Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Chloé. photos: Catwalking/Getty Images, Getty Images, WireImage
Going glacial: At Chanel, Lagerfeld brought the climate change debate to the forefront of fashion by importing a 25-foot-long iceberg from Sweden (which was delivered back to Scandinavia after the show!) Models wore Yeti-style snow boots to splash through the puddles of the melting glacier, and fur was everywhere - from snowpants to skirts to evening gowns. Of course, Lagerfeld being Lagerfeld, all of the fur was very animal- and environmentally-friendly: it was faux, naturally. How will you be wearing your signature Chanel handbag next autumn? As a frozen treat - Lagerfeld sent out ice-cube tray purses, snowball puff bags and ice block-shaped clutches. It was enough to make you long for a really cold winter. Front row celebs included the usual suspects: Lindsay Lohan, Vanessa Paradis and Alexa Chung.
Wild and weird moment of the day: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac isn't one to shy away from colour, cartoons (remember the Kermit dresses?) or anything outrageous, for that matter. This season was no exception as models marched out wearing reindeer hats and unicorn heads to accessorise the vividly-coloured garments, which were religiously inclined (a stained glass dress took on a literal twist, constructed out of coloured panes of plexi-glass, while prints of angels and the Madonna adorned the clothes). Dita Von Teese was spotted in the front row supporting the designer - whose son, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac, she also happens to be dating.
16 final pieces: In an intimate gilded salon setting, Alexander McQueen's final 16 creations were displayed to an audience of editors in Paris yesterday. Inspired by art of the Dark Ages, McQueen's caped gowns and draped dresses captured a medieval beauty in the ornate fabrics that recalled McQueen's romanticism and also his landmark collections through the years. For his final pieces, McQueen turned back to the handcraft that he loved, and these beautiful show-stoppers will be part of the lasting legacy that McQueen has left on the fashion world and the lives of many.
Celebrity skin: While jeweller David Yurman had Catherine Deneuve make an appearance to fête his first European concession at Printemps, singer and model romancer Pete Doherty played an hour-long acoustic gig at the refurbished Joseph store on Avenue Montaigne, while the likes of Irina Lazareanu, Margherita Missoni, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and IHT's Suzy Menkes watched on.
White and beige: At Chloé, designer Hannah MacGibbon showed that beige is all the rage with her head-to-toe daywear looks in the sophisticated shade. Meanwhile, Valentino designers Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri established their modern vision for Valentino by opening with sleek white looks. Of course, the ruffles and the Valentino red were still there, on cropped leather skirts and flowing evening gowns.
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