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PFW AW 18 editor’s diary

From Clare Waight Keller’s club scene at Givenchy to our favourite faces on the runway this season, Fashion Editor Bridie Gilbert shares the best of Paris Fashion Week AW 18.

The shows …
Loewe: ahead of the show, Paris was plastered in Loewe’s latest advertising campaign photographed by Steven Meisel and starring Josh O’Connor reading a “Loewe classic”. Next came the invite with a poster of Stella Tennant reading yet another “Loewe classic”, this time Don Quixote, so we were starting to get the sense of a running theme. Sure enough, the special touch here was that we were treated to our very own Loewe classic placed upon our seats.
Jonathan Anderson: The designer’s AW 18 collection was (unsurprisingly) one of the strongest shows of the season – sophisticated, beautiful and intelligent clothes that consider how women want to dress. Soft leather details, multi-coloured thread ties that bunched parts of dresses together, shearling coats and relaxed tailoring.
Givenchy: Clare Waight Keller’s second collection presented at Palais de Justice was inspired by the west Berlin club scene during the 80s. Decadent faux fur, slim-line tailoring and metallic pleated dresses.
Chanel: the Grand Palais was turned into an Autumn forest with real trees, a ground of fallen leaves and moss. Even the seating was made from roughly sawn tree trunks. Signature tweed and quilted puffer jackets were the favourite looks here.

The beauty …
Side swept hair at Sacai, and clumpy mascara at Givenchy.

The accessories …
Christian Dior’s monogrammed saddle bag has been revived, this time with Maria Grazia Chiuri’s own touch of the guitar strap and intricate beading.

The faces …
Adesuwa Aighewi, Evelyn Nagy, Natalie Ogg, Assa Baradji, Loane Normand, and a surprise star appearance with Elle Fanning opening and closing Miu Miu.

Between shows …
“Je Suis Couturier”,
Olivier Saillard’s Azzedine Alaïa exhibition in Le Marais, and the Margiela/Galliera 1989-2009 exhibition at Palais Galliera. A glass of Sancerre at Hotel des Grands Boulevards‘ Shell bar, followed by dinner at it’s Grand restaurant, or Vesna salon for the perfect manicure.