Or rather, I saw Chloé. Yesterday.
That's me waiting for the Chloé S2013RTW fashion show to get started in the sweltering heat of a semi-open-roofed venue in Tuileries Garden. Thankfully, I've had enough experience to know to wear a twinset with a sleeveless base: Fashion show venues - even ones without uncensored sunshine - tend to be saunas. By the end of the show, all that was left of the lady in the black coat behind me was a puddle clutching an iphone.
Why I'd decided to turn up relatively on time is anyone's guess. The embossed invitation said 4 but it wasn't until around 4:30 that the first look appeared on the runway; standard practice in the teasy "keep 'em waiting, keep 'em guessing" world of fashion, dahling. Not that my 35 minute wait was wasted. Attending a fashion show (which in itself is rarely more than 5 minutes long) is as much about seeing and being seen as it is about seeing what the designer has (or would like to have) in store(s) next season.
Among the sights to be seen were Garance Doré, famed blogger and top-knot wearer:
...this model/starlet, also sporting a top-knot:
...and this harried looking fashionista, topped, of course, with a hairy top-knot.
The guy right behind her apparently noticed a small bird nesting in there, and, judging by his expression, it was having a poop. As for the swathes of people behind them, the seated ones are thinking thank gawd I'm seated, while the ones standing near the rafters are thinking bastards. A few of them are also congratulating themselves for spotting Anna Wintour (unfortunately, the guy in front of me stood up just as I was taking my Hey, That's Anna Wintour! shot) and those sitting around me were wondering who the heck was sitting below us and why were they so big in Japan?
Style File Followers Take Note:
1. I know, it's an awful photo of me but it's the only one I got from the show. And I swear... that's the camera angle... My arms aren't really built for builder's work.
2. The hairdo-du-jour; the top-knot. The model/starlet carries it off well. As for others I've seen, I'm not sure if 'fashion your own fez' or the 'junior school art teacher' look are really as flattering as their wearers seem to believe.
3. Okay, okay - whoever was sitting below us was probably being snapped by members of the Chinese press. (The Alphaville reference was a moment of weakness.)
4. Oh, yes: The fashion show! Chloé! I thought the shoes were great.