartney, or just trying to make sense of what it is that went down the runway at Saint Laurent, they were talking.
A Chanel runway show is a feast for the eyes. Luckily, in this world of immediate online imagery, we can pull details out that we otherwise would have missed--possibly because we were too busy staring at that huge globe the whole time. While Karl Lagerfeld didn't send anything quite as dramatic as that hula hoop bag from spring 2013 down this morning's runway, there were still plenty of items worth discussion--and worth a million street style snaps, we're sure.
It's difficult to build a luxury brand from scratch. Especially in this decade, when conglomerates rely on century-old names to plump their bottom lines, and out-of-the-box talents like Nicolas Ghesquiere and Christian Lacroix are seen as challenge to retailers rather than a blessing. But after two years and six seasons, socially conscious luxury label Maiyet is carving out a commendable niche for itself in the crazy world of fashion and retail.
Who run the world? Karl. And Chanel, of course. For Chanel's fall 2013 collection, designer Karl Lagerfeld had a massive rotating globe installed in the center of the Grand Palais. Tiny double 'C' flags dotted the globe indicating Chanel stores all over the world. There are a lot of 'em. That was the message today: Chanel is a worldwide brand for a globetrotting gal.
One thing needs to be said, it’s not easy to be Bill Gaytten right now. After Galliano’s “Hasidic” incident in the tabloids, Gaytten is somewhat treated like the son of a dictator. Gaytten is, in many ways, the polar opposite of Galliano.
After all the backlash leading up to and following Hedi Slimane's debut show for Saint Laurent--the rebranding of the name and ensuing confusion, the exclusion of various top editors from the show, the Twitter tirade directed at Cathy Horyn--what to expect from his second collection? Grunge apparently. And barely a trace of the old Yves Saint Laurent.