7 Ways to Reinvent America’s Fashion Classics

Everyone knows an all-American girl when they see her. She’s dressed like Brooke Shields in her Calvins, Lauren Hutton in her blazer, or Ali MacGraw in her Love Story–era prep. But how is the all-American gal defined these days? Is she Gigi Hadid with a crop top under a pin-stripe suit or Kendall Jenner in skinny jeans and a tee sans bra with her nipple piercing peeking through just so? The codes of classic American style no longer fit into a singular mold, courtesy of a new generation of ladies who are willing and able to bend the rules. They take what’s old and spin it into something new and wildly optimistic—quite the statement in these trying times.

Clothes that recall American quilting and craft can be updated with sculptural accessories and pretty high heels. The Americana-tomboy look is injected with edge, thanks to hard metal jewelry and rough-and-tumble leather boots. Instead of repeating the eyelet boho hippie vibe this spring, why not borrow flower-power prints and embellishments for a crisp button-down shirt and sporty sandals? Westernwear doesn’t have to look old school, either—debunk the cowboy myth with feminine twists on traditional rodeo garb. If you’re a surfer chick, try on a metallic dress and leopard sneakers instead of neoprene and Vans.

At the end of the day, there’s no formula for today’s version of the all-American girl. She’s cool and complex. She’s always game to play with the clothes in her closet. Whether she’s into hip-hop, horses, or arts and crafts, she’s got a knack for sartorial reinvention.

Here, shop seven looks inspired by the new codes of American dress.Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses | mermaid formal dresses

Jabong launches Aeropostale on its platform

 

(Photo:cheap formal dresses melbourne)Jabong has added leading American high-street fashionwear brand, Aeropostale, to its product portfolio. More than 600 variants across various categories such as capris, dresses, jeans, joggers, jumpsuits, leggings, shorts, skirts, t-shirts, tops, jeggings, innerwear, casual shirts, polos and chinos for men and women will be available on Jabong.

The Aeropostale launch will be supported by digital and social media campaigns announcing the brand’s launch on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A separate shop-in-shop promotion will highlight Aeropostale images, videos, main categories & brand description on Jabong’s website & mobile app as well as the Jabong’s digital fashion blog.

“We are delighted to partner with Jabong, which has a proven track record of successfully launching some of the top global brands in India. We are confident that with the right mix of fashion, price and quality that Aeropostale offers, we will have a great connect with the young audience on Jabong, which is the perfect platform for us to reach a larger and more relevant audience. We look forward to a lasting partnership with Jabong,” said Sumit Dhingra, chief operating officer, Aeropostale India.

“Aeropostale is American young fashion brand which connects with Generation Next who are curious, free-spirited dreamers, endlessly energetic, socially conscious and unique. Our excellent partnerships with great brands such as Aeropostale strengthen our portfolio of the best of international fashion from across the globe. We are aggressively ramping up both our fashion and sportswear portfolio and the past few weeks have seen Jabong bring some top Indian and international brands on board almost every day,” Kalyan Kumar Gunasekaran, chief merchandising officer, Jabong said.

Jabong is aggressively expanding its product portfolio and is adding up as many as 35 brands in March. A few brands that have recently been added on Jabong include New Era Caps, WROGN, Forever 21, Mothercare, Roadster, Cover Story, AAY, Zivame, YWC and Mast and Harbor among others.Read more at:formal dresses canberra

LINDSEY WIXSON IS OUR MAY COVER STAR

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(Photo:yellow formal dresses)Gardening and fashion might seem worlds apart, but as someone who is immersed in both of these activities, I’ve grown increasingly aware of what they share, rather than their differences. Each is shaped by the seasons, and by the knowledge that change is inevitable, even though a number of hardy perennials will flower anew each spring. Perhaps as a consequence, several of the greatest couturiers have also designed or restored remarkably beautiful gardens: Coco Chanel’s artfully naturalistic landscape at La Pausa, her villa on the French Riviera, where she planted swathes of lavender and transplanted fully grown olive-trees; Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle, a lush, painterly oasis in Marrakesh; Christian Dior’s Provençal paradise, La Colle Noire, filled with his favourite roses and lily of the valley.

