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Amaya Arzuaga – AW1213 #PFW

Guest post by Noelle Verhelst

Amaya Arzuaga

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When you picture a Paris Fashion Week show, what comes to mind?  Probably a glamorously intimidating scene from The Devil Wears Prada; in which you feel like you’re dressed like a million dollars, but then arrive and realize how terribly un-chic you are compared to the editor next to you.  Having been my first true invitation-only Paris Fashion Week show, Amaya Arzuaga’s did nothing but live up to every cinematic fantasy I had!  Dressed to the nines, I felt like Anna Wintour cutting to the front of the crowd to hand the bouncer my invitation.

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Paris Fashion Week – The show outside the tents

Guest post by Katie Henoch

Trends outside BAILMAIN and CHANEL Paris AW1213 shows : CHIC STREET FASHION


People attending were in more of a “working trendy” outfit, as in they were going to work but you knew they worked at Vogue.  Whereas non-attendees outside were wearing more vintage oversized clothing, taking more risks.  Grace Coddington was in all black, black flats and black jacket with no makeup on.

Fur seems to be in here, either with full jackets, or vests, or collars – same with leather.

People showed off their originality through their vintage jackets.  From boxy patterned 80s inspired ones, to a pastel Easter yellow textured jacket with heels to match, to a plaid tailored men’s jacket reminiscent of the 1940s.

There seemed to be a rocker chick trend happening, either with leather leggings, jacket, boots, or bags all in black with red lipstick.

Then you had your classic vintage girls, with skinny jeans, or boyfriend pant jeans with blouse and blazer on top and bigger accessories or necklace.

Also – florals and mix matching of patterns.



Outside of CHANEL there were two categories: people going in with invitations, and people not going in.

Of the attendee’s almost everyone with an invite in their hand was wearing some accent of Chanel on them, if not being outfitted entirely in it.

However, there was still a sense of higher fashion in the air for those who remained outside the show.  Less vintage 80’s or baggy street wear, and more of a cinched, put together, and classic style but with a bit of an edge…I mean c’mon! The point is to get noticed right!

Perhaps sometimes a little too classic! :

Fashion week is the one place were you can wear your most interesting wardrobe elements…whether it is as a statement piece, as an accent piece or how about all at once! :

Katy Perry’s appearance seemed to come out of nowhere. Within a few seconds she emerged from a moving orb of body guards, her entourage and a sew of photographers, heading swiftly towards the entrance, dressed in black with a pearl accented black hat to contrast with her blue hair.

Le Moine Qui Tricote AW1213

Comfort and trendy style is combined in these sweaters which we will see in different variations all over the Fallwear magazines.


A dancer from the Joffrey ballet company poses as her collections campaign model

Le Moine Qui Tricote (the knitting monk) boasts high end knitwear that was shown during Paris fashion week in a gallery in the Marais. This creator’s designs remain hard to find as her production is limited since each piece is knitted by hand by a human. If you manage to get your hands on one come tell me about it! Read more →

Manish Arora ~ AW1213 #PFW

Guest post by Noelle Verhelst

Manish Arora – Street art and street wear are taken to new brights!

Having always drooled over Arora’s flawless use of highly pigmented colors and knack for turning unwearable fabrics into the most intricate and eye catching designs, I had very high hopes for his Automne Hiver 2012/13 collection.  The designer, hailing from New Delhi (originally Bombay), single-handedly put India onto the fashion map in early 2000.  With past shows debuting at London, New York, and Milan fashion weeks, Paris was lucky to have Manish again this year!  The bright colors were literally flowing from the live spray paint show, the music was pumping, and the models rocked the designs with attitude.  Manish shows are always full of excitement and a live performance each one more exciting than the last!

Live spray pain show – Manish Arora AW1213, Paris

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Luis Buchinho AW1213 #PFW


Model Kelsey Close, after the show.

The Luis Buchinho show was lovely and full of klein blues and grays, black and white with plenty of play on texture, cut and color blocking with this simple yet complex palette. Buchinho was inspired by hos memories, the streets and the ocean views, the salty air of Portugal for this breezy collection full of movement and plays on shadow and light with graphic lines and slender cuts. Read more →

Claudine Ivari – Fall wear sublime AW1213


Claudine Ivari (center) with her two sisters who model in her shows

I was thrilled to be invited to Claudine Ivari’s Fall/Winter prête-à-porter collection. The invitation itself was telling of the playful creativity of this designer. It was made like a plane ticket with the destination as « Paris Fashion Week ». LOVE it!

Got my invite for Claudine Ivari #pfw #aw1213 ! So happy! &qu... on Twitpic

I went with my friend, model Kelsey Close, who admitted to me that it was her first time seeing a show from this perspective and not as a model walking in it! What a perfect show for her first one. Not overwhelming but opulent just the same. Claudine’s shows are held in the giant and luxurious space where she also has her show room and holds her private sales. It’s a classified building, and so quintessentialy Parisian! Read more →

Fatima Lopes, à fleur de peau AW1213

I love the spicey yet romantic feel to Fatime Lopes design. There’s something so feminine about what she creates, yet she retains an aura of daring and boldness to the style. I am never disappointed by her shows.

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