PFW diary: A carousel of confections at Louis Vuitton close out Paris Fashion Week

Photography by Ludwig Bonnet/Louis Vuitton
Photography by Ludwig Bonnet/Louis Vuitton

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With the rumour mill still churning about Marc Jacobs’ impending new home (or house, actually) at Christian Dior, the Louis Vuitton show was one of the hottest tickets in town. Starting promptly at 10 a.m., glam front-row guests like Olivia Wilde, Natalia Vodianova, and Delphine Arnault (daughter of LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault) quickly took their seats as a giant round curtain went up to reveal the most magical sight: a whitewashed carousel packed with the show’s models atop moving horses. One by one they stepped off the carousel and walked the circular runway in gorgeous confections that looked like they came straight from Ladurée: organza-wrapped dresses, pastel-coloured laser-cut lace skirts, powdered crocodile bags, flower appliqués, diamond wishbone necklaces, mirrored woven metallic bags, and Mary Jane mules. As for that famous name who closed the show? Wearing a sequined and feathered minidress and tiara, Princess Kate (as in Moss) was the final fairy to grace this fashion fairytale.

Back in the Tuileries, PFW was winding down with its final show of the season: Elie Saab. Here, vibrant colour (emerald green, lapis blue) mingled with softer hues (white, peach), but the real standout pieces were the evening gowns. From diaphanous to matte sequins to backless, these floor-grazers cut a fine swath. As did model Karlie Kloss, who was last on the runway, signature walk in full effect. Only the outline of her silhouette was left as the runway lights dimmed one final time. Paris, je t’aime. See you next season.

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