Yes Paris Fashion Week has been all about the Raf v. Hedi, the Dior v. YSL thing. But actually by far the most important and interesting moment was the opening of the “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity” show at the Musee D’Orsay. This is a neat look into the Parisiennes’ fashionista forebears, oceans of lace and tulle flowing off Manet’s ‘Le Balcon’ and into Bazille’s ‘Reunion de famille.’ “The Parisienne isn’t fashionable. She IS fashion,” pointed out Arsene Houssaye in 1869.
The 21st century descendant was out in force this week, she of the smokey eye, Carine Roitfeld, who now seems to make a habit of throwing a ball during Paris. All very Manet’s ‘Le Balcon’ really. It will come as no surprise to fashion world followers that the former Paris Vogue editrix decreed that dressing black and wearing a smokey eye were musts for the ball she threw as the week of shows was coming to a close. And, boy, did they come. In the black corner were the Delevigne sisters oozing chic in Pucci, leaning off the arm of its designer, Peter Dundas. He had a rather fetching eyeliner motif surrounding les yeux - his secret? Getting Poppy D to practice his eyeliner skills. Arizona Muse was also in a look from the Florentine house. Joan Smalls smoked in Gucci and Anna dello Russo in a Blow-like hat structure with mesh tumbling over her face showed just enough lip to be able to air kiss and accept the flowing compliments on her fresh H and M line which had premiered earlier in the week. The young designers were out too - Wang, Tisci, Ackerman - what wouldn’t they do for Carine? And when you throw Valentino and Karl into the mix. Well, Manet would certainly have approved.
Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen
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