While each individual city on the fashion month circuit delivers an inspiring vision for the season ahead, Paris is undoubtedly where the buck stops. Narrowing down the best looks from Paris Fashion Week is a challenge, which is why we tapped editor at large, Rachel Zoe, for hers. She's had decades of experience attending shows in the French capital and an eye honed not just for editorial features but, more importantly, for actual wear, thanks in large part to her role as one of the first celebrity stylists to concoct looks for her clients to wear beyond the red carpet.
"Paris Fashion Week is really where a lot of the heavy hitters present their collections," explains Zoe. "Of course, there are fantastic brands in every country, but so many of the iconic houses show there, making it an important week to watch." With the likes of Chanel, newly helmed by Virginie Viard, Hedi Slimane's Celine and Claire Waight Keller's Givenchy, there is plenty of newness, too. "Paris shows have been given a breath of fresh air over the past few years, making it incredibly exciting," says Zoe. Ahead, see her selects of the best looks on the Parisian runways.
"Anthony Vacarello closed this show with a parade of riffs on the classic Saint Laurent Le Smoking, notably including Naomi Campbell for the finale, but it was the bohemian-infused '70s pieces that really caught my eye. I adore this metallic gold embroidered dress styled with slouchy boots — it's perfection."
"Giambattista Valli's collections are always so fanciful and pretty, and this was no different. He was inspired by gardens, which came through in the tiered petal-like confections, vine and floral prints and even a few models with flowers delicately affixed to their faces."
"The Chanel show was a spectacle, mainly because of the stunning recreation of Parisian rooftops walked by the models, but also thanks to the runway crasher who received ample press. This whimsical black and white look complete with a bowler hat is a playful-yet-modern take on the French doyenne."
"Hedi Slimane's reinterpretation of the original Celine woman just keeps getting better. In addition to the wide-leg jeans and blazer combinations, which are essentially my everyday uniform, I loved this shrunken, embellished vest styled over a pussy-bow blouse, cropped black culottes and tall boots"
"Altuzarra is so good at creating sleek, classic looks for the modern woman, and this collection featured a range of must-have suits and scarf-print dresses that are perfect for spring. His juxtaposition of crochet with crisp tailoring felt fresh, and I particularly loved this bold red iteration."
"At Givenchy, Claire Waight-Keller struck an incredible balance between svelte tailoring and voluminous silhouettes, with an abundance of rounded sleeves which were seen throughout fashion month. I particularly loved this razor-sharp look on Kaia Gerber, which is a refreshing alternative to predictable cocktail attire."
"Virgil Abloh's Off-White collection was crisp and powerful in its simplicity. Titled 'Meteor Strike', it featured plenty of circular cut-outs and a space-forward undertone, but it was the closing fuchsia looks that really made it stand out for me. I'm obsessed with this subtly irreverent dress' feminine silhouette rendered in a technical fabric — complete with bungee cord,"
"I am dying to witness someone walk the carpet in this tiered, feathered frock. There is nothing better than seeing a feathered minidress in motion. As usual there were too many amazing looks to choose from in the Valentino show, but this lavender look, styled with flat sandals and a neon orange bag was an absolute winner in my book."