Paris fashion week: shows and designers to follow

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Naturally, celebrities and other fashion icons will be paying plenty of attention to the most renowned designers and couture houses this week. But as every season, newcomers and other underdogs will also vie for attention, each trying to outdo the last to become the brand of the season amongst fashionistas.

Stay tuned

French lingerie brand Lejaby, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, teamed up with Léa Peckre, winner of the Grand Prix at the 2011 Hyères International Fashion Festival. The resulting ready-to-wear collection will be presented exceptionally during Paris fashion week, on March 3. Léa Peckre will likely revisit the French brand’s signature pieces in this must-see show.

Perhaps the most hotly anticipated show of the week is that of Louis Vuitton. The fashion world has been speculating on the luxury house’s next collection since November, when Nicolas Ghesquière was announced as the successor to Marc Jacobs as creative director. All eyes will be on the runway show on Wednesday, March 5 to see what the French stylist will bring to the time-honored brand.

Two heavyweights

While there are several must-see shows at Paris fashion week each season, those of Chanel and Christian Dior are often at the top of the list for many a fashionista.

As always, celebrities and style icons are particularly eager to attend Karl Lagerfeld’s next runway show for Chanel. Typically very inventive — both when it comes to the outfits on display and to the décor — the great couturier is expected to wow the fashion world once again. Still fresh in our minds, last year’s runway show took place in a transformed version of the historic Grand Palais, around the centerpiece of a giant globe. Color, surprisingly, overshadowed the traditional black and white color scheme favored by the luxury brand. The forthcoming Chanel Fall-Winter collection, which promises to be no less surprising, will be presented on Tuesday, March 4.

After several seasons at the head of Dior’s creative department, Raf Simons has certainly found his bearings as the designer behind the couture house’s women’s collections. Last year’s collection highlighted floral prints and flower-shaped garments, a nod to Christian Dior, but also featured a number of personal touches such as patches and slogans on certain outfits. For Fall-Winter 2014-2015, we hope to see even more of Raf Simons’s personal stamp. The runway show is scheduled for Friday, February 28.

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