PFW diary: Day 2 in Paris is hot, and so are the clothes from Guy Laroche, Limi Feu, and Dries Van Noten

Photography by Eric Ryan/Getty Images
Photography by Eric Ryan/Getty Images

A full day of shows + 28° temps (a little unseasonal, n’est pas?) = time to get creative in the clothing department. Sadly, my suitcases are very un-Mary (as in Poppins); the items I packed­—mostly fall pieces—are hanging in my hotel room closet, literally ready to wear, but with several more hot days in the forecast, I keep poking my head into my now-empty bags hoping to pull out a cool (in every sense of the word) SS 2011 piece. The upswing? My skin has never looked better. Good thing the fashion industry is flexible, switching its direction almost as quickly as the weather. Here’s our roasty-to-wear round-up of the top 5 ways to beat the heat on (and off) the SS 2012 runways:

1. Guy Laroche’s large invites (which, luckily could also be used as fans) came in handy while waiting for the show (a.k.a. hot yoga class) to begin under a tent in the Tuileries.

2. Brights are back! (Did they ever go away?) From Limi Feu’s flame red plunging V-neck gown to the eye-popping array of tropical hues on Eds/buyers/bloggers (think fuchsia, canary yellow, orange and royal blue), hothouse took on a whole new meaning.

3. The Fashion Bus has AC. Enough said.

4. Open-toe heels are a must (especially if you have a car service for the week). Best in show? Dries Van Noten’s stacked heels with ankle tie and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of coloured metallic.

5. The ocean-print pieces at Dries made us want to dive right in, while his pixilated print of city lights at night have cool-girl written all over them.

LE CRUSH DU JOUR: Dries Van Noten’s bejeweled navy button-down shirt. Proof that a simple glittering line of jewels can work on an everyday basic.

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