The Moments You Won’t Want To Miss From Paris Fashion Week

It's the final city of fashion month.

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by Hannah Banks-Walker |
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We’ve arrived in Paris - the final stop of fashion month - and arguably the most storied of the four capitals. On Tuesday, the seven-day schedule kicked off with Dior, which always opens the week with something of a spectacle (translation: an epic set and even more epic gowns). At Balmain, Cher (yes, really) made a guest appearance, not on the front row but on the actual catwalk. Wearing a silver latex bodysuit, there's only word for such a moment: spectacular. And the showstoppers keep on coming. From Ye opening Balenciaga to Bella Hadid's spray-on dress created live on the runway, this is a season to remember.

The schedule is jam-packed with more of fashion's bright lights, both established and new-guard. Dries Van Noten, Acne Studios, Schiaparelli, Loewe, Victoria Beckham, who's moved her show to Paris, Coperni, Balenciaga, Valentino, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Chanel, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, all are bringing their unique brand of magic to the City of Lights. Stay tuned for the moments you won't want to miss.


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Muddy Puddles

Demna is never one to shy away from a serious set. For Balenziaga's latest show, the models stomped through puddles in a sludgy venue, opened by none other than Ye (complete with a Balenciaga mouthguard).

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Get Ready In Under 10 Mins

For the grand finale of Coperni, the audience were treated to a truly showstopping moment which saw a team of specialists, headed up by Dr Manel Torres, paint supermodel Bella Hadid with spray-on fabric to create the final look in just nine minutes. Iconic.

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I Got You Babe

First, Paris Hilton closed the show at Versace. Now Cher - actual Cher! - took to the catwalk in what looked like skin-tight silver latex to walk for Balmain's Olivier Rousteing. Speechless.

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Wedding Night

To celebrate a decade of showing at PFW, Jonny Johansson put his typically sideways spin on a wedding party at Acne Studios. The 'front row' was seated on what looked like a giant (silk-sheeted) bed, while all the tropes of a traditional wedding (corsages, tablecloths and even the wedding-night bedsheets) were present and correct, albeit seen through a kitsch lens. 'I find weddings fascinating because they are always a melting pot, and they kickstart a lot of aesthetic choices. There’s something cute, kitschy, sweet about weddings – but also something serious, tense, and vulnerable.'

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The Dress(y) Shirt

A white shirt is a wardrobe perennial, but this version - just one of the exquisite looks at Dries Van Noten - is a tantalising option when you want to dress up but feel like you're dressed down.

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Miss Moss

Fresh off the runway at Bottega Veneta - where she was charged with making a plaid shirt look anything but ordinary - Kate Moss arrived on the front row of Saint Laurent. As well as reuniting with her supermodel friends - Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow and Eva Herzigová - she posed up a storm in front of the Eiffel Tower. Iconic.

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Corsets And Cargo Pants

At Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri's inspiration was Catherine de Medici. As Grazia's Laura Antonia Jordan noted: 'An astute operator, Medici also made several sartorial innovations de modecorsets, platform heels and Burano lace among them. Rather than treat them as archaic symbols of restraint, Grazia Chiuri employed a light touch to render them not only modern, but functional. Look at that unapologetic corsetry or those crinolines, their construction exposed, they felt more like a sweeping statement of intent than something cumbersome. How liberating.'

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