ELLE Editor-in-Chief's Paris Fashion Week diary: Day 6
The Saint Laurent runway resembles a rock concert, while Hermès is inspired by all things equestrian
I finally got a late start today (read: sleep in), with my first show at 4.30pm for Hermès and was happily greeted by trays of champagne at the venue. The show space was appropriate for an equestrian-inspired collection, at the stable of the Horse Guards at the Garde Republicaine. In fact, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski referenced a lot of the house's signature codes for her debut collection. Leather, printed scarves, a strong riding spirit and, of course, the highest level of impeccable class and luxury.
My favourite looks include a saddle pad-inspired blouson in brick red quilted calfskin, lambskin dungarees paired with a man's white shirt and turtleneck, a half-leather half-printed silk scarf skirt and a Rocabar rug-inspired coat in double-faced cashmere.
The new bag from Hermès (Photo: Imaxtree.com)
A new bag also debuted at the show, the chic and geometrical Octogone bag that is bound to be a new classic. It was a respectful turn for Nadège, who wholly embraced the heritage of the brand, but also put her own stamp on the collection to update it for her notion of the modern Hermès woman. A strong start to what will undoubtedly become a great relationship between brand and designer. And the rest of the guests at the show, who loudly applauded, cheered and stood up for the designer as she took her bow, will agree with me.
At night, it was off to the Saint Laurent show, which is always like going to the coolest and hippest underground party in town. This season, the Saint Laurent girls were rock stars, walking on a catwalk that ascended and descended before and after the defilé to reveal flashing lights and metal scaffolding to really give a sense of a rock concert.
Frilly edged-up prom dresses paired with mannish blazers, super skinny leather pants with slashes down the leg, coats in pony hair leopard print and bright patchwork furs, and even a one-shouldered LBD that exposed the model's entire left boob. Finished off with heavy Kohl eyeliner, a red-lipped pout and 'bed hair don't care' hairstyles, the collection reeked of quintessential disaffected youth. And it's this cool-girl image that his fans will never stop wanting to buy into. I left the show with a buzz, not dissimilar to the feeling you are left with after moshing in the pit at a concert, and I definitely could not get the show's original song, The Felines' Pretty Boy, out of my head the entire night.
Saint Laurent AW15 (Photo: Imaxtree.com)
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