Paris Fashion Week Show Review: Paul & Joe
On Tuesday evening, a huge crowd of people stood waiting outside of Paris' Pavillion Cambon in anticipation of Paul & Joe's presentation of the brand's Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 collection. While those with invites breezed past security and into the building, the legions amassed out front were mostly hopefuls holding out for a spot in the standing section.
For those lucky enough to have advance seat assignments, the brown benches inside sat lined with place cards. Surrounding the entire room stood a backdrop of trees with reddish orange leaves reflect the season of the show. Just a few minutes past 7pm, the lights grew brighter signaling showtime.
To a pulsating beat of music, model after model sauntered down the catwalk, draped in rich colors, mostly of a green, blue and charcoal palette. While much of the clothing embraces solid colors, prints that reflect the wild and nature are a common occurrence, marked by animal prints and florals and even a sequined top depicting a picturesque mountain range scene. Lace, satin, tweed and velvet feature again and again in various incarnations. In addition to those fabrics, fur featured often in many of the ensembles and frequent looks include roomy wide legs and pleats. Embellishments in the collection include several tops with quirky, yet classy button down backs or cut-out backs, lined with lace.
After model Karlie Kloss brought the parade of looks to a close, the brand's founding designer Sophie Albou made a brief appearance at the mouth of the runway, signaling the finale of the Paul & Joe show.
Images by Nilina Mason-Campbell