See-through crocodile Birkins at Hermès, Marc Jacobs dresses the extrovert at Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu does glam rocker girls for Spring. Here are the highlights from the final day of the Paris shows -- even the high-security alerts didn't get in the way of another fabulous fashion season. We'll see you back in New York in February!
Model moment: Kristen McMenamy looked unbelievable as she sashayed down the Louis Vuitton catwalk in the final look of the show: satin tuxedo trousers and a zebra-striped top made of body paint (Carmen Kass' red wig also gets a special mention). For spring, the Louis Vuitton collection was a tribute to camp, by way of a Susan Sontag quote. Everything was OTT glamour, from the backdrop (three giant stuffed tigers, a faux-marble catwalk and gold-and-black fringed curtains) to the clothes, which mixed elements of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, chinoiserie and Japanese influences from designers like Kenzo Takada and Kansai Yamamoto. There were plenty of animal prints, Lurex, lamé, beading, fringe, glitter, tassels and more, decorating jumpsuits, flapper dresses, kaftans and knits. A celebration of excess and decadence, and why not? Isn't fashion supposed to be about having fun? Spotted from row were Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, and Mrs. Bono (aka Ali Hewson, whose sustainable label, Edun, is partly owned by LVMH).
Star spotting: At Miu Miu, they were in the front row: Dakota Fanning, Mia Wasikowska and Rihanna, and on the clothes: star prints decorated dresses, skirts and biker jackets in Miuccia Prada's glam rocker collection for Miu Miu - it was inspired by the desire to be famous, after all. There were plenty of metallics, fluorescents and pastels, as well as exotic floral motifs and easy cotton dresses with leather latticework.
Swan song: For his final collection for Hermès, Jean-Paul Gaultier took the storied house's equestrian motifs to new levels, from the riders on horseback opening the show to the fetishistic style leather bustiers, harnesses and basques as well as jodphurs, riding boots and whips the models sported. As ever, there was a Birkin (or five) to covet; our favourite from spring is translucent crocodile and was carried with a mini Birkin inside.
Feeling fruity: The message from the spring catwalks is clear: designers want us wearing fruit prints next season, whether those are Miuccia's bananas, Stella's lemons or the cherry prints designer Wolfgang Joop printed all over babydoll dresses for his Wunderkind collection.
Glamour gowns: Inspired by '70s icons Lauren Hutton and Bianca Jagger, Elie Saab's spring collection featured palazzo pants, jumpsuits, platforms and lots of gold jewellery. But the designer's red carpet-friendly looks still dominated, with thigh-high slit gowns, fluttering chiffon dresses and sequin-encrusted everything.