Live From Paris: H&M's First Show In 8 Years & Gareth Pugh's Otherworldly Looks

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Paris Fashion Week Diary: Day 1 / Day 2The Weekend

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Gareth Pugh Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

I started my day scoping out to-die-for shoes at the Christian Louboutin showroom. Whether dazzling embellishments inspired by sombreros and fireworks, sleek pointy-toe silhouettes, or borrowed-from-the-boys brogues (literally—a style carried over from the men’s line), FW13 has something for every footwear lover. Sorry, no photos allowed: Louboutin’s styles are so sought-after that next season’s designs are kept under lock and key.

Dries Van Noten is one of my favourite designers so I really prize a ticket to his show. The collection was a spectacular mix of collegiate stripes, embroidered and embellished jackets, and floaty marabou. The styling was just right, with hair tucked into necklaces and wooly socks paired with strappy shoes.

Dries Van Noten Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms
Dries Van Noten Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms

There is undoubtedly a big message about proportion this season. At Rochas, I spotted the must-have coat of FW13—an exaggerated textured overcoat—this time in a camel-coloured double-breasted style. I am all about an oversized silhouette so this trend is right up my alley!

Rochas Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms
Rochas Fall 2013; Photo by Anthea Simms
Rochas Fall 2013
Rochas Fall 2013

With last season’s moving Gareth Pugh show still fresh in my mind, I was curious to see where he’d take things this time around. The historic Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild was the setting, and from the first exits it was clear that Pugh had pulled out all the stops. The collection began with pure white monochromatic looks and evolved into other-worldly woven and ruffled constructions reminiscent of another bygone British fashion designer, Alexander McQueen. In the captivating and impressively extensive (51  looks) collection, the overarching statement was demi-couture.

Gareth Pugh Fall 2013
Gareth Pugh Fall 2013

I ended my day on a high note with fast-fashion powerhouse H&M’s return to the catwalk. The brand hadn’t shown on a runway for eight years but they clearly haven’t lost their touch; the entire show was a treat, from the covetable clothes that you can actually buy to the stellar model casting and a very special setting next to the iconic Musée Rodin.

H&M's venue
H&M’s venue
H&M Fall 2013
H&M Fall 2013
H&M Fall 2013
H&M Fall 2013
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