It's funny how things work out sometimes. When I set off for Paris last month on my whistle-stop trip to fashion week, I actually only had three shows confirmed; I was planning to spend the rest of my two days sight-seeing and visiting friends. But of course, as soon as I checked into my hotel, I discovered a pile of show tickets I hadn't requested and sadly many of them were for the days I'd be back in London beavering away. I also received a last minute email from the people at Paul & Joe who invited me to drop by their presentation at the Studio Harcourt which I had seen once before for Romain Kremer's future retrospective. It's such an iconic location that it's almost impossible to decline, and of course I love any opportunity to look at more clothes, especially from a brand I'm not too familiar with.
Paul & Joe had the photographic studios arranged as they might once have been, with models drifting in and out of relaxed tableaux, even being encouraged to drink a glass or two of champagne to loosen up. The perfect opportunity to play around with my new camera lens... The collection itself was a mix of old-school dandy and modern gentleman. I surprised myself by loving a bright orange polo-neck (I know!) and also quite a classic zip-up cardigan with a grey marl effect (similar to some 3.1 Phillip Lim from last season, I'd say). The very chic glasses had me regretting my damned 20/20 vision, and not for the first time let me tell you. One day I'll get to look intelligent in a pair of specs :-( There were also some interesting fabric choices when it came to the jackets; I was not expecting animal prints from a brand like Paul & Joe but I certainly like it!
Alas, alack this is the last of my posts from Paris - I'm all dried up! But in only two short days the London shows will be well under way. Girls freezing in sheer dresses and sub-zero temperatures while they try to jump 'casually' in front of Scott Schuman. Boys fighting over who has the dandiest quiff or the highest platform brogues. Ah, fashion week...