Paris Fashion Week: Walk in Anna Wintour's Shoes
What does Fashion Week look like if your name is Anna Wintour*? Let's take advantage of some of the biggest fashion events in Paris - if we copy her signature bob and black sunglasses, we can get a backstage look!
It's written in red on your calendar: "January 22-26: Paris Haute Couture"; "February 28 - March 8: Paris Ready-to-Wear".
Luxury hotels and gourmet lunches and dinners are booked well in advance. You climb aboard the airplane with a beautiful suitcase in hand - it's time for Fashion Week, and you're headed to the Ritz.
Waking up at 5:00 in the morning, you play a little tennis before embarking on a long day of work! You're at the top of the ladder, and your silhouette stands out, even in a crowd of thousands. You may still carry the image of the Devil Wears Prada, but that doesn't matter - you're one of the most important figures in the fashion world.
Getting to see the runways of the top French fashion houses is still the ultimate privilege. Chanel is a top prize, one of the most highly-anticipated shows. Karl Lagerfeld dreams up veritable spectacles, each full of secrets kept till the very last minute: casinos, supermarkets, underwater, or Parisian bistrot, what will be this year's theme?
Another must-see fashion house: Dior, located in the gigantic LVMH building. With the sudden death of Christian Dior in 1957, the label survived with the help of the unparalleled artistic direction of Yves Saint Laurent, who took over two years later.
For fourteen years straight, the provocative John Galliano designed explosive fashion shows. With Raf Simons, 2012 brought a return to basics with more minimalist presentations. This year, you're excited to see the first steps of the new artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri. Saint Laurent is in the same situation - Anthony Vaccarello has the difficult task of replacing Hedi Slimane.
Then: a little break for lunch! On your menu, salads and healthy products (with the exception of broccoli, which you hate), but you indulge in a little coffee ice cream for dessert - it's your guilty pleasure. On the other hand, there's no use in offering you any Champagne. The First Lady of Fashion never drinks!
Afterwards, it's the Jean Paul Gaultier show. Last summer, he brought us to an enchanted forest (with the pretty theme "In the Woods for Love"), but what will this year bring? One thing is for sure: you'll be treated with to a special kind of art and French savoir faire, tinged with punk culture that never gets old at Gaultier.
A few weeks later, you're back in Paris for the ready-to-wear portion. While you can't miss shows from big names like Hermès or Louis Vuitton, you like to pencil in other French designeds like Isabel Marant, a symbol of her generation who loves all things blurry, transparent, and crumpled.
With a more structured style, Hermès's last show was held at the Garde Nationale. Clean dimensions and belted skirts brought to mind a certain military rigor - but if elegance is the priority now, where will the show be held this year?
After stopping at the Vogue France offices in the 8th arrondissement, you leave to grab dinner at a Parisian bistrot, but you'll be back in your palace hotel room before 10:00. The High Priestess of Fashion has to be ready for the long work days required in the fashion world.
Of course, this will all be in your magazine!
*Anna Wintour is the Editor-in-Chief of the American edition of Vogue Magazine.