It’s a long time coming, but when it arrives, it’s always a shock… It leaves you dizzy, happy and overwhelmed all at once, head bursting of impressions and ideas… What is it!?
So now that a few days have passed and I have most of my thoughts in order as well as detoxed a bit, I can only say the FW was yet again an amazing experience. This time accompanied with my business partner Annette Weber, we concentrated on Milan and Paris to dip our toes into the whirlpool of fashion.
Starting out with Milan, I have to say how grateful I was for the beautiful weather which lasted for the whole duration of my one week stay. It does make a difference to the mood and enjoyability to be able to leave the umbrella in the hotel. Every year gets a bit easier and better as I make more connections and understand the system, which lead to me attending all the shows that were on my wish list from the first rows.
The show I enjoyed the most – and was most surprised by – was Fendi. Their new bag collection of totes was all-around amazing. The motto of ‘back to the roots’ was a beautiful homage to their classic days with a modern interpretation. Bold, large cuts and new shapes were a sight to behold. I am definitely waiting for the spring summer collection to come out!
It was also the third time in a row that I celebrated my birthday in Milan, and I am so touched about how many people made the time to come to my beautiful dinner at Ceresio7 despite the mad, mad schedule of FW. Ceresio7 were so accommodating and lovely, hosting a perfect night for my small group of friends, who surprised me with birthday songs from the Milan A Capella group Alti & Bassi. Simply a night to remember!
I was spoiled rotten, with some lovely bloggers and press people surprising me the night before with flowers and cake. What more can a girl want!?
All in all, Milan was a success, with Vogue Italia, UK, Japan, Spain, Germany, and Friends all featuring me as best street style. Not to mention many other publications like Elle. All my hard work is being acknowledged, and it’s so rewarding.
Paris was a dream as always, albeit a slightly shorter dream than usual. This time I took more appointments and meetings, doing showrooms and viewings in a concentrated way, along with some hand-picked shows. We did a lot of meetings at my favourite hotel, the Plaza Athene, maxing the brunch times (I love brunch, I could sit there all day long). A bit of shopping could not be helped – there is no place like Paris to go shopping for the best fashion items. Boutiques like Dior, Celine, Balenciaga and Max Mara are so beautifully built that it’s not about the product itself, it’s the whole experience that makes it so special.
I loved the Sportmax, Alberta Ferretti, Balmain and Missoni collections. A lot of bold and yet feminine styles with streaks of classic and brand-recognisable touches throughout them all. Big totes again, are on the rise, which is unexpected to me but I’ve been convinced.
The probably most memorable part of the Paris FW was for me the Balmain and L’Oreal party: they collaborated to make an amazing lipstick collection with unseen colours. A German make up artist was flown in to take care of the guests make up, and I have never in my life seen more beautiful people, celebrities, bloggers and designers in one place. Olivier Rousteing was filming the event shadowed by supermodels and celebrities, giving the whole event an unreal flair. Simply exhilarating.
The Missoni 20-year anniversary and Chloe perfume launch, where I met old friends and fun new acquaintances are also worth mentioning – the flood of events and impressions being mind-boggling and humbling.
All in all, I am happy to have survived and prospered through another season of FW, please take a look at my favourite picture picks, I love to share my special moments with you! <3