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Paris Fashion Week AW13/14: Tuesday


This morning we’re opening the day with Chanel, always a highlight of the Paris Fashion week calendar. We also have the highlights from Valentino and British label Alexander McQueen

Marina Nelson & Katie Ramsingh ,

EDITD ‏tweeted: Centre stage, a huge rotating globe w/ flags representing each @CHANEL store. Sketchy graphics on knits & crafty florals on denim #PFW

9.59am: Our morning kicked off with Chanel, always a major talking point at Paris Fashion Week. The set was a giant rotating globe that saw models showcasing the new world according to Chanel. Statement tweed nipped-in coats were joined by tough, gothic, thigh-high leather boots with chainmail details, while the models rocked neon-coloured fur wigs to add the wow factor. Each look was accessorised with long leather boots, while hemlines got shorter and pops of berry red, royal blue and dusky pink added a softer edge.

VOGUE.CO.UK ‏tweeted: Pleated skirts and thigh-high boots, high collars and colourful aviator hats @CHANEL

Women’s Wear Daily ‏tweeted: Nicole Richie, Frank Ocean and Roxane Mesquida are front row at Valentino. #PFW

2.26pm: Valentino took the collection back to everyone’s early years of uniforms and rules. Each model had the same strict side plait, while the clothing pieces suggested a Renaissance revival. Collars made statements and were a striking focal point. Floor-length gowns came with skintight arms, while the body of the dresses were loose and floating. Softer touches were later seen with the introduction of sequinned gowns, berry-red fur coats and deep-toned paisley prints.

Jessica Laniewski ‏tweeted: Wow wow wow. Beautiful show @MaisonValentino definite retail and editorial success

Times Fashion tweeted: McQueen O’clock!

4:04pm: With head designer Sarah Burton on maternity leave, we were informed that the Alexander McQueen autumn/winter 2013/14 collection would consist of only 10 looks and be shown as a presentation. While this may have dampened some spirits, a McQueen show is always a fashion spectacular and we knew we could still expect something to remember from the house. Inspirations included the church, cardinals and Popes, all of which are more than a little controversial currently, yet the Alexander McQueen show was nothing short of heavenly. Heavily influenced by the Elizabethan era, models graced the catwalk in intricately beaded dresses, golden bodices and huge full skirts, with ruffs to complete the look. All of the McQueen signature elements were present; hips were as exaggerated as ever and this season’s headwear consisted of latticed head-cages, giving the collection that edge for which the label is renowned.

Read on for more from our last entry in our Paris Fashion Week diary: Wednesday.

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