Hence my delight in this edition, which is burgeoning with greenery and florals throughout – beginning with our cover story celebrating Lindsey Wixson, whose gap-toothed smile is as charming as her rosebud lips. We also venture into the wilds of Dartmoor for a fashion shoot in Wistman’s Wood, where the most ancient of the moss-clad oaks are 500 years old. Legend has it that the forest is an enchanted home to supernatural creatures and spirits, although in the event, our team encountered a bevy of swans rather than a gathering of ghosts. Elsewhere in the issue, Alex Preston explores the Bazaar archives in our 150th-anniversary year, to discover a story of love, loss and betrayal that was played out in the pages of the magazine in the 1930s between Evelyn Waugh, his wife and her lover. All three were contributors to Bazaar, and despite the deep unhappiness caused by the end of Waugh’s marriage, his extraordinary talent blossomed in this magazine: perhaps most notably with his series entitled ‘A Flat in London’, which was subsequently published (with a darker ending) as A Handful of Dust, that great masterpiece of 20th-century fiction.

The interplay of darkness and light is also at the heart of fashion at its most inspired; which is something I found myself considering when I watched Karl Lagerfeld’s latest Chanel Métiers d’Art show at the Ritz in Paris. Having spent many years researching and writing a biography of Coco Chanel, I could not help but reflect on her past life at the hotel – where she slept every night, and died in January 1971, at the age of 87. By the time of her death, Chanel had endured tragedy as well as success; one of the most famous women in the world, she was also lonely – yet still courageously independent, and intent on creating a couture collection that she did not intend to be her last.

And as I write these words, I am also reminded of Robert Herrick’s lines of poetry, composed in the 17th century, yet as true now as in a long-ago spring:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old Time is still a-flying…

Go gather, then, but plant too, in the hope of a verdant future, and the summers still to come.Read more at:green formal dresses

The Sanchaya Forays Into Fashion With Debut Clothing Collection

The Sanchaya Forays Into Fashion With Debut Clothing Collection 

(Photo:long formal dresses)The Sanchaya Forays Into Fashion With Debut Clothing Collection

Travellers know hotels manufacture their own bath and beauty products, their own signature scents, and occasionally their own bathrobes, but a show-stopping, runway-worthy collection of apparel is something quite rare. The Sanchaya is about to cultivate that rare ground.

This month, the estate is introducing The S’YA collection — 20 items ranging from silk yao boxy tops, retro single mesh singlets and silk cotton sleeveless shirts, to silk linen flair shorts, rib cotton brought trousers, and cotton twill skinny jeans.

Natalya Pavchinskaya, the founder of The Sanchaya, a luxurious beachfront resort situated next to Singapore on Indonesia’s Bintan Island, said her debut apparel line marks a contemporary yet classic take on smart casual and sporty wear.

“The Sanchaya wants to go home with you; not merely in your memory bank, but in your suitcase, too,” said Pavchinskaya. “I wanted to design a collection for true travellers at heart so they could recapture, in a tangible way, that blissful, indulgent yet relaxed feeling you experience only on holiday.”

Fashioned from soft, sophisticated fabrics and various compositions of cotton, viscose, silk and lycra, the collection, Pavchinskaya said, is “all about travelling light”.

The predominantly monochromatic S’YA items, of black, white, grey, and various hues of light blue, can be mixed and matched to suit the occasion, be it a casual brunch, a leisurely stroll in a park or a glamorous evening.

Rising model Richie Hines, who has appeared in runway shows for the likes of Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Saint Laurent and Thom Browne, is the face of The S’YA line.

The collection’s contemporary classic style also draws inspiration from The Sanchaya’s award-winning colonial architecture, crisp, neutral tones and tropical beauty.

“The garments are designed to blend in with scenic spots across The Sanchaya — our powder white sands, manicured croquet lawn, and The Bar with its vintage prints, antique telescopes and porter chairs,” said Pavchinskaya.

