Paris Fashion Week, Fall 2008: Chloe: After two seasons of bringing his own point of view to the house of Chloe, Paolo Melim Andersson delved back into the archives. Back to the floral-printed chiffon dresses when Karl Lagerfeld designed for the house in the '70s, and back to the floaty embroidery of Phoebe Philo earlier this decade.
Kanye West and his wife Alexis had a busy old time in Paris last week as they attended an impressive amount of shows, however, it seems there's one show that even Kanye can't blag his way in to; Balenciaga. The notoriously strict guest list did not allow for the US rapper but he doesn’t mind.
“I totally love and respect any designer that won't let me come 2 there show... it's their show... they don't owe me anything... Balenciaga is one of the illest lines right now and I don't feel any type of way about not getting in!”
Maybe Kanye is mellowing out in his old age. He also admits that fashion is his first love, are we expecting a collection from him soon?
Ah, Paris — the Eiffel Tower, the fashion, the romance and ... the baguettes! Jessica Alba is a girl after my own heart, enjoying the fine food that the French have to offer during a break from all those fashion shows over the weekend. Taking a walk around an antique market in Clignancourt Puces, the pregnant actress kept it cool and casual (or should that be warm and casual, what with the scarf and hat combo?) in contrast to the fancy threads she wore to check out Fendi with Rihanna.
If you're a fan of Jessica's red carpet style then you'll be pleased to know that a high street version of the Marchesa number she wore to the Oscars should be available in the next 4-5 weeks at a much more wallet-friendly price than the original.
I wonder if Jessica picked up any pieces for the nursery during her stroll around the market? I guess antiques in a baby's room would be kind of odd, but there are plenty of other ways to pimp your crib ...
MK, Rihanna and Jessica Enjoy Kanye's FIRST Passion in Paris Paris Fashion Week went out with a bang with this weekend's star studded front rows galore. Jessica Alba covered up her baby bump standing next to a much taller Rihanna to check out Fendi. You guys seemed pretty evenly split as to whether Amy Winehouse deserved the $1 million paycheck to perform for the runway show, but at least she showed up.
I must confess to having a particular soft spot for French designer Sonia Rykiel. Her designs are always so young, interesting and fun without being completely unwearable, this season is no exception. Paris Fashion Week came to a close yesterday marking the end of the major Autumn/Winter catwalk shows but I couldn't let it pass without showing you Rykiel's designs.
Much of the collection took inspiration from London's Pearly Kings and Queens, modernised with a shot of colour. These dresses were adorned with bright coloured buttons with sparkly round glasses to match. Later in the collection this was developed as bright applique was used to create pictures on shift dresses including what appeared to be an image of Chrissy Hynde! The possible image of Hynde nodded to the punk era and vintage styling.
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Viktor & Rolf Just Say No, No, No: Amy Winehouse isn't the only one saying no, no, no to something. Designing duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren took their Fall '08 collection as an opportunity to be full-on negative. "We love fashion, but it's going so fast. We wanted to say 'No' this season," the duo said. Fab US have all the coverage...
This season, Paris Fashion Week has contained a slightly controverisal level of fur (for example, Jean Paul Gaultier). Obviously Stella McCartney was not one to conform sticking to her morals and creating her usual vegan line. However, that was probably the only 'usual' element of her Autumn/Winter collection which saw McCartney venturing in to new ground.
It was a bit hit and miss with elements of McCartney's best work, namely tailoring, mixed in with a few pieces which appeared to be slightly out of place, for example a shapeless, shield emblazoned dress. There were very definitive section as the collection did not flow together well. Highlights include a section with a very sensual feel which involved uber-short mini dresses in lace, and peekaboo chiffon. Jessica Stam made an appearance in a beaded mini-dress with off the shoulder detailing.
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Last week Cavalli revealed his plans for World domination which began last night with the launch of his Just Cavalli store in Paris. The party was part of Paris Fashion Week which is currently taking place in the French Capital.
Celebrities such as Dita von Teese, and Kanye West with his wife Alexis Phifer were on hand to help him party, although it looks like he's having enough fun on his own! Cavalli dressed a number of women for the Oscar's red carpet including Kelly Preston, Jennifer Hudson and Heidi Klum. The new store is at 50, Rue Faubourg St Honoré, Paris.