Let’s not bury the lead. My big scoop of the day is that I met Dries Van Noten’s dog. He’s an Airedale Terrier, and his name is Harry. (Sadly I did not meet Dries, but if I ever do, I’ve got my icebreaker.)
Lindsay Lohan's first show as “creative director” of storied French house Emanuel Ungaro was today. WWD called it an embarrassment. I can see how people feel their intelligence is insulted by the choice. But I don’t think the clothes were as embarrassing as they could have been. (Change the neon color palette in the first looks to upmarket beiges and greys, and how is it different from all those other bandage dresses on the runway? Who was expecting originality?)
The newsworthy moment for me is that Lohan was crying when she took her bow. I could almost hear the creaking around me, as Botoxed eyebrows raised like curtains. It seemed sad. Maybe she doesn’t get a lot of opportunities to do things that mean something to her anymore.
I could write a whole post about the strange things I ate today in an effort to avoid crumbling to curb level with the pigeons. I walked and rode the metro to six different show locations – I was always starving. Luckily, in Paris, there are always pastries at hand. I have never had so many pastries in one day in my life.
The Tuileries / Louvre / Place Vendome were swarming with "people" as the French say. (Saw Erin Fetherston in Lanvin sunglasses, and then minutes later, the Rodarte sisters on rue Saint-Honoré.) Hoofing it from the Louvre to Place Vendome for Dries, I looked up and saw this:
I wish I could have zoomed in to hear their conversation and see who they were, but alas my Robert Altman powers were useless, so we can only imagine what was happening up there. So cinematic.
Over in the 17th, at Givenchy, I was completely mesmerized by the Lycée Carnot, a venue I’ve always loved, and the shiny locks of Margherita Missoni, who was en face (in the red and black skirt in the photo below). I tried to get a video that captured the splendor of both things, but in the end my video is terrible, since the show took place as dusk fell. I will admit that with all my camera fiddling, I realized how good the clothes were only at the end. This is the problem with recording, you end up not watching with your own eyes.
But what an exciting collection. I talked to some very happy retailers leaving the show.