My Paris Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

Paris was the final stop on the Spring 2012 tour bus, so here are my Top 11 looks from the shows I attended plus my highs and lows from Paree.


Top 5 Shows: Balmain (a return to brilliance under a new designer), Elie Saab (award season gowns galore), Chloe (I want every piece), Alexander McQueen (I still have goose bumps) and Andrew Gn (Parisian elegance at its finest).

More Shows: I do very well in New York, so-so in London (despite living there) and very well in Milan, but Paris Fashion Week has always been a tough nut to crack. This season I finally felt embraced with first invites from Isabel Marant, Balmain, Alexander McQueen, Sonia Rykiel and Chloé.

Alexander McQueen re-see: The day after the McQueen show I attended the re-see. I was even more blown away to see the collection up close. The pieces are so delicate and I was amazed at the couture-like workmanship that goes into each piece. The commercial collection provides Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with many wearable options. I think the new ‘Sedna’ clutch with a hidden skull clasp will become the new celebrity red carpet favourite.

Reader Love: After Chloé, Tina from and I went to L’Imperial for a bottle (or two) of rosé. I was approached by two lovely ladies who told me how much they loved my blog and how they read it every day. They were so sweet and we took pictures together. It was really moving and by far my favourite moment of Fashion Month.

Andrew Gn: Sitting front row at Andrew Gn proudly wearing a look from his Fall 2011 collection.


Fashion Flu: Every season I always get sick at some point during Fashion Month. Thankfully, the weather had been amazing in each city, but on the second-to-last day I caught the flu, as the toll of running around, waiting for shows to start in 100 degree weather and eating crap on the go finally caught up with me. Despite that, I can’t wait to do it all again next season.

More Blogger Drama: When will it end? This time blogger X accused blogger Y of stealing her invite to a show. Turns out blogger X hadn’t collected her ticket in the first place and had no one to blame but herself.

Who Wore Chanel Better? Saoirse Ronan or Clemence Poesy

Who Wore Chanel Better? Saoirse Ronan or Clemence Poesy

Alexandra Burke In River Island - 'You Are The Big Picture' Campaign

Alexandra Burke In River Island – ‘You Are The Big Picture’ Campaign

45 Responses to My Paris Fashion Week – Highs & Lows

  1. Laura October 8, 2011 at 10:29 #

    Hello, I was in Paris during Fashion week and I went to see the entrance to the Loewe show after work. I went just to see the people get in. AND I SAW YOU! wearing a beautifull orange long dress: I didn’t dare to approach you because I thought “She might get that all the time!”, Now I regret not having said anything to you and tell you that I read your blog several times a day (I am hooked!)

    • Fashion Critic October 8, 2011 at 13:01 #

      What a shame. It would’ve been nice to meet you x

  2. rebecca October 8, 2011 at 06:38 #

    If It’s not too much to ask, your one favorite look from Spring 2012? 🙂

    • Fashion Critic October 8, 2011 at 09:10 #

      Too hard to pick one

  3. Lindsay October 8, 2011 at 05:18 #

    Thank you for the fabulous coverage of Paris Fashion Week! Great job! My favorite has to be Elie Saab….so insanely gorgeous!

  4. smolls October 7, 2011 at 23:13 #

    Thank you for your impeccable coverage of fashion month…you’re posts are always so detailed & I can’t get enough! 🙂
    Now I just can’t wait until these gowns get some use on the red carpet!

  5. 00o00 October 7, 2011 at 21:59 #

    i love reading your fashion gossips! now who is blogger x??

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 23:45 #


  6. Dirk October 7, 2011 at 21:54 #

    Great coverage, FC! I’m so jealous! i love the city of Paris, plus, Fashion Week must be pretty amazing.

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 23:45 #

      It is. I can’t wait for February

  7. Cheryl October 7, 2011 at 17:15 #

    Thank you for the thorough coverage!
    Just wanna let u know i read your blog every morning after I brush my teeth, before leaving for school. If it’s a weekend I will be spending the morning lying in my bed reading the blog if there’s any updates 🙂

    You’re a humorous and witty writer, complemented by your beauty and lovely personality 🙂

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 18:23 #

      You are so kind.

      It was my pleasure. I had a blast

  8. artemis October 7, 2011 at 17:06 #

    I totally agree with you FC!
    We all have something to learn through any kind of connection with different persons but not many people have the same attitude.. to bad for them 😉


  9. artemis October 7, 2011 at 16:47 #

    I agree with everybody here and I want to thank you too :-)!!..
    I love your blog not only because your posts are amazing but because you have a true conection with you followers. You are one of a few, if not the only big blogger, who posts answers to your comments..I appreciate it very much and I feel that you are a good, sweet person! I feel that you truly deserve anything you get!! I wish you a good rest! 🙂

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 16:55 #

      Thanks for your comment

      I think it’s really important to have a dialogue with you guys. I learn from you as much as you may learn from me.

  10. mm October 7, 2011 at 16:20 #

    FC Thanks for the amazing coverage!! I am a lil sad it’s over…

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 16:50 #

      Me too…but I’m happy to be able to sleep in my own bed for the first time in a month 😀

  11. Ayesha Fatima October 7, 2011 at 15:30 #

    It’s great to see things going so well for you,may you attend many more shows next season.And your picks are excellent,that McQueen look and the Valentino are one of my favourites too.