The S’YA line is currently available at The Sanchaya’s boutique named The Collection, and at selected clothing outlets in Singapore.Read more at:formal dresses 2017

Science says these 6 fashion trends are absolutely terrible for your back

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(Photo:www.marieaustralia.com)Sure, you look like a million bucks in that stylish outfit, but according to The British Chiropractic Association (BCA), certain fashion choices you’re making are wreaking havoc on your back.

As per a recent report by the BCA, most times women don’t realise how their clothing or footwear affects their posture and health.

“I am always surprised at how many of my patients are unaware that their clothing and accessories can affect their back health and their posture and, equally, how many decide their outfit-choice outweighs their pain,” the official report by BCA quotes chiropractor, Tim Hutchful as saying.

Some sought-after items that feature on the list of items that might give women back aches are skinny jeans, bell sleeves, backless shoes, oversized bags among others.

1. Bell sleeves: According to Tim, oversized-sleeved clothes tend to restrict a body’s normal movement.

“Oversized sleeves can cause you to hold your arms in a different or unusual way” he said before adding that one’s body ends up “compensating for your fashion choices” on more than one occasions.

2. Skinny jeans: Tight, fitted jeans have never really gone out of vogue. All hail the flared bottoms and culottes, but skin-tight jeans is one clothing essential present in nearly every wardrobe. But just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s good.

By restricting “free movement in areas such as the hips and knees” skinny jeans affect “the way we hold our bodies.” While it’s understandable for one to be obsessed with their jeans, mixing things up and not sporting one kind of bottomwear is what Tim recommends.

3. Cross-body bags: Backpacks over crossbody bags and handbags, always. Why? Well, backpacks divide the weight equally and prevent one particular side of the shoulder from getting strained–which is exactly the opposite of what handbags and cross-body bags do.

4. Coats with large fluffy hoods: The hoods are heavy. They restrict neck movement. There’s pressure on your back. Simple.

5. High heeled shoes: Over time, several studies have mentioned how high heels cause spine aches. And if you can’t avoid wearing heels, just choose wedges or things more comfortable.

6. Backless shoes: Mules do not give any support to your feet and cause tension all the way up to your spine.Read more at:long formal dresses

Rhapsody in Neutrals, Fabric, and Skin

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(Photo:special occasion dresses)This story may be missing a lede because instead of attending the opening night party of the 2017’s Fashion Week El Paseo, my husband insisted we stop en route at Catalan in Rancho Mirage for red wine, smoked octopus, and wedge salads. I was a little grumpy about missing the bedecked throngs milling about, cocktails in hand, in all their questionable fashion sense glory (who was that man in the electric orange Nehru jacket or the strangely skinny woman with pink hair?), but we managed to enter the tent just as Christopher Bates’ show began.

Within minutes, I was heartily glad of that pitstop at Catalan; our tapas would prove to be the only color that would appear for the next twenty minutes.

The models in the Bates’ menswear show looked ready for travel, perhaps influenced by trends more political than sartorial: the new Cold War of fashion anyone?

The models in the Bates’ menswear show looked ready for travel.

Black and white turtlenecks, cargo pants (although the closest these guys have come to the army is playing with G.I. Joes), and khaki is back (although one imagines this neutral color has been repurposed as the more sophisticated camel!

Just add one of the gorgeous leather tote bags that complimented many of the looks and you’ve got a guy who resembles the East German playwright/poet I once knew who was mysteriously never without his luggage, and who, after two or three pints, liked to describe his butt cheeks as two cold pillows. Indeed, the form fitting slacks in every neutral shade made the ladies go wild, but the real glitz was saved for the shoes.

One model, a Kurt Cobain look-alike, looked straight out of the grunge decade, only in jogger pants with a drawstring and disco ball Converse instead of baggy jeans and Birkenstocks. Lots of monochrome, shades of gray paired with lighter shades of pale gray, and zippered pockets on the front thigh to hold your ciggies. I felt as though I’d been at a poetry salon, perhaps at an Art Deco apartment in a rainy European city, in a high-ceilinged room thick with intellectual smoke.

The beautifully wearable fashions by Adam Lippes were up next, and for this observer, the artistic highlight of the evening. Made in New York City of French and Italian fabrics, the first dress to float down the runway was the favorite of everyone I spoke to after the show as the herd milled toward the esalators. With the length of a maxi dress and the shape of the ever-forgiving tent dress, the creamy fabric moved gracefully and soft, and would easily flatter every woman of any age.

