October 4, 2012

Knight, Bishop, King, Queen: This was Paris Fashion Week

Nina Ricci Spring 2013 via style.com
The Knight

The Paris Prêt-à-Porter shows are known for fashion glamour mixed with some Moulin Rouge, a touch of Crazy Horse and  beaucoup de Catherine Deneuve: the sinner/saint philosophy at its most visceral. 

We harbor special affections for designers who manage the glamour à la française with the practicality of actually being able to wear the clothes. Peter Copping for Nina Ricci does both to perfection. He is the knight in shining armour of Paris runways, delivering garments that love women and that women love. His proportions, designs and materials are balletic in their precision creating a choreography of clothes we want to dance in to forever. 

Nina Ricci Spring 2013 via style.com
The Bishop

Back in the day, who held all the powers? It certainly wasn't the King nor the Queen. It was the Church. The Catholic Church. Karl Lagerfeld is the bishop of the fashion industry (he's catholic, he is incredibly ambitious and has his fingers in many many pies) He does Chanel, Fendi, Chloe, his own line, he is a photographer and has a famous cat. If he is spreading himself too thin is a discussion we all love to have at various intervals. The Spring 2013 collection was modestly thrilling but out of 85 pieces shown, only three hit the mark for us.


Chanel Spring 2013
Chanel Spring 2013


The King

Raf Simone was most definitely hailed as the King as fashion writers, editors and bloggers quivered in hot anticipation prior/during/after his first prêt-à-porter collection for Christian Dior.

We found the collection borderline dull. One has to admit that seeing the clothes in movement (live) is a completely different experience than seeing stills or a live stream. The beauty of the fabrics just can't be translated onto the static medium. So we kind of understand the raves from those sitting next to the runway, for the materials Raf Simone used were magical and his tailoring impeccable. That has to be said. In a nutshell, he showed a fabulous collection tennis players (especially Maria Sharapova) will adore.

Christian Dior Spring 2013
Christian Dior Spring 2013
Christian Dior Spring 2013 photos from the Dior show courtesy of vogue.fr

The Queen

Marc Jacobs did checks instead of stripes for Louis Vuitton and we found the entire collection pretty awful.  Seriously, mid-drift bared, pointy shoes and checks in one outfit? Nevertheless, his highness is much beloved and he did better for his eponymous line during New York Fashion week earlier last month. We're sure there is the odd LV bag we'd love to have.

(The yellow background at the LV show is quite unflattering, don't you find? Gives the skin a sickly tinge.)

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013
Louis Vuitton Spring 2013
Louis Vuitton Spring 2013

runways photos of Nina Ricci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel courtesy of style.com and fashionologie.com
runway photos of Christian Dior courtesy of Vogue.fr
for Lola's favorites from Paris Fashion week, check out Lola's pinterest board dedicated to that event

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