Part three, final: 2 Stylists, 1 City and Paris Fashion Week

Continued from Part 1 and Part 2

Sitting among other Valentino show audience was everything I had expected it to be and more. Sitting center of the catwalk’s U-shaped runway allowed for ample collection and fellow guest gazing.

DSC04428Given the opportunity to look onto the quintessentially typical sight of Anna Wintour, famed editor of American Vogue, was surreal. Almost motionless other than tennis-watching head turns, her expressionless face, accentuated by her straight bob and dark-tinted round glasses, is almost foreboding.

Although I resisted pinching myself in coming to the realisation that we shared the same room, it wouldn’t have been done out of awe or respect. Anna Wintour is either ignorant or indifferent to the cruelty behind wearing and promoting fur as a fashionable ‘textile’. Being such a powerfully influential industry player, who chooses to flaunt and warm her icy demeanor in fur, while promoting it in the magazine, is to me and countless others, incredibly irresponsible.

Anna WintourThe Valentino Collection paid homage to many eras of the feminine form. Accentuated by omnipresent close-fitting collars and cuffs, the pieces seemed most appropriately worn by those who seek utmost modesty.

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Valentino’s creative director duo, drew their inspiration from Flemish painters and the strong visual reference and interpretation to a pilgrim culture.

A favourite

For practical street-wear cues that’ll hit our stores come next autumn/winter, look out for heavy lace detail, brocade textiles, strong cobalt blue, the season’s rather predictable black and white, and plenty of capes, long and short.

One of Valentino's inspiration boards, shown backstage
One of Valentino’s inspiration boards, shown backstage

IMG_0164Twilight peeked over the rooftops of the city’s statuesque buildings, well appreciated from our 5th floor balcony views. Our day’s fourth and final outfits were as ready as we were. It was time to join the cocktail party at Valentino’s new flagship store on the designer-lined avenue of Montaigne.

Lynette Cowie, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Chanelle Jackson and Maria Grazia Chiuri
Lynette Cowie, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Chanelle Jackson and Maria Grazia Chiuri

A super and realised opportunity to meet the creative geniuses’ of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, a real pleasure! Thirstily then sipping on mint infused water, Chanelle shared a discreetly humorous moment with a waiter as they witnessed a woman down two glasses of French Champaign in amazingly quick succession. (Perhaps she lost herself in more outfit changes than us).

The store is elegantly spacious, no standing in line necessary!
The store is elegantly spacious, no standing in line necessary!

We were then left to amble through the two-story, multi-roomed space filled with the brand’s signature handbags, sunglasses, footwear, couture lounge and ready-to-wear collections.

As darkness enveloped this beautiful city, it then turned on more of its charm, living up to it’s nickname, “La Ville-Lumière”, meaning “The City of Light.

Early morning and late at night we found ourselves standing tall next to this iconic tower
Early morning and late at night we found ourselves standing tall next to this iconic tower

I was to take Chanelle to her first exclusively vegan fine dining experience, which I’ll certainly share with you in a future post!

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