The floral trend of the 90s appeared here as well. The full-length brocade coat was something out of a dream, and in keeping with the inspiration of the entire line: women who hand-paint pottery, as Lippes told the audience in a pre-recorded video before the show. His wearable, detail-oriented looks featured flowing tunics in palest pink, a bright pink hi-low hem dress that made this trend feel new again, and not just for girls (and women) who shop at Forever 21, and a siren red wide leg jumpsuit with a not-too-plunging neckline in an arresting color.

A midi-dress printed in a delicate blooming pink and blue floral pattern with a nipped waist left much to the imagination. This understated, classy sexiness was repeated in a neutral midi-length white sleeveless knit dress that would suit the activities of many generations of women: from meeting the parents of your boyfriend for the first time, to the dress you wear to your retirement shindig. Like Oscar de la Renta, where Lippes was once the creative director before starting his own label, these are clothes fit for a feminine woman who wants to look strong and sexy. A woman who wants to wear the dress, and not let the dress wear her.

Before the bridal dresses came out, a wonderful blue dress made of light blue feathers and a glittering blue corset top fit the “Rhapsody in Blue” beaming from the speakers, and many of the dresses transformed in some way – a cape-like silhouette was lifted to reveal a mermaid dress, and a very short structured hemline became bridal in the back with sheer tulle and sheer tulle and visible buttons tracing the neck and spine.

There were some selections so revealing that it brought to mind the body socks Cher was famous for wearing in the 80s, but it was all forgiven when the two bridal dresses walked out. Shoulder pads, off the shoulder, sweetheart necklines, and an abundance of glitter: it was all that was fun and excessive about the 80s bride, and unlike some of the almost entirely sheer neutral dresses that very few women could wear unless, like one of the models, she had visible hipbones, these were gowns you could wear in front of your father as he walked you down the aisle.Read more at:formal dresses canberra

Fashion Show To Benefit Salvation Army

The 37th annual Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Fashion Show will be held Friday, March 24 at the Waterford at Fair Oaks. 

(Photo:long formal dresses)Around 200 people are expected to attend the 37th annual Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fairfax Fashion Show scheduled for Friday, March 24 at the Waterford at Fair Oaks. Eight male and female models will be showcasing the latest Spring fashions from Lord & Taylor at Fair Oaks Mall and there will be a Silent Auction and entertainment, including a sextet of the Salvation Army’s National Capital Band, which will be playing brass and traditional Salvation Army music.

“We’re excited for this year’s annual fashion show,” said Major Jean Wilson, Corps Officer/Pastor with the Salvation Army of Fairfax. “The funds that are raised are going to support the programs of the Salvation Army in Fairfax County. This is a fun and exciting way to help your neighbor. The funds help us with our annual projects that the Auxiliary always supports.”

On March 24, the social hour and silent auction start at 10:30 a.m.; with the entertainment at 11:30 a.m.; followed by the luncheon at 12 noon; and the fashion show at 12:50 p.m. The menu includes four options: chicken kebabs, grilled salmon, vegetarian, and gluten free. The event will be held at the Waterford at Fair Oaks, located at 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax.

This is a fundraiser for the Women’s Auxiliary of the Fairfax Corps, which runs its annual stocking-stuffer program during Christmas and back-to-school program of donated school supplies and backpacks in August. Money raised also supports the Salvation Army’s summer program of 35 years, Camp Happy Land in Richardsville, VA, near Fredericksburg, where kids from the Fairfax area attend a week of camp. The money also supports the after-school program and music program as well as two children’s homes in Mexico. The Salvation Army Fairfax branch is headquartered at 4915 Ox Road, Fairfax, 22030, and serves all of Fairfax County.

