It’s official, I survived my first season of Fashion Weeks in Paris! Women’s Pret-a-Porter (aka PAP/RTW) for the Fall/Winter season of 2014-2015 has finally ended. After a much needed 2 day sleep, I am ready to tell you all about it!
Fashion Week kicked off on Tuesday, February 25th, with our first show being Tex Saverio. I was looking forward to this show especially as I had been working on all of the press releases, website accompaniments, and press packages for the brand. The show was held at Place de la Concorde and was the young Indonesian designer’s first show. Being based in Jakarta, one might think he couldn’t be farther geographically from the hub of the fashion industry, but this hasn’t stopped, or even slowed-down this young and driven designer. Tex Saverio is receiving more and more international acclaim and recognition, which can largely be accredited to some of the big name celebrities who have been photographed in his designs. From Lady Gaga in Harper’s Bazaar, Kim Kardashian in Elle, and Jennifer Lawrence in the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The only thing growing faster than Tex’s ambition is his portfolio of mega starlets.
For more on Tex Saverio and to see the lookbook of the entire collection, click the link below.
Next up was an early morning at Manish Arora. Manish is an extremely talented Indian designer from New Delhi, where he studied at the National Institute of Fashion Technology. After graduating in 1994, having won the Best Student Award, he went on to launch is label “Manish Arora” in 1997 in India. A few years later he participated in India’s first ever Fashion Week held in New Delhi, and later represented his country as the only Indian designer at Hong Kong Fashion Week. His colourful and fun-loving approach to styling and fashion earned him the Best Women’s Prêt Designer at the first ever Indian Fashion Awards in 2004, and the designer’s choice Best Collection Award the following year in Miami. Needless to say, we were all looking forward to arriving at the show and seeing what kind of magic Manish had cooked up to delight us with this season!
Unfortunately, the morning of the show was not sharing our same enthusiasm. It was an absolutely dismal day in Paris with rain that whipped around you from every direction, rendering your umbrella completely useless, and leaving you with a look of pathetic optimism (“Maybe, just maybe, if the rain stops battering me like an invisible ninja and falls the way it’s supposed to fall…as in… a downward direction, I’ll sure be thankful I have this umbrella!”). Luckily I wasn’t the only one who arrived soaked and bedraggled to the beautiful Palais de Tokyo! After a quick attempt at drying off , making myself slightly more presentable, and watching numerous girls trying to dry their hair under the hand dryer in the washroom, I flitted off backstage for a well deserved coffee!
Talk about a cleanse of palate! Nothing could have been more opposite from the gloomy, grey, day we were having outside! Backstage at Manish was a complete EXPLOSION of colours, prints, and textures. Described in their press release as being a gypsy/bohemian nomad made of gummy bears, candy canes, the collection truly was a combination of all things delicious and sweet. I was blown away by the incredible details from the styling, the music, hair, to makeup, right down to the finger nails – this collection and the show was by far the highlight of my fashion week! The venue was packed, and it became essential to take control of the squirming crowd. The anticipation for the show to begin was heightened by the endless melody of the Candy Crush theme music being played throughout the venue.
For more on Manish Arora or to see the lookbook of the entire collection, click the link below.
After the show we dashed out to brave the storm once more to return to the office for a quick rest before the long and eventful evening ahead of us. Even with the weather as miserable as it was, the rain stopped for the briefest moment and I couldn’t help but stop and snap some pictures.
That same evening we set off to the Gosia Baczynska show which was held directly beside the Lanvin show (!!!!!) at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts. (Oh don’t worry, we Queened out knowing we were “that” close to Alber Elbaz and Rihanna. Hey, a few hundred yards is beyond closer than I’d ever have imagined I’d be to any of this!) The location at les Beaux Arts was beautiful, with it’s enormous stone tiles, courtyards, nude sculptures and crypts. Gosia Baczynska is proudly the first Polish designer promoted in the French Fashion official Calendar. She kept the Grey Goose flowing (an excellent sponsorship choice), and was supported by Polish Supermodel Anja Rubik sitting front row.
For more on Gosia Baczynska or to see the complete lookbook for the collection, click the link below.
After the show we dashed quickly to the ultra chic Silencio Nightclub for the Manish Arora after party! Even though pictures were strictly prohibited, we managed to snap a few beauties to commemorate an excellent evening where the alcohol was as free as the guests inhibitions.
Needless to say the next day the entire office was suffering and working at a slightly slower pace than usual. 😉