Paris Fashion Week: if it ain't broke...

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2012, 1:22pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 2:29pm

Yves Saint Laurent SS13. Photo: Jing Zhang


Hedi Slimane's debut at the Yves Saint Laurent label was a defining event this season. People were expectant as soon as the Los Angeles based designer was named as Stefano Pilati's successor. Because of the rebrand of label and much of its imagery, most were expecting something dramatically different on the catwalks. The results however, were surprisingly far more familiar (and commercial) than expected, especially for those who have followed the label over the years. Little jackets, blouses and flattering skinny pencil trousers opened - all very traditional YSL. Then it was all sexy, dresses and romance, a la the Tom Ford at YSL era all those years ago, with a ubiquitous wide brimmed hat that brought a little bit of the American West into the equation.


Stella McCartney SS13. Photo: Jing Zhang


Sir Paul McCartney sat in the front row at his daughter Stella's show at the National Opera building in Paris. The stunning location was the setting for what was one of her best collections in the past few seasons. At times delicate, at others sporty and tough, it was a lovely set with many covetable and wearable separates for next Spring.

I visited the Robert Clergerie showrooms today for an interview with creative director Roland Mouret. We talked about his fashion-forward revival of the French shoe label that popularised brogues for women. Interestingly, the label is now owned by Hong Kong's Fung family. Then there was the Tod's Signature cocktail event at the Italian Embassy on Rue de Varenne - a party that has become quite the jewel in the fashion week social calendar. Actress Scarlett Johansson turned heads and I chatted with owner Diego Della Valle about his next visit to Hong Kong later this year, as part of an Asian tour.