Paris Fashion Week comes to an end

06 October 2008

Wow - it's over! Four capitals, too-many-to count shows and feet that are swollen from forcing them into four-inch stiletto heels. But trust Paris to host a whirlwind weekend to end the S/S '09 collections in style. Weren't there? Blame the Eurostar delays and catch up with our need-to-know scoops.

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Londoner Hannah MacGibbon's first collection for Chloe even had French Vogue Editor Carine Roitfeld (and her daughter Julia) cheering from the front row. The right hand woman to Chloe's former genius Phoebe Philo proved herself with a slouchy ‘80s-style collection in a summery fresh colour palette, including a beigy pink which looked remarkably similar to the shade used on Chloe packaging and carrier bags!  

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Fast forward an hour and it felt like we were back in the ‘90s as ‘Supers' Naomi Campbell and Stephanie Seymour took to the sand-covered catwalk for Hermes amidst whoops from the crowd. Their cheers suited the ‘Cowboy chic' look star designer Jean Paul Gaultier had created, complete with black Stetson hats and chaps. But instead of staying around for the celebrations JPG headed across town to a converted Turkish bathhouse to celebrate his (slightly more accessible) collaboration on the bottles of another French institution, Evian.

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Meanwhile the A-lists were out in force at John Galliano. Dita Von Teese looked like she belonged in the show with a theatrical hat that almost rivalled Galliano's huge gilt pirate hats and giant bearskin Buckingham Palace numbers.

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Accessories also ruled the day at Marc Jacob's latest collection for Louis Vuitton. The bead-tassled bags were already being declared spring's new arm candy before they'd even left the catwalk.

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Meanwhile Miu Miu brought us back to reality with a bump, as Miuccia Prada became one of the few designers to overtly reference the economic crisis by using burlap - a fabric that hasn't been seen since the Great Depression - in her muted yet beautiful collection, full of shredded garments and Romanic draping.

And that was it. Toasted with a few glasses of rose champagne the shows were over for another season. All aboard Eurostar for bed, a serious carb session and a week of blissful ballet pumps. More throughout the day...


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