The Fall 2017 collections finished with a big bang—well, at least for me they did. I had to take off right after Chanel to get ready for my next adventure. That bang I’m talking about quite literally rang in my ears as I jumped on the back of my moto taxi bike (my favorite means of transport, as anyone who follows me on Instagram knows). A Chanel rocket taking off? Wow! I did not see that one coming. First a bit of smoke then a big bang and off it went, with Karl Lagerfeld and his youngest child model waving goodbye to Elton John’s “Rocket Man” for a touch of nostalgia. But my favorite moment was the show’s opening, girls in glittery silver boots, sliver quilts, and Chanel’s typical bouclé re-worked in fresh metallic and blue shades, little shorts peeking out from jackets here and there, stomping along the white runway with Kraftwerk’s “Radioactivity” pumping. I had goose bumps.
I was a little bleary-eyed—call it a late night and far too much rain. Thankfully, my favorite hairstylist David Mallett’s Etienne created weatherproof hair in the shape of a tight, backward braid. Stepping out from my hotel, the Prince de Galles, I dashed to the Ralph Lauren store for cocktails with two very old pals of mine, Tatiana Santo Domingo and Dana Alikhani, hosting a cozy affair: Lauren Santo Domingo, Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, Eugenie Niarchos, and—fresh off the plane from the West Coast—Joséphine de la Baume. Despite jet lag, I heard she later performed with her band. On everyone’s mind: the Balenciaga show with those Cristóbal-inspired gowns! And how Paco Rabanne’s Fall/Winter show is one long party dress wish list! I whizzed onward, excited to be dressed in a stunning brocade laser-cut, floral-embroidered minidress, straight off Mary Katrantzou’s runway. I was Mary’s lucky date, so I happily zipped it up!
A few hours earlier, right after a characteristically elegant show, Giambattista Vallihad our girl gaggle reunited—the LSD, Bianca, Eugenie, and Charlotte Dellal—plus Derek Blasberg, who was busy filming scenes for his next CNN Style episode while we waited for the show to begin. Off I sprinted to a string of showrooms until it was finally time to visit Delfina Delettrez at her very cute Parisian home overlooking one of those gemlike Parisian garden squares. Up some rickety steps and into a haven of calm, where Delfina, wearing masklike jet-blue eyeshadow, showed me her new creations. I loved her earrings, more minimal than previous collections—multiple little hoops with gems gracefully dangling from every angle. “I couldn’t choose just one side,” she explained, lavishly sipping a strong espresso.