As the saying goes, save the best for last... And with Lanvin on Thursday, Dior on Friday, Jean Paul Gaultier on Saturday, Céline and Chloé on Sunday, Stella McCartney and Saint Laurent on Monday, Chanel on Tuesday and Louis Vuitton on Wednesday, Paris certainly boasts an impressive line up. So what can we expect from the mighty maisons? If New York, London and Milan are anything to go by – a hefty helping of colour and print, a flashback to the 70s and the return of femininity is all on the cards and our love affair with sports luxe and fabulous flats all here to stay.
Dior has a new venue, the Cour Carrée at the Louvre, formerly Louis Vuitton's show space, Lanvin a new catwalk star – none other than Audrey Hepburn's granddaughter Emma Ferrer who is set to make her catwalk debut on Thursday and Stella McCartney, well some not-so-new fabrics, but instead, recycled materials inspired from her recent Green Carpet Collection seen last week in London.
Au revoir Jean Paul Gaultier
As we wait with bated breath to see how Nicolas Ghesquière follows the success of his debut collection for Louis Vuitton and revel in fresh talent from designers including Simon Porte Jacquemus and Julien David we also bid a sad farewell to Paris veteran Jean Paul Gaultier. After nearly 40 years of ready-to-wear, his SS15 show on Saturday will be his last, as he turns his attention to haute couture, fragrances and collaborations. Speaking of his new venture, Monsieur Gaultier said, 'This is a new beginning, I will be able to express again my creativity fully and without constraints.' We look forward to a new era of fashion's 'enfant terrible'.
Bienvenue David Koma
Following his hailed catwalk show last week in London for his namesake brand, this week in Paris David Koma will present his first catwalk show as Creative Director of Thierry Mugler. The British based designer is hoping to renew the Mugler woman. "You think of her as a strong woman," he explains. "We want to keep that, but make her more modern, human, more ready-to-wear than haute couture."
The runway for Roland Mouret
Giving American designer Michael Kors a run for his money, French designer Roland Mouret is expanding his repertoire. Not only has he collaborated with Banana Republic and is set to open his first New York store next month, he has also taken on a new role as a judge on France's version of Project Runway – Projet Fashion. The mini series will conclude at Paris Fashion Week, with a catwalk show at the Beaux-Arts where the three finalists will showcase their collections and the winner will be announced.
THE STYLE SPOTS...
Paris is home to some seriously stylish pillows. The reopening of the recently renovated Plaza Athénée on Avenue Montaigne, the new style soaked star on the block - Peninsula Paris on Avenue Kléber in the 16th arrondissement and the brand new Hotel Indigo Opera which opens on 22nd.
When it comes to catching a bite pre or post show, the fashion darlings will be heading to Paris' latest culinary delight La Belle Époque. This super chic bistro is both scrumptious and stylish and perfectly placed between Le Palais Royal and the opera. Or for that sweet tooth fix, there is no better place than Dessance on Rue des Archives in the 3rd arrondissement, which serves desserts and desserts only.
There are also a number of luxury concierge services available last minute in Paris if you so desire, catering to your every whim during fashion week....Read More: Make yourself at home in Paris.
And what should you pack for your Parisian style capsule wardrobe? Flats check. Midi length skirt and slim fit crew neck check. Cape check. Fake fur scarf check. Oversized shades check. Chloé Drew shoulder bag check.
And if you can't make it to Paris this fashion week, do not fret. Simply lose yourself in the new book from Caroline de Maigret 'How to Be a Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits' – a novel take on what it really means to be a Parisienne, or as their website describes, "your passport to authentic Parisian chic'.