Currently, there are 83 children enrolled in the Fairfax after-school program and Gospel Arts program. There’s also character-building, and women’s and men’s fellowship programs. “We bring children into our Fairfax location on Ox Road three days a week and we serve kids from nine schools throughout the county,” said Wilson. The ages range from Kindergarten to high school.Read more at:formal dress shops

The Fashion Industry and the War on Women

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(Photo:formal dresses melbourne)Finally got round to reading this article which is not shocking at all and surprised me not the tiniest bit. As I tweeted when I saw it (without reading it of course), “The fashion industry IS the war on women.”

I’ve had a hard time buying into the idea that there’s a war on women in America. First of all, the word War is absurd. Unless you’ve been in a place where a war is literally going on, I think it’s an unhelpful way of talking about bad things. Most of us do not live with gun fire going on outside our windows, with the threat of big explosions, with death lurking around the corner. If you were looking for actual War I think you would need to go to some places in the Middle East, and some hot spots in North Africa, and certainly some places in Nigeria, and then go all the way into some neighborhoods in Chicago. I’m not trying to be funny, what I’ve been reading about Chicago makes it sound like it has all the qualities of a war zone.

So the very idea that women, in America, who are going to college in greater numbers than men, who peacefully go to work every day, and who are allowed to both wear whatever they want and, I think more importantly, say whatever they think and believe, declassifies their condition as being in a war.

On the other hand, setting aside the word War, I think it wouldn’t be too much to say that there are deep rooted problems and systems that essentially undermine the feminine experience of western women. I say that believing that these forces are not as malign as those of some women in other places in the world. The right to speak and show your face is a critically important freedom and I don’t want any of what I’m saying right now to be thought of on that level. Me not getting to have anything nice to wear is not remotely similar to me wearing a burka. Those are not the same.

Nevertheless, I think Satan hates all women everywhere, and one way that he persecutes and diminishes western women, besides with the Abortion Industry (I mean, how great is that–get women to believe that killing the most beautiful and life transforming thing that could ever happen to them will make everything all better; have them walk into the war zone on their own two feet and call it peace; what is that line? They cry peace peace where there is no peace) is by making the natural and real parts of the female body impossible to live with.

I mean, I’m talking about the body of the mother here. The real body of the mother. The tired and worn out body that has been stretched so much that it then collapses. And I’m also talking about the body of the woman who, even without the wrecking ball of child bearing, still ages, still faces gravity and lumpiness. And the body of the woman who has had to have whole essential bits cut off or removed, who faces the alarming horror of disease that threatens to destroy everything. The body of the woman is complex, peculiar, changeable, prone to trouble as the sparks fly upward.

So, for a man, whose chemistry, hormones, shape, and strength are not the same, are not as mysteriously complex, who cannot bear along the life of another in his very flesh, who has the advantage of strength, and height, and speed, to be allowed to call himself a woman, and clothe himself as a woman, and even look better than most women, it may not rise to the level of war, but it’s as insidious as the satanic destruction of the body’s ability to cope with gluten is on the Eucharist itself.

Bruce Jenner winning an award for being woman of the year is demoralizing. He’s not a woman, and when he was given the award he hadn’t been trying to be one more than a year, or whatever, whereas I’ve been working at it my whole life.

The dismissive attitude of the fashion industry for the bodies of real women is also demoralizing. In the face of constant discouragement I’ve managed to come up with a uniform for myself. I wear the same thing every day–a pair of ill fitting jeans, a black shirt, and two gray sweaters. Oh, and big winter boots, the only shoe that keeps my foot warm in the winter. In the summer I lose the boot and the second gray sweater and just stick to the one because I’m always cold. I wear this every day, day in day out, day after day after day. And I look at beautiful clothes online and feel sad because I know that if I try to buy them, they won’t look like that on me.

There is no, “her dress was right, her stockings were right, her hat was right” for me because as a woman in America I have to shove myself into stuff that was not originally considered for me, but was rather conceived of for a 100 foot tall slender demigod who apparently sometimes can now be even a man. I can’t compete with that, or shove myself into it. I’m clinging to my five feet (dear sweet saints of God please don’t let me shrink yet) and trying to rid myself of my middle, which I can’t do, because I’ve given birth six times.

My body is broken, and sometimes my spirit rejoices, but most of the time it is mired in jealousy and covetousness. I don’t look at my beautiful healthy offspring and then at my own shape and think, ‘this is so great, I’m so glad I have something to show for this,’ I usually think, ‘I can’t believe I’m going to get saggier until I die.’

