Maybe it's the shows I've been focusing on, but the fashions from Paris Fashion Week haven't seemed particularly ready to wear. From Paul & Joe comes a wearable, pleasant collection, full of the joie de vivre that's been missing from many of its contemporaries' efforts.
In a real model moment, Lindsey Wixson was the perfect choice to open the show, the Paul & Joe girl seems embodied in Lindsey. This was a collection girls and young women are going to want to add to their wardrobes and that will fit into them without making a huge stylistic "statement." It may not be street style photographer bait, but it's really stylish dressing.
It was interesting to see some things — like lacy negligees peeking out from under sweaters — recycled to take on a new, more sophisticated incarnation. (This was not the rayon lace-trimmed bra tank that peeks out from your yoga gear.) Likewise, creative director Sophie Albou-Mechaly showed some of the most covetable sweatshirts of the Fall 2013 lineup, and that's saying something. The wide-leg pants here seemed easy and fluid, both things the overall trend has been lacking. I also can't help but love glasses on the runway.
Layers, chunky knits, fur coats and scarves will all keep a lady physically warn next winter, and a cozy color palette with the occasional sunny bright or reflective metallic will warm up your mood. It's hard to say if there was an attempt at androgyny. While there was masculine tailoring and heavy, slouchy knits, silhouettes were all feminine.