All posts under ‘Paris Fashion Week Fall 2012’


Q&A: Sébastien Peigné and Nicola Formichetti of Mugler are bringing sexy back

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Sébastien Peigné and Nicola Formichetti of Mugler

Strategic cut-outs, thigh-high slits and body-con shapes: Sébastien Peigné and Nicola Formichetti of Mugler are bringing sexy back.

Reviving Mugler is a monster task. After designer Thierry Mugler took his final runway bow at his couture show in July 2000, this kinky house of cool (remember Demi Moore’s bondage-style dress in 1993’s Indecent Proposal?) started flatlining. Ten years later, the resuscitation began. In 2010, following months of speculation, Nicola Formichetti (Lady Gaga’s stylist) was tapped to lead the revival of the French house known for its over-the-top theatricality and sex appeal. Besides outfitting Mother Monster, this 34-year-old half-Italian, half-Japanese, techno-savvy superstar is also the fashion director for Vogue Hommes Japan and global retailer Uniqlo. His debut Mugler womenswear show during Fall 2011 Paris Fashion Week had the twitterverse buzzing about its latex-dipped leggings, body-stocking dresses and the catwalk pièce de résistance: Gaga, smoking in every sense of the word.

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PFW Style Snaps: Last looks from outside Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, Dianna Agron, and Coco Rocha

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Photography by Lewis Mirrett

It’s only fitting that the last of our snaps from Paris should include so many queens of fashion—the queen of big screen fashion, Sarah Jessica Parker, the queen of fashion media, Anna Wintour, the queen of fashion pop, Katy Perry, the queen of the current front rowers, Virginie Courtin-Clarins, and the queen of vintage inspiration, Catherine Deneuve. Enjoy today’s visual feast, and be sure to come back next week when we share our snaps from Toronto.

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PFW Style Snaps: We spot Katy Perry, Leigh Lezark, Baptiste Giabiconi, and Poppy Delevingne outside Chanel and Chloé

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Photography by Lewis Mirrett

We’re just about ready to pass style snapping off to Toronto, but before we do, we’ve got two more extra special photo galleries to share! Today, we give you this glorious selection caught from outside the Chanel and Chloé shows. Tomorrow, we’ll present our last batch from outside Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu. Stay tuned, lovelies!

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PFW Diary: A train, the Louvre, and Louis Vuitton’s stellar fall collection

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Photography by Peter Stigter

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“When the clock strikes 10, the train will pull into the station,” read the show notes for Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2012 runway show. Well, the train arrived about 8 minutes late, but pull into the station it did—a full-on locomotive chugging into a tent in a courtyard of the Louvre, pulling a passenger car full of models.

As each girl stepped off the train she was accompanied by a bellman carrying her oversized Vuitton bags tipped in goat, mink, ostrich, and croc. These weren’t the type of ladies who travel in steerage. Even the simplest A-line coat or pea jacket had enormous jewelled buttons.
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PFW Style Snaps: We spot Paul McCartney, Lindsey Wixson, Alicia Keys, Salma Hayek, and Cara Delevingne outside Stella McCartney

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Photography by Lewis Mirrett

The fact that we spotted Paul (that’s Sir, to you!) McCartney outside his daughter’s show should really be enough, but no. We got Alicia Keys, Salma Hayek, and every gorgeous model leaving the show with their vibrant blue lashes, too! We’re feeling pretty happy with ourselves right now…

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PFW Diary: All the volume (and we mean volume) at yesterday’s Alexander McQueen show

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Photography by Peter Stigter


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“You want volume? I’ll give you volume.” That seemed to be Sarah Burton’s thinking for the Fall 2012 Alexander McQueen collection. The show opened with white jacquard skirt suits featuring fluffy collars that extended from chin to elbow then moved into doily dresses with arcing sleeves and hips. Pink puffballs of Mongolian lamb—Burton’s suggestion for a coat—were nipped with concave silver bow belts. 3-D roses covered a cocktail dress with wide ostrich-feather hems, and the show ended with an explosion of tulle layers.

Shoes, if you could call them shoes, were heel-less and rocked on a curved metal base. Trimmings included visor-like metal glasses and white fur from ankle to knee. Ever since McQueen’s suicide two years ago, Burton has been delivering McQueen drama without the angst—the trend continues.


PFW Diary: The dispatch from the super shiny Chanel show

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Photography by Peter Stigter


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The crystals rising from the gravely floor of the Grand Palais were the first clue that today’s Chanel show was going to be about shine—and was it ever. Fabrics and trims literally glistened from top to toe—from the models crusty brows to the crystals on their Lucite heels.

In between, amethyst bits covered the shoulders of a jacquard top, sequins lined the hood of a crisp bomber, and wide metal collars like small breastplates were tucked under suit jackets. Prism motifs included jewel-tone prints, seaming on a grey flannel coat, plastic-y appliqués on another coat, and geometrics carved into shearling. Reflective fabrics included a blue crinkly foil blouse, crushed-velvet stovepipe pants, and some sort of silver weave, probably lurex, for pantsuits.
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PFW Diary: Stefano Pilati says au revoir with an almost entirely black final collection at Yves Saint Laurent

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Photography by Peter Stigter


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“He sure is going out with a bang,” said the retailer sitting next to me, summing up Stefano Pilati’s final collection for Yves Saint Laurent.

Black suit after black suit—each one chicer and stricter than the next—opened the show, then life-size calla lilies in purple and green jacquard began appearing from head to toe. Those same hues gleamed in chain-link dresses, leather turtlenecks, and in a sort of stained-glass effect on the platforms and heels of pumps and boots. The mesh was also used as trim at the necklines of evening gowns and jumpsuits. Pilati took his bow to cheers, leaving a mood of hollow sadness in the room.


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