My spirit could sure be helped to rejoice if my body didn’t have to wear skinny jeans that will never ever ever ever ever gently and beautifully clothe my broken frame. There is no grace for me from the fashion industry, no care, no consideration. If I want to wear something beautiful I have to hunt and hunt and humiliate myself in dressing rooms under bright lights. I have to comb through mountains of websites and then consider whether or not I want to risk the horror of not being able to try something on.

It’s not a war, it’s a gentle unrelenting diminishment of my personhood and soul. It is the undervaluation of who I am by forces more powerful than me. It is the rich spreading themselves over the bright lights of the runway while the poor go away ugly.

But in a little while, you will look for them but you will not find them. You will only find me clothed in the most excessive beauty, making my way down a golden avenue to fling my jewel encrusted crown before a vision so glorious it will take your breath away. My body then, remade, will not be rivaled by any man dressed as a woman. The ravages of disease, childbirth, and care will have been put away, though the glory of that suffering will not be lost. Somehow it will be woven through, will be the substance of those jewels.

On the other hand, today is not that day, and there is a foot of snow on the ground, so it’s back into jeans for me.Read more at:formal dresses canberra

Best Of Caribbean Fashionweek June 7-11

 

(Photo:www.marieaustralia.com)The 2017 edition of Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) is slated to be the “best of”, a series that embraced the region and the wider world and changed the face of Caribbean fashion forever. It is anticipated that this June’s CFW will be the best ever CFW. Fashionistas are undoubtedly in for a treat as Pulse reaches out to the five continents to ensure that the global components of this event over the past 17 years all come together in one unforgettable experience.

Dubbed an “important new trend in world fashion” by no less a style arbiter than British Vogue, Caribbean Fashionweek, has taken regional fashion to the corners of the earth through such media outlets as Fashion TV Paris, Vogue, the BBC, i-D, The Independent, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Marie Claire, and a host of other media outlets around the globe.

Staged by Pulse since 2001, the event, launched in Trinidad and Tobago in 2000, has attracted over 150 designers and a host of celebrities and entertainers since its inception. Superstars of music and film like Eve, Nia Long, Kelly Rowland, Brian McKnight, Joe, Johnny Gill, Maxi Priest, Billy Ocean, Estelle, Morris Day, and Sheila E have performed at the event.

Designers like Catalin Botezatu, Meiling, Biggy, Robert Young, Cedella Marley, Simon Foster, Pauline Bellamy, Claudia Pegus, Deola Sagoe, Lois Samuels, Gavin Douglas, Tiger Lilly Hill, Sandra Kennedy, Mutamba, Uzuri, Heather Jones, Bill Edwards, and Moncrieffe have led a host of outstanding regional and international stylists who have shown collections at the event. Many new and emerging designers have also got an opportunity to show at CFW, thereby launching careers and gaining a foothold in the highly competitive fashion industry.

Pulse model stars and superstars have also lent their talent and celebrity to the event over the years – Jeneil Williams, Carla Campbell, Nell Robinson, Sky Nicole Grey, Jaunel McKenzie, Gaye McDonald, Sunna Gottshalk, Sedene Blake, Oraine Barrett, Lincoln Wynter, and, in more recent years, Francine James and Alicia Burke. These represent the best of the best and most will return in June for this very special edition of the “Best of CFW”, which will be supported by its own TV series now being shown in the wider Caribbean and soon to air in Jamaica. Several new elements and innovations will be part of the 2017 event.

CFW 2017 will be held at the Villa Ronai Fashion Village in Stony Hill, St Andrew, and will once again celebrate Pulse’s concept of total fashion with a range of partners on board to participate in this signal experience.

CFW is presented by Pulse in association with several partners, including the Jamaica Tourist Board, The Spanish Court Hotel, The Peter Tosh Museum, and a number of others to be announced.Read more at:red carpet dresses

Behind the Scenes at Paris Fashion Week With TNT, Part Deux

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.

Paris, over and out!Read more at:white formal dresses | blue formal dresses