Paris Fashion Week, the season’s grand finale, marked the pinnacle of Spring 2012’s trend evolution. It also hosted a spirited round of backstage fun (see: shoe phones, Nina Ricci), and plenty of style-savvy Ford models taking to the streets between shows. Check it all out here, in our Paris Fashion Week Wrap-Up.
Here are a few of our favorite things coming out of Paris today:
Paris ended in a resounding success for models represented by Ford Models just as Milano, London, and New York did before it. Spread over eight days Paris Fashion Week is slightly more forgiving than its Milanese counterpart, but only ever so slightly. In practice, however that extra day of Paris did not innoculate models or the legion of creatives dispatched to make the models runway-ready from 18 hour days, 2 AM fittings, or the interminable Parisian traffic. Paris was serious. And, yes, Paris did burn. Throughout the week, however it was arguably Ford’s 30-odd models that made the City of Light a blinder.
Ford’s very own Karolin Wolter has made an in-agency switch to plus-size modeling. With past runs in shows such as Marc Jacobs, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent, Wolter was an ascending star before taking the past few seasons off. Now she returns to the scene with Ford+.
Tuesday evening Julia Nobis opened the Alexander McQueen show at 5 bis rue Curial in Paris. True to the house’s roots, the show coursed with elements of the romantic and technological, which can be seen in the video on the Alexander McQueen Web site. Sarah Burton‘s third ready-to-wear collection since its founder’s death demonstrates just how well she has settled into her role as the label’s designer. Andie Arthur, Hanne Gaby, Sigrid Agren, and Kate Kosushkina also featured in this show. [AlexanderMcQueen.com]
Staid classics like preppy loafers and golf get-ups may have spawned the look, but tassels got a major update for Fall. Designers strung them on everything from skirts to bags, blowing up the decorative bunches of fringe to oversize proportions – as at Burberry Prorsum – to make the ornamentation the main attraction. Click below to get shopping for some pretty passementerie.
Here’s what we loved out of Paris today:
Our partnership with Altamira‘s Craig Arend continues apace. The lensman (and model aficionado) is shooting the scene in Paris, capturing our favorite ladies en route from makeup chair to runway and back again.
Iconic Sixties label Courrèges will be returning to the fashion fold soon. New owners bought the house earlier this year and are in a race to get it back to top form. The e-commerce site launches next month. [WWD]