Paris has been one of the world’s fashion capitals since…well, since forever. So it was a no-brainer that a key event for the industry—especially one partnered by Swarovski—would find itself most at home in the City of Light. While London has hosted the Vogue Fashion Festival since 2012, it finally had its Paris debut on November 4. As you’d expect, this two-day edition opened with a glamorous, insider-only dinner. Co-hosted by Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt and Nadja Swarovski, the event welcomed fashion’s major movers and shakers to the luxury Hôtel Potocki on Avenue Friedland.
If you know your high-end style, you’d have spotted models Aymeline Valade and Iselin Steiro, plus blogger Camille Charrière wearing Atelier Swarovski. Fashion grandees included Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing; fellow designers Isabel Marant and Alexandre Mattiussi; CEO of vente-privee.com Jacques-Antoine Granjon; Chloé CEO Geoffroy De La Bourdonnaye; Christian Dior Couture CEO Sidney Toledano; and Olivier Saillard, influential fashion curator and the new director of Paris’s Palais Galliera fashion museum. Also in attendance were actress, musician and style icon Lou Doillon; jewelry designer Elie Top; and models Malgosia Bela and Othilia Simon.
The Vogue Paris Fashion Festival follows the earlier version successfully established by British Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman. The idea is to take Vogue out into the world beyond the printed and the online page, and also to gather together industry professionals (along with fashion aficionados from the public who were fortunate enough to bag a ticket) for two days of high-level talks, conferences and masterclasses. Topics included the business of fashion, journalism, modeling, and fashion as entertainment.
And that wasn’t all! The Vogue & Swarovski Crystal Collection showcased lavishly embellished fashion pieces created especially for the event by some of the city’s most exciting emerging talents: Ronald Van Der Kemp, Vanessa Seward, Arnaud Vaillant and Sébastien Meyer for Courrèges, Hiromichi Ochiai for Facetasm, Faith Connexion, Guillaume Henry for Nina Ricci, Johanna Senyk for Wanda Nylon and Glenn Martens for Y/Project.
If you didn’t make it this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for 2017.
PICTURES VOGUE PARIS X SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL COLLECTION
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