PARIS–There are three days left of Paris Fashion Week, and already we’ve seen enough gimmicks around which to plan an entire season of America’s Next Top Model. Of course, the spectacle is half the fun. If we were just looking at clothes, even the most diehard fashion fan would lose interest half way through the nonstop month. So below, a quick list of what’s held our attention so far—not to mention what’s to come at Chanel and Vuitton.
Owens rarely makes it into this kind of roundup, but that wall of fire—and the still-stuck-in-our-head soundtrack—earned him a spot.
While Jane Birkin sat front row, Serge Gainsbourg’s widow, Caroline von Paulus closed the show. Veteran models Marie-Sophie Wilson and Cecilia Chancellor walked, too.
Viktor & Rolf
The designers put their models on a conveyor belt, an actual ANTM challenge.
Bill Gaytten’s clothes were accessorized with giant bird hats.
Dame Westwood staged her Victorian-themed show underneath laser light beams. As if that wasn’t enough, she put one model, smack in the middle of the show, on a bike—wearing platforms.
Between the zig-zagged escalators and the color coded cupcakes, Kenzo was the most gimmicky of them all! And yet, the clothes still managed to stand out.
Alber’s 10th anniversary at the brand deserved a gimmick! To celebrate, editors and buyers were treated to birthday cake pre-show and a lovely rendition of “Que Sera Sera,” sung by Alber himself, post-show.
Never one for subtlety, Arora asked Parisian graffiti artists Rude, Vizion, and Broke to spray paint his set as the models walked down the runway in his bright fall collection.