Supermodel Kate Moss on Wednesday wrapped up Paris Fashion week with a surprise appearance on the catwalk at Marc Jacobs’s Louis Vuitton show.
Sporting a short black wig, Moss drew cheers as she stepped out of one of dozens of identical doors in US designer Jacobs’s hotel-inspired set.
In a show celebrating what Jacobs called “decadent glamour”, gold and silver embroidery covered dresses with a retro feel were finished with fur trims and shimmered on the catwalk.
Silk and satin dresses were covered in what looked like lace but were in fact tiny cut feathers, while purple and green silk check coats and a backless trouser suit made liberal use of ostrich feathers.
Handbags, meanwhile, went without the house’s famous monogram or Damier canvas.
Instead three iconic bag shapes — the Pochette Accessoire, Lockit and the Speedy — were given makeovers using textures such as marabou, curled goose feather and waxed crocodile.
“All the classic signs of a Vuitton bag were reinterpreted in materials that were more exotic or more hand-treated or just more feminine,” US designer Jacobs said.
Asked about Moss, Jacobs added: “She means a lot to me personally. She’s a very dear friend and she’s closed many Vuitton shows.”
Meanwhile, Chinese designer Masha Ma’s “Winter Garden” collection was inspired by the poetry of Spanish poet and Nobel laureate Juan Ramon Jimenez and the garden of Kyoto’s Ryoan-Ji temple under winter snow.
Long, narrow pencil skirts or slim-cut trousers emphasizing femininity, lightness and fragility were teamed with voluminous tops or over-sized jackets.
Body-hugging off-the-shoulder silk beaded dresses and satin blouses were a celebration of the “seductiveness of women”, the house said, adding that Ma’s femininity remained the key to her “ascetic exploration”.
A palette of “blues from midnight insignia to skyway, ice flow grey, caviar black, a touch of sea grass and dark olive… moonlight silver and pearl” complemented Ma’s longstanding color of choice — white.
The final show of the week was by South Korea-based Lie Sang Bong, who presented a “vintage window frame”-inspired collection.
Paris has hosted nearly 90 autumn/winter 2013/2014 shows over the past nine days with the highlight of the week undoubtedly Alexander Wang’s first collection for the illustrious French fashion house Balenciaga.
The New York fashion star succeeded in creating a collection that pleased both fashion watchers and his new bosses at the PPR luxury group that owns Balenciaga.
Chairman and chief executive Francois-Henri Pinault said Wang had excelled in producing a collection under huge pressure that he described as “elegance, modernity, structure”.
Another crowd-puller was Raf Simons’s second ready-to-wear show for Christian Dior.
Trade journal Women’s Wear Daily praised the Belgian designer, who replaced the disgraced John Galliano in April 2012, for showing more of himself with “splendid” results.
“While still respecting the codes of the house, for fall, Simons flexed many of his own signatures more obviously than in his debut collection — a move essential in the evolution of Dior as a storied house with plenty to say to the modern consumer,” it said.
The jury, meanwhile, was still out on Hedi Slimane’s young, grungy follow-up to his first women’s wear collection for Saint Laurent. His first collection last October divided the fashion industry.