Everything you need to know about Paris Fashion Week

Welcome to Paris! Welcome to the biggest, craziest, most creative of all Fashion Weeks! All butcher's stores have been turned into clothing stores!  Celebrities are arriving! All the pretty bloggers. The sky is not the limit !
Paris during fashion week earns 800 million euros. It is the capitol of fashion! How many Guccis, LVs , Chanels, The Kooples and Zaras are there in one city. But no worries, there is one bakery and one coffee shop somewhere here that charges you 20 euro per cup.

Tight security outside Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Elie Saab, etc.  Those with invitations pass through, others fighting the cold temperatures for a chance to get in or simply spot someone famous. Invitations can be purchased by some, we prefer to earn it.

Every luxury hotel in Paris welcomes a celebrity guest during Paris fashion week and Paris fans get extremely excited when they spot one. They can knock you out, so watch out. Exhibit 1 (Chris Brown exiting hotel) .

Not afraid of traffic, street style photographers crawl the grounds, push, chase their pray to snap that one perfect photo. Bloggers, celebrities, arriving styled and ready to be profiled. The key is to stand out from the crowd. But if you don't know how to do it, do some research. Note to some folks, don't overdo it and look like a fashion victim instead, although that, too, can make your photo appear on the pages of the magazines.

Bloggers these days prefer to be called web- influencers. They assume their status is fans whereas traditional editors never. Yes, they do get free clothing for gifts, sometimes they sign contracts, like the Italian born, Chiarra Ferragni and create their own fashion line. 
These new young women packed in designer clothing are the pray for street style photographers.
 

 Founder JOLIEGAZETTE, Juliet Belkin in a dress by  Anna K

Founder JOLIEGAZETTE, Juliet Belkin in a dress by Anna K

The queen of it all is undoubtedly Anna Dello Russo. She is the editor-at-large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan. Dello Russo was born in Bari, and currently resides in Milan. She is self-described as a "passionate fashionista" and has been described by Helmut Newton as a "fashion maniac". Dello Russo is often featured in popular street style photographer blogs like The Sartorialist and Tommy Ton.

In case you did not know, she never wears same outfit twice. After all these years in fashion, Anna remains a favorite of all photographers. Like that Yohji Yamamoto coat Anna was photographed. She was photographed in it more than it was photographed for Yohji.

Anna's motto: "If you feel down, change outfits"

"When my ex-husband was moving in, he asked where do I put my clothes? I said,  "No room at all." So he left.

So there! Wonder what she choose for her divorce outfit?

 Founder JOLIEGAZETTE, Juliet Belkin wearing  Kamila Dmowska  dress, Chanel boots, vintage jacket

Founder JOLIEGAZETTE, Juliet Belkin wearing Kamila Dmowska dress, Chanel boots, vintage jacket

Indescribable chaos all around as we approach the entrance. Behind the stage it's dark just as the show is about to start.  The bleachers are either in U, L, W, X or A shapes. Models have to watch out for collisions indeed. Cameras everywhere. At H&Mcameras were aimed at filming celebrity guests. For many other designers overhead cameras are a thing.

Collections are first and foremost the shows. Designers go out of their way to impress. There is singing at DSquared, worker's march at Anya Hindmarch, restaurant or produce store at Chanel,  the funeral position at Thome Brown, library at Sonia Rykiel or this year's futuristic scene at Louis Vuitton and great hall in an unused ballroom of a home for Miu Miu. The setting is the first thing you notice as you enter the show and it creates an atmosphere. These days the top models everyone waits to see are Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid.  And famous "momager' Kris Jenner is always to spot on the first row of every show her daughter walks.

Some shows are a real trip, like that of Rick Owens. Remember penises on the runway? Some serious peekaboo there. What about women in gold masks as if out of space, very abstract, foggy, weird?
 

 

 

 

 

 

As for whether human accessories will become a trend according to Rick Owens we don't know, but we're staying tuned.

 

Rick Owens believes beauty is everywhere.  Ok... for the moment your mind is suddenly bizarre. You get the urge to lick the rails, touch the doors along streets of Paris.
What is this object??  OMG! It's a cat! I love cats! Meow!
Beauty is everywhere (hmm, ok).

 

 

 

 


The new collection everyone is wearing and talking about is Vetements by Demna Gvasalia. His last show at club "The Depot" in Paris, where some go to 7th heaven, gathered a fashion crown. Oversized sleeves, re-cut dislocated clothes, overweight, sweater with a hole in the back, just wild!

