>> From minus thirty temperatures to slushy sleet to cats-and-dogs rain to ten minute snow storms with a peek of sun in between and then back to frigid winds and showers, this month has been a weather obstacle to challenge even the most pro of fashion month packers. Not to toot my own packing horn but I consider myself a nifty/smart-ish packer, fine tuned by the regularity of hauling suitcases out of the house as well as travelling to a multitude of climates during the year. There may not be official censuses to go by, but it’s certainly the wettest/windiest/coldest combo of gross weather I can remember for the duration of a fashion month. My friend Phil Oh can fly attest to this – he along with the most hardcore of street style soldiers do have to actually stand outside the shows and endure the conditions as opposed to the fortunate peeps, who swan in and out of heated venues and warm cars).
All in all, it made for some wayward layers. Multiple dresses and skirts over multiple trousers. Faux furs hiding underneath bigger parkas. Wearing body conscious tops in dubious fabrics just to create some artificial heat on the body. Doubling/tripling up on Uniqlo Heat Tech as well as a trusty Uniqlo Lemaire polo neck, which I’ve worn so much this month, it’s pilling like mad. And when it did get mildly warmer, might have wanted of spring summer’s prints – namely Coach’s ditzy florals, Simone Rocha’s sakura, Loewe’s menswear manga and Miu Miu’s clubbing cruise collection to come out and play, having been obscured by outerwear. Towards the end of the month in Paris my coat-induced hunchback could finally be banished. Bring on spring I say.
Ph. Koo for TheCut – Molly Goddard grey smock, Celine trouers, Robert Clergerie slip-ons, M. Patmos beanie, Raey jacket
Ph. Phil Oh for Vogue.com – Coach jacket and dress underneath Ashish dress
Ph. IMAXTREE – Vintage Chinoiserie jacket and shirt, Pucci scarf, vintage Chanel trousers, Gucci bumble bee slippers, Gucci ‘Tian’ GG Boston bag, Dior sunglasses
Ph. Phil Oh for Vogue.com – Céline suit and bag, X-Girl t-shirt, Vans x & Other Stories shoes