Molten metals, one of this season’s hottest trends, practically oozed off the spring/summer 2014 runway in all of its iridescent glory. But let’s be honest: Head-to-toe lamé is a tad more challenging to pull off in real life. The non-committal way to work the trend? With a shimmery scarf. Inspired by the Lanvin runway, here’s how you can inject a touch of luminosity into your look without diving into a pool of megawatt shine.
Fashion Month is like a month-long, four-city marathon that calls for a complete immersion in all things fashion. And as of this week, the fourth (and final) leg of the fall/winter 2014 shows has come to a close. Following New York, (ICYMI: here are our 125 favorites from NYFW), the industry crossed the pond to take in key collections from London Fashion Week, like Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum, Tom Ford, and Peter Pilotto, before it was off to see the shows that sizzled in Milan, from Prada to Roberto Cavalli (whose runway was literally on fire).
Finally, in Paris, fashion favorites like Phoebe Philo’s Celine and Raf Simon’s Dior, amazed again and again with each passing look. And the moment we had all been waiting for: Nicolas Ghesquière debuted his first collection for luxury powerhouse Louis Vuitton and didn’t disappoint.
To see our favorite standout moments from the European shows, flip through our mega-gallery of 100 runway looks from London, Milan, and Paris.
Pictured, from left to right: Shoes seen at the Chanel, Dior, and Iris van Herpen runways.
In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson shares his favorite fashion moment of the week, and explains how it could shape styles to come. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday.
The Moment: Shoes! There’s rarely a fashion week when we’re not wowed by the fancy footwear as much as by the clothes, but the Paris collections this week offered a rare glimpse of a major change in shoes. From the editors in the front rows to the models on the fall runways, the direction is overwhelmingly toward flats, which will probably be welcome news to orthopedists and podiatrists, not to mention anyone who’s braved the recent weather in stilettos.
All fashion month long, we were treated to some eye candy even before a runway show started. Celebrities turned out to show their support and admiration at the hottest runway shows and we kept a tab on their fashion-focused travels—from New York to Paris. There were some front row regulars like Olivia Palermo, and even Kanye West, but some newbies hit the scene, too. Fashion favorite and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie sat side-by-side yesterday at the Miu Miu show in Paris—one of the last shows of fashion month. And we’d say, it went out with a bang.
In between walking for the Chanel and Givenchy shows during Paris Fashion Week, Kendall Jenner found time to soak up some culture with a visit to the city’s famed Louvre museum. She went for the full Left Bank intellectual look, complete with sunglasses, dark jeans, scarf, and coat (part of British tailor Timothy Everest’s line for Superdry), lightening up the sober ensemble with Topshop’s stacked heel-pointy toe ABA ankle boots in bright cobalt blue. Love Jenner’s look? Pick up her coat ($500) at superdry.com and boots ($190) at topshop.com for yourself now.
Want more from Paris Fashion Week? Go inside the “crazy chic” Chanel fall 2014 show in our gallery now.
Designer: Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton
Location: Cour Carree du Louvre, Paris
What was it like: There was a stir of emotion and excitement among the crowd in anticipation of Ghesquière’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton. It was clear that the designer felt it, too. On everyone’s seat rested a lovely type-written note acknowledging the moment and saluting his predecessor Marc Jacobs: “Today is a new day. A big day. You are about to witness my first fashion show for Louis Vuitton. Words cannot express exactly how I am feeling at this moment…Above all, immense joy at being here, in the knowledge that my stylistic expression is at one with the Louis Vuitton philosophy.” So it was poetically fitting when the metal blinds opened, letting in a flood of light that signified the start of the show and perhaps, symbolically, the start of a new LV era.
Why we love this collection: In the show notes, Ghesquière shared his quest for timelessness and a commitment to honoring the LV legacy. With his fall 2014 collection, he succeeded in both. With A-line silhouettes and pieces washed in sepia, there were vintage undertones that played on aesthetics from the ’60s and ’70s—yet, the looks were very 21st century. His use of leather specially made the line-up feel modern and fresh, from unexpected leather detailing to sexy leather bodices. And the accessories! Traditional LV luggage were reduced to mini trunk purses, Chelsea boots were splashed with the LV logo, and knotted strappy ankle boots were made wearable in assorted leathers.
Today marks the end of Paris Fashion Week—and fashion month—and we can’t help but wish we were there for one final hurrah. From a massive archway made of white roses and orchids at the Repossi jewelry presentation, to the dance party down the Stella McCartney runway led by models Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls, we have loved watching every moment. Aside from a packed schedule of stunning shows, Paris Fashion Week brought us star-studded front rows, out-of-this-world street style looks, creative runway sets, and gorgeous springtime scenery.
As if you weren’t longing to be in the City of Lights already, we have compiled some of the most beautiful and exciting moments from this week in Paris. Rihanna making an appearance at what seemed like every major show? Check. The cherry blossoms in full bloom in front of the Eiffel Tower? Check. Major supermodels like Gisele Bündchen hitting the runway? Check.
The choice of music (a song by Skream called “Copy Cat”) made a statement. So did the models and the decoration of the venue. Of course, the clothes spoke volumes. But the most exceptional, and endearing, expression that was to be found this morning at the debut collection of Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton — the most hotly anticipated fashion moment of the season — was a note left by the designer (pictured) on the seat of every guest.
“Today is a new day,” the note began in a typewriter font. “A big day. You are about to witness my first fashion show for Louis Vuitton.”