A PARIS HAUTE COUTURE DIARY: DAY FOUR
words by JVB • Fashion
The final day was filled with diamonds and spectacular creations from Valentino.
Half the day was spent at the beautiful Place Vendome visiting my favorite fine jewelry brands. Traditionally, jewelers show their new collections during Couture Fashion Week as their clients are already in town for the shows and the editors have more time in their schedules than during Pret-a-Porter.
FINE JEWELRY APPOINTMENTS AT PLACE VENDOME
I began with David Yurman. Ah! David, you make my favorite signet rings! A number of his designs are crafted out of old Roman coins and are rooted with deep history. At Louis Vuitton, I see a slight touch of Jeanne of Arc in the pieces. It appears that strong women are very much a theme throughout this years Couture Week. A couple of doors down, Van Cleef & Arpels dazzles with the most impeccable chokers. My newly found love for pearls is also being satisfied.
When I am entering the Petit Palais, I take a moment to admire the architecture. I am so lucky to get to see these beautiful architectural masterpieces while running from show to show. Chanel Haute Joaillerie was a perfect way to end appointments. The collection was inspired by one of Coco’s love affairs.
After a light Lunch at Castiglione Cafe, I do a quick Pharmacie pitstop for myself and my friends back in New York. I loooove French Pharmacies. I usually stock up with Bioderma wipes, Vichy Deodorant and a number of other little goodies that are hard to find in New York. Also, French Medicine is far better than the medicine in the US, so I usually travel back with a small suitcase full of treasures.
Then on to the grand finale!
Loved this collection! Margiela Fall 19 was the epitome of classic - both in color and tailoring. If I had to describe in a nutshell: porter meets Fassbinder, meets Helmut Newton, with a little of Visconti’s, ‘Death in Venice’. Everything I love - totally androgynous.
A very anticipated show. As always, Pierpaolo Piccioli did not disappoint - it was simply stunning. Just when you think the man can not create pieces more beautiful than the last show....he does!
Pierpaolo is a designer who knows how to get everything right: the music, the casting, the fantastic sense of color. This show was a cohesive display of intrigue.
Lauren Hutton, one of the great models of our time, captivated the audience. In her mid-70s, her presence on the runway was a true highlight. The show was closed by my personal model-of-the-moment, Adut Akech, as more than half the crowd wiped tears from their eyes. Dutifully, Pierpaolo shared his final bow with his dames d’atelier. Mr. Valentino gave each a grateful kiss.
Bravo Pierpaolo you make me very happy! I cannot help smiling when I find my way backstage to thank him for having created such beauty inside and out.
My Paris Haute Couture Week ended at the Italian Embassy, for the Valentino after party with Mariacarla Boscono. I finally got to wear the beautiful Valentino dress I had admired for so long.
Then, returning to my most loved room at my most loved hotel, The Peninsula.
Thank you Peninsula! I will be back!