Your attitude is while wearing Vetements, "What's your name again? Who cares, I'll just call you a thing".

 

 

This season noone knew what to expect from Karl Lagerfeld. His produce store, restaurant and airport themes for Chanel were quiet a hit in the past. This season Karl went back to basics. Starting from the invitations with a simple drawing of a chair and a sign, "Front Row Only". Because some folks complained that it was hard to see the look, the fabric, the details from the back, Karl made everyone happy. Grand Palais was filled with single rows of plastic gold chairs that snaked around the brightly lit room. Karl went for an atelier look.

 

 

 

 

The iconic Chanel tweed suit in its signature midi-length, paired with boater hats with chin straps and turn-under brims, and matching knee-high boots. Heels were low ladies, lot of strands of pearls and gold chains. The collection was both classy and fabulous just like the lady you must be. Surprising fact as Karl Lagerfeld announced Willow Smith as Chanel's ambassador. Your thoughts?

Text: JULIET BELKIN
 

Paris notes: The Vetements Street Style Obsession

After every fashion season there is always one item that pops up on every fashionista, blogger, celebrity or a major style star. This season it is Vêtements denim led by Demna Gvasalia. Vetements was founded by seven graduates of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts who came together while working at Maison Margiela, Vetements burst onto the scene with an approach that deconstructs the familiar and reassembles it in ways that challenge conventions of clothing and of fashion itself.  While in Paris we spotted them on literally everyone.

“I’m driven by making fashion that has a place in the real world,” says the Georgian designer Gvasalia, who in October 2015 was named artistic director or Balenciaga. “The attitude is in the clothes themselves.”

 Pernille Teisback in Vetements jeans. Photo: Imaxtree

Pernille Teisback in Vetements jeans. Photo: Imaxtree

 Natali Goldenberg J'ai Perdu Ma Vestee

Natali Goldenberg J'ai Perdu Ma Vestee

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 Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung

 Celine Aagard and Annabel Rosendahl

Celine Aagard and Annabel Rosendahl


 

Joliegazette Police de la mode: Oscars

When an Australian actress Margot Robbie showed up on the red carpetshe put everyone to shame. The actress looked stunning in metallic Tom Ford. Classy Hollywood at its finest.

 Cate Blanchett opted for the fairy- like appearance wearingArmani Prive dress. It's a beautiful gown, but perhaps a bit too playful for Cate.

Cate Blanchett opted for the fairy- like appearance wearingArmani Prive dress. It's a beautiful gown, but perhaps a bit too playful for Cate.

 Charlize Theron can never go wrong. This lady in red dazzled us with graceful beaut ones again

Charlize Theron can never go wrong. This lady in red dazzled us with graceful beaut ones again

 Orange is the new Black for Olivia Munn! Minimalistic with a pinch of color. Why not?

Orange is the new Black for Olivia Munn! Minimalistic with a pinch of color. Why not?

 Sorry Heidi Klums, but this Marchesa dress is a Big, Fat, Heidisaster.

Sorry Heidi Klums, but this Marchesa dress is a Big, Fat, Heidisaster.

 We love Brandon Maxwell and Lady Gaga, but this ensemble didn't quiet work for Gaga.

We love Brandon Maxwell and Lady Gaga, but this ensemble didn't quiet work for Gaga.

 All black everything for Sara Silverman in Zac Posen.

All black everything for Sara Silverman in Zac Posen.

 Perhaps too simple for the occasion Rachel McAdams in August Getty Atelier.

Perhaps too simple for the occasion Rachel McAdams in August Getty Atelier.

 Big whopee for Whoopie Goldenberg. I guess we're used to seeing her in a completely different style. Love you Whoopie!

Big whopee for Whoopie Goldenberg. I guess we're used to seeing her in a completely different style. Love you Whoopie!

 Man of the night, Leonardo DiCaprio in Giorgio Armani and Christian Louboutin shoes. We'll never let go!

Man of the night, Leonardo DiCaprio in Giorgio Armani and Christian Louboutin shoes. We'll never let go!

 

Trend Alert: Mini Bags

So far 2016 is all about Mini and Micro Mini bags! Throughout this past London Fashion Week, every fashionista has been downsizing to tiny bags. Especially popular are miniature versions of very popular regular sized bags, such as the Gucci Bamboo Shopper and the Prada Galleria bag. In this case of handbags this year, less is more!

Channel these looks:

Text: BROOKE COSTELLO