A WEEKEND IN PARIS: It has been a busy few days for the designers participating in the Americans in Paris showroom, backed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue, which ran through March 4 at a new location on Rue Pierre Charron.
Between walk-throughs with retailers as well as journalists and influencers, the designers for the 10 labels present — all 2018 Vogue Fashion Fund finalists participating in the initiative for the first time — were also fitting in some downtime in the City of Light, whether for inspiration or partying.
For Jonathan Cohen, a trip to the flea markets was on the cards. “My collection is vintage inspired, and the littlest thing could catch my eye and spark a whole new season,” said the designer, whose fall 2019 vision came from blankets found on a trip to Mexico.
He had also enjoyed a private tour of the new exhibition at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent, one of the themes of which is the designer’s Mondrian dresses. “It was beautiful,” he said.
“We ended up at a Latin cabaret bar, we’re from Colombia, and Latins find each other everywhere,” confided Hunting Season’s Lena Baranovsky. “It was a drag cabaret, with tango dancing, not your typical Paris experience.”
Luar’s Raul Lopez was planning an inspiration trip to Versailles in his downtime, meanwhile, something he always tries to do when he’s in town. “I’m so stuck in the old world, I’m probably reincarnated and I used to work for the queen,” he said.
Not one to wait in line, Lopez had a tip for queue jumping. “I say I’m doing research and I always get to skip the line,” he said.
The 16th edition of the showroom also showcased designs by Batsheva, Pyer Moss, Bode, Christian Cowan, Matthew Adams Dolan, Rebecca de Ravenel and Scosha.