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 BagSnob.com 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.