  12. Smilla October 7, 2011 at 15:26 #

    Oh là là !!!!!!
    Thank you so much for your kindness upon meeting us !
    Catherine, you are beautiful and elegant ! (By the way your outfit was amazing 😉 ).
    It will remain for us a very, very precious moment.
    Ismahane and Wadia

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 15:48 #

      Thank you so much. It was such a pleasure and an honour to meet you xxx 😀

  13. Lucía October 7, 2011 at 15:07 #

    “This time blogger X accused blogger Y of stealing her invite to a show. Turns out blogger X hadn’t collected her ticket in the first place and no one to blame but herself.” I didn’t know this blogger drama even existed lol

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 15:16 #

      Yes…drama, drama, drama

  14. Jones19 October 7, 2011 at 15:00 #

    These high and low posts are my favorite. Love it.

  15. rebecca October 7, 2011 at 14:57 #

    If I were in the same room as you or in the same place as you were in I’d DEFINITELY without a hesitation tell you in person how much I appreciate this blog and ask for a picture! I think we all would 🙂 But since unfortunately that’s very unlikely to happen I might as well just tell you on here for the fiftieth time 🙂 THANK YOU SO MUCH for your blog and especially your fashion month coverage, I literally refresh your page every fifteen minutes to see if you’ve posted something new or not! Keep it up FC 🙂 x

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 15:49 #

      Thank you… it’s so much fun

      I don’t know what I would do without it. 😀

      • rebecca October 7, 2011 at 17:04 #

        And PS, do you know how designers are ALWAYS influenced on the same thing in a collection? When I read the reviews on, in this season it was marine life and oceans and things like that for so many big designers, but I wonder how they get the same inspiration on the same season?

        • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 18:25 #

          Im not sure.

          I think stylists or advisors set the tone for the season, or certain trends come around every certain number of years

        • Trend forecasting has a lot to do with that. There are agencies that specialise in predicting trends about 18 to 24 months in advance and the ALL work with one of those services in one way or another. Well, pretty sure Alaia and Chalayan don’t. Karl might be above it, too.

          The other factor are the fabric mills who produce their collections way before the designers do and indirectly influence the outcome, too. Not all of them design their own patterns etc.

  16. TeaAtTwo October 7, 2011 at 14:47 #

    Happy to hear you’re going from strength to strength.

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 15:49 #

      thank you x

  17. Kath October 7, 2011 at 14:44 #

    You seem to have had such an amazing month FC, and thoroughly deserved! Well done again for all the brilliant coverage!
    Do you have a personal favorite of the fashion weeks, or do you get equally excited for each city?

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 15:50 #

      Yes. I have learned so much and met many amazing people in the industry.

      I think Milan is my favourite.

  18. T from Sydney October 7, 2011 at 14:30 #

    how many shows did you go to for the entire month??

    a very BIG thank you for tweeting and blogging for fashion month while blogging about looks on the red carpet.

    cant wait till next season and i hope you get to see even more shows!!

    get well soon sock up on the vitamins, i take them every day and never get the cold.

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 15:51 #

      wow…lost count.

      I will have to add it up one day because now I’m curious 😀

      Taking vitamins and lemsip…should be back to normal by Monday xxx

  19. fromchi-town October 7, 2011 at 14:30 #

    Great job FC. I love to read your recaps and the McQueen pieces blew me away too. Rest up FC, you deserve a break!!

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 15:51 #

      Thanks. Gonna have a very quiet weekend. x

  20. Lee Ann October 7, 2011 at 14:22 #

    Thank you. as I was travelling , i couldn’t attend Milan or Paris so again thank you for your coverage. Will take a look at Balmain. We will have to agree to disagree on Chloe or maybe it was better in person -I don’t know but on the whole I thought SS’12 was pretty disappointing.

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 15:52 #

      That is a shame.

      What did you think about Dior? I know you weren’t to fond of their last few outings.

      • Lee Ann October 7, 2011 at 15:57 #

        I liked the autunn winter 11 but was not happy with couture. I thought it wa safe pretty and very wearable but I thought that it lacked a point of view which given the pricetags it must have. i cannot wait till they get a designer. i am secreyly hoping Galiano comes back

  21. Mreid October 7, 2011 at 13:46 #

    I so love when you do this recap. Had I seen you in Paris, I too would have been giving you groupie love. Can’t wait for next season. In the meantime FC my dear, rest up well and drink lots of juice.

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 14:01 #

      thanks. Will do x

  22. Elaine2 October 7, 2011 at 13:34 #

    Great to read your recap of the Paris show. Sounds like a lot of fun – AND you took us with you! Thanks!!!

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 13:42 #

      my pleasure x

  23. maria October 7, 2011 at 13:34 #

    Glad you had fun! Balmain was really very glam this season! thanks for the fabulous coverage!!

    • Fashion Critic October 7, 2011 at 13:43 #

      thank you. Glad you enjoyed it x

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