What you need to know about AW15 Paris Fashion Week

Ooh, la la it’s Paris Fashion Week! Snoop Dogg kickstarts the party at Etam, Hermès, Nina Ricci and Guy Laroche debut new designers and John Galliano returns to the runways

By Liz Bautista | Published: 4 Mar 2015

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After New York, London and Milan, the fashion world turns its eyes on Paris, where the final stretch of the Autumn/Winter 2015 shows happens from 3–11 March. The week-long festivities kicked off yesterday with Snoop Dogg dropping it like it’s (still) hot while surrounded by bubbles and half-naked models on the Etam catwalk. Apart from the 43-year-old rapper the show, held at Piscine Molitor, also featured performances by The Ting Tings and Major Lazer with Diplo.

From lingerie, Jacquemus took it a step further with a rather NSFW (but super cool) runway showcase that included four topless models. So European. French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus is on the prestigious LVMH Prize short list for 2015, and with the judging scheduled for this Thursday, we’re pretty sure the former Comme des Garçons sales associate made quite an impression.

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After collaborating on a capsule collection for Versus, Donatella Versace showed her support for Anthony Vaccarello by sitting front row at the Italian-Belgian fashion designer’s own show. Models came out in face "tattoos" wearing cowboy-inspired pieces, which Anthony credits to his recent visits to the US. 

Aside from Jacquemus's #freethenipple-esque spectacle and Anthony Vaccarello’s all-American dream, buzz centred around the new designers at Hermès, Nina Ricci and Guy Laroche. Central Saint Martins graduate Adam Andrascik is scheduled to show his first collection for Guy Laroche on Wednesday, while Guillaume Henry, the designer credited for reviving French label Carven, will debut at Nina Ricci on Saturday. Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, who took over from Christophe Lemaire at Hermès, is also launching her first collection. Thirty-six-year-old Nadège has previously worked under Phoebe Philo at Céline and started her career at Maison Martin Margiela.

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Speaking of Margiela, all eyes will definitely be on John Galliano again this week. After a three-and-a-half year hiatus following his anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris café, the British designer made his catwalk comeback with a couture collection in January in London. On Friday, he will show his first ready-to-wear collection for Maison Margiela.

There are 92 shows scheduled this week, and some 50 additional events. (If you are in Paris today, don't miss J.W. Anderson and Kids director Larry Clark promoting their new book at the Colette store.) With all that and so much more going on, this season’s Paris Fashion Week is shaping up to be an exciting one.


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