It’s a Chanel world after all: with a huge globe sitting in the centre of the Grand Palais this morning spinning around with CC flags all over it was clear that we are on planet Chanel. There were high collars on tweed aviatior coats, fluffy pink and teal hats to match, biker boots dripping with chains. There was glossy patent boots riding high up the leg to meet a mini or pleated skirt with more beautiful coats in pink and black and either belted or cocoon-soft. Little Chanel bags were boxy and bright in pink and yellow and blue or were small globe shapes to continue the worldly theme. It was a sparkly collection, so why not add a shiny, glittery eye?
Phoebe Philo showed a Celine collection for a/w 2013 that added a new layer of femininity and refinement. It was insanely elegant. There were beautiful grey cardigan capes that knotted at the front as if they were separate garments but they weren’t. Shapes were serene and soft, gorgeous coats of peach and pink and gently ballooning proportions and jumpers that were shorter at the front than they were at the back in slate and navy. It was so effortless and so wearable.
Isabel Marant returned to her Parisian roots for A/W 2013 with a relatively understated collection based on comfort and layering. Marant mostly used monochromes, opening the show with a series of navy looks before progressing into ivory and black. The silhouette was tight and stretchy, with leggings done in leather and suede, fitted sweaters and dresses with multiple hemlines. The evolution of Marant’s hit hidden wedge sneaker continues – this time in strappy, furry bootie versions.