Having fallen into a deep slumber after going out like a light the previous night, day two began all guns blazing. The streets were emptier, the boulevards seemed ghostly and the drizzle soon turned into hard pelts. Paris was in a mood- but be that as it may, she still has that beautiful flutter about her- it’s those flower flanked balconies and elegant shutters…
One big novelty of being Euro-side is actually being able to use your legs! Rather than Ubering it to the Roger Vivier presentation on the left bank, we braved the elements and walked the 40 minutes it takes to get to 1 Rue Saint Dennis.
Held at the Maison de L’Amerique Latine (a very regal and classic space), the Roger Vivier presentation (bags and shoes) was grand and iridescent. Spread across three high ceiling rooms, the pieces have a mix of genres, depicting an electrifying woman. Full of multi-coloured patterns, sequins and extravagance, each piece was more powerful than the next. Expect a barrage of houndstooth.
Up next were Izaak Azanei and Kamushki with Reem AlKanhal. We went to 7 Rue Froissart, a typically boutique laden area, made even more quaint by being a Saturday where there’s an added sleepiness in the air. In an exposed brick basement space, the designers showed us through their collections. Izaak Azanei’s trim fur cardis and gilletts have been a huge hit in the Middle East and they continue to create pops of electric fur – total street style domination.
Kamushki are all about their unique wishbone again this season, with an added choker playing to the pervasive 90s trend at the moment.
Saudi designer, Reem AlKanhal’s very urban shirt dress with the open circled back with red harp style strings is enough to make you want to introduce yourself from the reverse when wearing it at a cocktail party – the detail is super sexy.
And as you do in Paris, afternoon tea is a staple. And where better than the Guerlain headquarters on 68 Champs-Élysée? It is there where we finally met our September interview star, Esther Kamatari, the brand’s ambassadress and funnily enough, the Princess of Burundi.
Back in the September issue we covered important ground: beauty. Never had we heard so many profound phrases come from one person on a topic that is so vital to discuss today. The magic of that interview came to life during our sit down where it got to a point that we whipped out our phone to take note of her telling words. Esther is composed of all the most beautiful qualities that we strive for: confidence, humbleness and determination. She has a checkered past with wonderful moments and hardships, but “all that I know is, today”.