Fashion Week opens today
The Paris collections for Autumn/Winter 2011-12 open today in the midst of the John Galliano scandal, and the uncertainty as to whether the Dior show will be maintained on Friday at the Musée Rodin. Following tradition, this first day is dedicated to young designers, including notably the London duo Aganovich and Anthony Vaccarello, who we talked about recently regarding his capsule collection for La Redoute. Big news this season is Christophe Lemaire’s first collection for Hermès, following the departure of Jean-Paul Gaultier, to be presented this Sun 6 Mar. Everyone’s eyes will also be on Sarah Burton’s second collection for Alexander McQueen, after the suicide of the designer last year, and on the stars of Paris fashion week these last few seasons: Céline, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten and Givenchy. This season, the Palais de Tokyo makes a 3rd space available for shows, and the Grand Palais also hosts a new 300-person room for young designers. And on Place de la Concorde, on either side of the entry to the Tuileries, the organising committee have erected two tents, one for receiving the press and one, the Pavillon Concorde, for shows. Also worth noting, the March issue of French Vogue, currently on newstands with Saskia De Brauw on the cover photographed by duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, is departed editor Carine Roitfeld’s last.
Tue 1 Mar-Wed 9 Mar.