In these dark and stormy times—wretched politics! endless winter!—it is often tricky to keep one’s gaze aloft, one’s spirit elevated. This is even true for those folks who are lucky enough to work in fashion and tromp from city to city each winter, looking for inspiration and some great clothes. We all read the news, and it ain’t pretty. But then comes Paris . . . and, suddenly,?la vie en rose. The entire ville sparkles, much like its goofy, magical tower.?This season, Anna Ewers and her model crew (with director Gordon von Steiner and fashion editor Jorden Bickham in tow) took the best looks straight from the runways, rue-testing them from arrondissement to arrondissement, in UberPools, museums, fittings, and impromptu takeout picnics. Watch as Fall’s major?must-haves—a stunning mix of handcraft, canny upcycling, and utilitarian glamour—make even the coolest girls smile. Bonjour, pure joy!
Praise Be! The 28 Best Looks From the Paris Collections
Anna Ewers and pals take you behind the scenes at a dazzling, dizzying Fashion Week.
Maria Grazia Chiuri looked back to 1968 for inspiration for Christian Dior Fall 2018. Somehow, though, the elements she seized on—patchwork, crochet, bold unisex accessories—seem right in line with today’s artisanal, all-comers vibe. Ewers, Yasmin Wijnaldum, and Birgit Kos order Uber Eats in Dior; how modern is that?
Could it be that the “craftiest” dresses of the season are also the sexiest? Ummm, yes, on Ewers and Grace Elizabeth from Jonathan Anderson for Loewe.
Is it an opera cape or a conceptual layered parka? Who knows? It’s from Balenciaga, and you have to have it. Now. Big cities require big coats. Here on Tami Williams.
Anthony Vaccarello is known for his abbreviated hemlines, but when he goes long? Wow! Here, for Saint Laurent on Aymeline Valade.
The breakout collection of Paris Fashion Week was by Marine Serre, a young French woman who used deadstock silk scarves and neoprene to wicked effect. Williams, Adela Stenberg, Samile Bermannelli, Aya Jones, and Abby Champion are loving her layers.
Spliced and precise tailoring defined Thom Browne’s neo-couture-like offerings. Grace Hartzel and Williams have a walk-off in his atelier.
Saturated color, slinky knits, and a tiny bag: three flirty trends in one. Must be Jacquemus! Here on Ewers, Kos, Grace Elizabeth, and Binx Walton at the Musée Bourdelle.
All-the-way appliqué from Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino! This is how a wild floral becomes graphic, becomes classic. On the very lucky Ms. Anna Cleveland.
Ewers preps for her madcap week in the perfect trench, a wicked harness, and a wild sleeve, all by John Galliano for Maison Margiela.
For Paco Rabanne, Julien Dossena mixed mirrors, hardware, and chain mail with the chicest and most straightforward of silhouettes, and the result? It was as if the ’90s had suddenly collided with a disco ball (and hooray for that!). Wijnaldum, Kos, and Adut Akech, in their UberPool, could not be happier.
This Fall is the season of Frankenstein clothes: items that mix two silhouettes or messages. Nowhere was this done more brilliantly or beautifully than at Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton. From strict tailoring there arose extraordinary taffeta wings and bows. As chic as it gets, here on Akech.
How to find your Uber driver? Take a page from Ewers and pour yourself into space-age Balmain by Olivier Rousteing. Shine for day never felt so right.
Glenn Martens, for Y/Project, knows that a thigh-high boot, here in trend-on tartan, makes the urban gallop that much cooler. Cleveland agrees.
Karl Lagerfeld’s walk in the woods for Chanel, in the Grand Palais, bien s?r, saw Ewers, Grace Elizabeth, Kos, and Hartzel in gorgeous, demure dresses and long coats. Loveliness. What else could you ask for?