A Paris Fashion Week Diary: Day Five
words by JULIA VON BOEHM • edited by DIANDRA BARSALOU MITCHELL • Fashion Week
THE FASHION WEEK DIARIES: PARIS SPRING 2020 PART FOUR IS ALL ABOUT ARTISTRY, TRYING SOMETHING NEW, AND MY FAVORITE FRONT ROW FAMILY.
Paris Spring Summer 2020
A fashion week diary
This morning on day five, Paris honored the late former president Jacques Chirard, which means the streets were virtually closed, and impossible to maneuver on time. Unfortunately I missed Stella Mccartney and Giambattista Valli, both which I wish I would have seen, so here are my top picks:
Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2020
Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2020
Biologique Recherche Facial
One of my favorite places, the Biologique location in Paris is where the brand was born, and the staff is incredibly skilled and knowledgeable. No matter how stressed or frenetic you are, everything is so relaxing and luxurious at every touchpoint, from the super soft sheets through to the decor. At this point I was so exhausted, I knew I was going to fall asleep and my facialist was very understanding. I had the most hydrating treatment. In my opinion, this is the best institute that exists in my books. Of course I stocked up on product to take home, and as always I will have to buy an extra suitcase to fly back with.
Next, a stop to view Ana Khourie’s beautiful jewelry collection. With a background in fine arts and sculpture, she does classic things with a punk edge so you can wear her pieces without feeling obtuse. One of my favorites was an ear cuff with a dangling emerald pendant.
Holidermie x Melanie Huynh Brunch
I then rushed to celebrate the launch of my friend Melanie Hyunh’s new wellness line, Holidermie. We were treated to HoliFace Yoga— a first for me— while filling out a quick questionnaire that helps the brand create personalized supplements based on your lifestyle and wellness needs. Holidermie’s approach is to provide clean skincare and wellness centered around rituals.
Valentino Spring 2020
In my opinion, the best show of this season. It is always unexpected perfection in the way that Pierpaolo Piccioli’s attention to detail and meticulous dedication to the story of a collection manages to surprise and yet make complete sense. I always find that the order show, while different from what my creative mind would have come up with, takes me on a journey that I couldn’t imagine experiencing in any other way after the final look graces the runway. Every detail is well thought out from the models to the makeup, and there is a true sense of joy and a complete dedication to creativity that can only be executed by someone who has honed their craft and their language. I loved the homage to the idea of a perfect white shirt and how it was turned and shaped into so many dreamy yet stylized looks.
Tabitha Simmons 2020
Next, it was off to the Tabitha Simmons press appointment, which showed us some beautiful brightly hued new colors and silhouettes. I was also just in time to catch the Eiffel tower light up on my way out, which never gets old no matter how many times you see it.
Givenchy Spring 2020
At Givenchy, I sat between my two mentors Carine Roitfeld and Laura Brown, which always guarantees the best time, as being with them is where I feel most at home in the industry. The soundtrack for the show was especially great, with music from Princess Nokia in perfect contrast to some looks and lending a crucial expression of the show’s 90s Paris meets NYC theme to others.