Backstage at Dior [Jason Lloyd Evans]
With runways so highly saturated in pleasing clothes, debut designer collections and an A-list FROW to rival all others, Paris Fashion Week has been more than fantastic. One thing that we have noticed during the course of the past month’s autumnw/winter 2014 presentations is that the fashion biz appears to have been split into polar opposites – with one half championing all that is classic, investable, timeless and the other creating more instantly covetable, unadulterated fashion moments, complete with novelty items and recognisable prints, fabrics, motifs and accessories.
Either way, imaginations have run wild – from the wardrobe items themselves to the catwalk sets they are seen on. Karl Lagerfeld invited his ticket holders to the chicest supermarket know to man and even managed to make the classic Chanel chain handbags morph into ‘humble’ metal shopping baskets so convincingly that no mortal could doubt for a second that they’d be flying off the shelves in six months’ time. For a more discerning dresser relaxed tailoring prevailed, as did friendly mid heels and a new, easy mod mood surfaced at, amongst others, Louis Vuitton under Nicolas Ghesquiere’s first collection.
Remember the Oscars, that tiny event last weekend? Turns out Jennifer Lawrence took her non-celebrity best friend with her as her date and that that pal – Laura Simpson – has written a hilarious essay about what the Academy Awards are really like.
Despite being loaned a Dior dress for the night (lucky!), Laura describes how she had a full-on freak out the night before the event, panicking about the red carpet . She goes on to talk about how drunk she got and how as a non-famous person you’re completely ignored – her account is very honest.
Bored of winter already? Desperate to jet off to some place tropical? Well it looks like Kate and Wills have done just that, as according to The Daily Mail the royal couple have jetted off to the Maldives for a sunny break. According to reports the couple flew on a British Airways flight yesterday to a tropical resort in the Indian Ocean. Sigh!
One of the biggest trends this Spring is going to be pretty pastels. The SS14 catwalks were awash with sugary sweet pastel hues from Burberry’s candy coloured lace to Nina Ricci’s buttercup yellows to Roberto Cavalli’s mint greens. Combined with this season’s fragile fabrics, this palette makes for an ultra-feminine look that we can’t get enough of.
And what’s best is that these sherbet shades are going to be – rather unusually – creeping well into our Autumn Winter 14 wardrobes too. Miu Miu’s Autumn Winter show in Paris earlier this week showcased pastel pink and baby blue coats – so this trend is well worth investing in. The front row at Miu Miu was also dressed in Laduree colours, as Elle Fanning, Lea Seydoux and Elizabeth Olsen were pastel perfection.
The Queen B that is Beyonce completed the London leg of her European tour last night with yet another sold out show. The stars were there in droves, fan girling over Mrs Carter just like the rest of us. “B you make me very proud to be a woman” wrote Ellie Goulding, while Daisy Lowe uploaded a shot of B dropping it low while hubby Jay Z accompanied her on stage for ‘Drunk In Love’ alongside the caption “Jay Z be like ‘yeah that’s my wife’”. Drool!
We also get to see the show from Bey’s perspective with her artsy Instagram photos, including a snap of some well worn ballet shoes as well as a (literally) back breaking dance move. Bey also posted a flashback of her feature in Rolling Ston circa 2004 – just in case anyone forgot how long she’s been around and just how far she’s come. In more Beyonce news, while on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, homegrown superstar Ed Sheeran covered Beyonce’s ‘Drunk In Love’ to impressive effect.
Karl Lagerfeld left us all a tither on Monday when he held the Chanel Autumn Winter 2014 show in its own Chanel supermarket.
Featuring – 500 products from water to soda, sweets to erm.. ham – we fell in love with the installation and want to do our food shop there EVERY WEEK. Unfortunately, the hypermarche was only temporary fixture. We’ll never be able to own Jambon Cambon or wipe our feet on a Channel ‘Mademoiselle Private’ doormat. Boo.