Paris’ Musée d’Orsay was, for the duration of Louis Vuitton’s 15-minute show, a museum transformed: a buzzing circus of sparkle and camera flashes where the rich, powerful and famous mingled on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week . Designer Nicolas Ghesquiere put on a resplendent and passionate vintage-tinged ode to French style, prompting cheers from the audience that echoed around the lofty chambers. Meanwhile, earthy scents pricked guests’ noses as they entered the venue for Stella McCartney: a manège. Shivers from the cold were quickly succeeded by gasps when seven horses suddenly galloped in from a side door followed by an exuberant handler. The show that incorporated equestrian themes was a visual and sensory statement from McCartney, a prominent animal rights campaigner. Here are some highlights of autumn/winter 2023-24 ready-to-wear shows Monday. The Musée Vuitton The excitement was palpable, even among the VIPs. Sophie Turner not only dressed on brand, decked out in a silken Vuitton pajama look, she also sung on brand – chanting “we love Louis Vuitton” with front row neighbour Chloë Grace Moretz. Vuitton ambassadors Alicia Vikander and Lea Seydoux chatted animatedly. Anna Wintour pouted. Red carpet recycles: 7 Hollywood stars who re-wore their designer outfits Pharrell breezed in to flurries of camera flashes, wearing a monogrammed coat and cap, still basking in becoming Louis Vuitton men’s designer . Quizzed by The Associated Press if he felt at home at the maison since last month’s announcement, Pharrell replied: “It feels like love.” The show itself told a story. Sounds of daily life played in the soundtrack – the sound of whizzing cars, bird song, trains, footsteps and the weather. The clothes too felt like daily life – albeit a sublimely elevated one. It was as if Ghesquiere had gone to a glamorous thrift store with vintage-style, often sparkling, garments vibrantly mixed and matched. An oversized brown jacket led down to even more oversized circular pants, next to a snipped away waistcoat worn with a giant student-style knit scarf. Hidden behind the haphazardness though was some incredible fashion design. Surreal plays in form abounded. Skirts came with pleats as sharp as knives. Yellow sleeves were so long they looked like they had been put in the wrong wash cycle. And an oversized marble knit sheath dress had leg of mutton sleeves with the top part completely lopped off. PFW2023: Hermès went minimalist and stars paid tribute to Vivienne Westwood McCartney’s softness and hardness Vibrant designs showcased on the brown manège sand drew inspiration not only from horses – with equine motifs, horse blanket patination inspiring wool looks and marbled patterns resembling horses’ coats – but also the world of show jumping. McCartney used the sport’s pomp and regalia to inspire a collection that harked to her tailoring background. A double-breasted jacket had sharp shoulders nipped above the waist with a diagonal dynamic, mixing masculine and feminine. Takes on regalia and the military included a men’s white lilac tailored show jumping jacket worn against naked flesh. The sense of “softness and a hardness, of male versus female”, a touchstone of the LVMH-owned fashion house, was captured also by the horses themselves, McCartney said. Bags used vegan leather alternatives , such as Mirum, a plant-based technology, and AppleSkin, an apple-based material that creates a crocodile effect. This was an optimistic collection – with flashes of eye-popping citrine and vermilion – that never lectured but celebrated living in harmony. Luxury idols: who is Blackpink’s most powerful member? Brand values, ranked Stella’s wild, wild horses “Have you even seen a wild horse at a fashion show, or a whisperer?” McCartney asked the stunned fashion press on a crowded balcony above the manège that still smelled of horse. She said organisers called her “crazy” for attempting to get wild horses to a show. Yet McCartney said autumn/winter in particular seemed a good time to highlight cruelty-free designs with the unique spectacle of wild animals living, breathing and playing together. “I really wanted to make a connection with our fellow creatures because there is so much leather and fur and feathers on the runway, especially in winter,” McCartney told AP. “I wanted to show that you can do [fashion] in a different way; you don’t need to kill anything and it can be [just] as luxurious.” McCartney said the horses had many personal meanings to her, from the photography of her mother Linda and sister Mary to “being British”, speaking to the love for horses that runs deep in the UK. PFW2023: Givenchy went elegant while Chloé showed off Renaissance art She said the message of the horses “is that they’re alive and the clothes haven’t killed anything, so there’s a kind of celebration of everything living in harmony with one another”. The horse handler was a star of the show. McCartney said she first saw him at a London horse show and was impressed with his work. “They are his wild horses. He doesn’t use any bridles, any saddles and he’s a horse whisperer … They’re his little babies,” she said. “I can’t even get my dog to do that.” Aquazzura’s bag launch Jessica Alba led VIPs into the flower-laden salons of the Hôtel d’Évreux on the famous Place Vendôme for the cocktail launch of Florence-based Aquazzura’s first bag collection. “I feel like this is jewellery and a bag together. It’s super chic. It definitely had a girl in mind,” Alba said, clutching one of the new bags with triangular gold clasp and soft nappa tassel that are “see now, buy now”. Aquazzurra, a brand founded in 2012, has made a name for itself in shoe wear. But founder and creative director Edgardo Osorio said he felt it was time to expand. 10 most expensive royal jewellery pieces, ranked “We were born as a shoe brand in Florence. In 2023, we are launching women’s bags, which felt like a natural extension. The idea is to sell the modern dolce vita,” Osorio said. “A new Italian lifestyle. Next is probably men’s shoes. And fragrance.” Items include the Twist maxi clutch as well as the Galactic Crystal and Love Link bags. AZ Factory stayed true to Alber Elbaz’s vision There’s still a bittersweet tinge at AZ Factory shows. The brand was created by designer Alber Elbaz just before his 2021 death from Covid-19. Elbaz, still reeling from his ouster as long-time Lanvin designer, had wanted to make a brand touting a new way of doing luxury – easier on designers, body positive and more affordable. AZ Factory was just that. Since his death, guest designers have moonlighted for the brand, remaining faithful to its ethos, and Elbaz is still felt in the house spirit. On Monday, ruffles, toggles, belts and ties brought a utilitarian dimension to the soft ready-to-wear designs. There was a sense of relaxation running throughout as the models walked nonchalantly in low-key platform sandals. A furry coat with swirling pink motif and inbuilt scarf became a total look, covering the model completely with ankle warmers in the same material. It was fun and tactile. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .