As snow flurries fell, celebrities wrapped up in couture – Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery resorted to a luxe puffer over her Armani pantsuit – to hit exclusive shows at Paris Couture Fashion Week Spring Summer 2020 that kicked off on January 21.
The fashion off the runway was just as head-turning as on, with Hollywood stars including Tilda Swinton, Kate Beckinsale and Kristen Stewart showcasing classic and cool street looks to inspire for Australia’s upcoming winter.
The key messages? Choose colour over black, heels are back, coats are oversized. And for the first time in decades, sheer black stockings are cool. Kate Middleton, your time is now.
Bona fide supermodels Naomi Campbell and Natalia Vodianova rocked it arriving at Valentino. Campbell’s huge white coat was a staple during the week and Vodianova was a rarity, choosing jeans instead of wide-legged pants, which were everywhere.
Celine Dion wafted into Valentino on January 23 in a long prairie poncho, statement jewellery and burgundy velvet pumps.
At Chanel, Stewart went for the house’s boucle jacket with gold trim, ombre pants to match her hair and a close approximation of Clarks’ ‘Danmont’ school shoes.
Olivia Palermo (with husband Johannes Huebl, in tight pants) matched her coat to her dress but clashed her brown Valentino belt with her biker boots on January 23. Try this at home.
Model Coco Rocha had a girls’ day out at Jean Paul Gaultier with daughter Iona, the proud mother in cream fake fur coat and white ankle boots with a pale mulberry dress and sugar pink round bag.
Two days earlier, Rocha was solo for Schiaparelli in cigarette leg pants, stabby heeled boots and military-style jacket.
Swinton was fabulous in practical head-to-toe Chanel, from (acceptable) baker boy cap to polo neck, and pants with tough hem detailing.
Dakota Fanning strolled the streets on January 21 in an olive trench, leopard print dress and heavy boots.
It was Hammer time for former Paris resident Melissa George, who paired a pink T-shirt and tailored jacket with a bedazzled pant.
Juliette Binoche: Lipstick-pink silk shirt, black and white coat with dramatic lapels and giant gold chain belt at Balmain. Chic goals.
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark wore velvet lace-up boots two days running at three shows. At Balmain, they teamed with a white mini, black coat and purple bag, and at Valentino the boots anchored a bohemian print dress.
German influencer Leonie Hanne from Ohh Couture worked a snakeskin coat and boots with pale skirt and polo, adding pops of green via a beret and socks.
It’s a lot, but English actor and model Mia Goth pulled off feathers, lace and a casual bag to duck into Valentino.
Creative director and fashion blogger Helena Bordon’s one million followers saw head to the Eiffel Tower on January 23 in an embellished coat, tights and boots.
Under the coats, the glamour quotient was upped by the front rowers. Lucy Boynton hit the perfect yin and yang note in floaty tiered Valentino with flat riding boots.
Uma Thurman looked a touch Angelina Jolie circa 1998, in dated strappy sandals, crystal-trimmed jacket and tiered skirt. Too dainty.
At Chanel, Marion Cotillard was classy with an undone bun, red lip, modern old-school necklace and great gold shoes.
Beckinsale went full-tilt in a high-necked cutout mini and stripper shoes.
Camila Coelho showed Beckinsale and her 7.6 million followers how to do a mini with heels. Fantastic 1980s sleeves on a bandage dress and structural mid-height ankle boots.
Courtney Love (at Valentino) had a podium finish for best use of newly-cool sheer black stockings, but the predictable red stiletto should have been cobalt or silver.
Kat Graham also worked stockings, with a hybrid magician-slash-waiter’s costume.