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July 29 2014

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Paris Fashion Week’s Queen Bees

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After three cities and hundreds of shows, Paris fashion week is where the most influential designers crystallize the season’s message and the major models stalk the runways. Miuccia Prada certainly delivered on the latter yesterday with arguably the best cast we’ve seen this month at Miu Miu. The lineup was bookended by Raquel Zimmermann, who opened, and closer Karen Elson. In the mix were plenty of other catwalk veterans including Malgosia Bela, Iselin Steiro, Jessica Stam, Hilary Rhoda, Delfine Bafort, and Diana Dondoe. It was a refreshing cap to a season that, for the most part, lacked big-name models. On that note, Miu Miu also illuminated some of the top newcomers including Irina Kravchenko, Marine Deleeuw, Esther Heesch, and Manon Leloup (pictured), who each had impressive freshman seasons. We’ve had our eye on Kravchenko since she opened Alexander Wang during NYFW, and the edgy redhead truly blasted off in the City of Light, where she opened Haider Ackermann, Viktor & Rolf, and Sacai and also walked Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Valentino. Meanwhile, Deleeuw’s Paris highlights included Céline, Balenciaga, Dior, and Chanel—out of all the fresh faces, Deleeuw won the numbers game with 36 shows total. After skipping New York and London, Heesch kept the momentum from her Prada debut going with turns on top Paris runways, including Valentino (which she opened), Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Céline, Chanel, Chloé, and Dries Van Noten. For her part, Leloup did many of those same top shows (15 total in Paris), and both opened and closed Nina Ricci.

Saint Laurent was another highly anticipated moment that delivered on noteworthy newbies. Grace Mahary closed the show and also did Balenciaga, Givenchy (where she was an exclusive last season), Balmain, and Isabel Marant earlier in the week. Hedi Slimane also plucked Kristen McMenamy’s daughter Lily as an exclusive, and she turned up at Chanel the next day. Others at SL included Juliana Schurig, who built upon her success from the first three weeks in Paris, walking Lanvin, Giambattista Valli, and Alexander McQueen, among others; Magdalena Jasek, who opened Céline and did Louis Vuitton, Valentino, and Viktor & Rolf; and Alexandra Martynova, who we first saw as a Calvin Klein exclusive and really capitalized on her androgynous appeal in Paris, closing Dior and also showing up at Rick Owens and Alexander McQueen, among others. Overall, it was a season full of promising newcomers who will be top contenders for the season’s forthcoming ad campaigns.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Alexander McQueen Is Too Tired To Tweet…

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But he still will. The famously private Alexander McQueen jumped headfirst into social media on September 1 with this maiden tweet: “STRESSED! Microwave head meltdown! Sparks flying out of my brain! Preparing for the show—Lee McQueen.” Yes, it was really him. While McQueen’s Twitter @McQueenWorld has some of the publicist-driven tweets like other major fashion houses, the designer himself has been giving us intimate and occasionally expletive-filled little glimpses into his world, like this and this, and revealing abstract hints about the upcoming collection. It might actually be the case that for the shy designer—he once insisted on doing a TV interview with his back to the camera—Twitter may be the perfect mode of communication.

And McQueen is joining the likes of Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, and Burberry in live-streaming his show, called Plato’s Atlantis here on October 6 at 8:15 p.m Paris time. SHOWstudio head Nick Knight will be directing the live broadcast which will be spliced with footage already shot by McQueen and Knight that stars Raquel Zimmermann. Considering McQueen is usually one of the most thrilling and theatrical 15 minutes of Paris fashion week, it’s worth your while to tune in. In the meantime, you can pre-game on the site with a reel of past highlights.

Photo: Marcio Madeira