Friday, March 13, 2009

The Final Tally - Paris

Paris FW0910 - 14 shows total, 1 closing slot

Balmain (2 looks)
Rick Owens (2 looks)
Isabel Marant (2 looks)
Loewe (2 looks)
Karl Lagerfeld (2 looks)
Akris (3 looks) Closed
Dries Van Noten (2 looks)
Stella McCartney
Chanel (2 looks)
Louis Vuitton
Miu Miu

Freja had her best showing out of the three cities in Paris! The week was full of surprises and some disappointments, but overall I'm thrilled with her Paris showlist. She started off strong on the second day of Paris shows at Balenciaga. Having been a campaign girl for them in the past, her appearance was no surprise.

The day continued on at Balmain, also as expected. No one rocks a leather mini-dress like Freja. Some of the best legs in the business I tell you.

Surprise number one came with her walking the Rick Owens show for the first time. He is one of my favorite designers and his leather jackets are always magnificent, so you can imagine my delight seeing Freja wrapped up in them.

The next day was a calmer day, with only one show at Isabel Marant. You'll soon begin to notice that Freja operated on an alternating schedule of busy and slow days during Paris. Anyway, this was the show I most wanted her to walk in, because the Isabel Marant woman effortlessly epitomizes chic and sexy to me. In my perfect world the perfect woman would be dressed in Marant. Now combine my favorite model with one of my favorite brands and it's bliss.

After the high of Marant, and the low of her missing Dior, Freja showed up at Loewe the next day along with a cadre of other top models. Perhaps the Spanish leather-goods company wanted a buzz for their first runway show in a few seasons, so they hired a lot of the more well known girls to walk.

Sunday in Paris was one of the craziest days with many top brands scheduled to show, and Freja walked in three shows. First at Karl Lagerfeld of course. You can always count on Karl, although I was disappointed she didn't open or close the show considering she is the face of their current SS09 campaign.

Next we saw her at Akris in three different looks including the closing one. She always does well for them on the runway and I believe she opened and closed their runway show two seasons ago. They should just give her the campaign already! But alas, the upcoming one is already set to go to Tao Okamoto (although I'm really happy for her).

The day finished at Dries Van Noten, another one of Freja's usual runway gigs. She looked beautiful in the pastel colors and her hair was amazing.

On Monday, another calmer day, Freja walked in Stella McCartney. We got some amazing backstage pictures from this show and it looked like everyone was relaxed and having a bit of fun.

Tuesday brough with it one of the biggest surprises of the month for Freja fans. However, first came the expected with Freja walking in Chanel. Again, no opening or closing slot so I guess my wish of her being the Chanel campaign girl again will go unanswered.

Then came Valentino. Yes, Freja walked that runway in a blue gradient dress in all her tattooed glory. Things have changed a lot in the industry when a girl with short hair and multiple visible tattoos can strut down the runway for Valentino.

The next day Freja walked in Chloe sporting probably my favorite look of hers in terms of makeup and hair for the whole season. The wavy extensions accentuated her face and really showed us that she was looking so refreshed this season. They also brought back memories of her long-haired days.

On thursday the end of a long month arrived with the last day of shows. Freja gave us a proper goodbye by walking Louis Vuitton in crazy high shoes....

....and then walking Miu Miu with her body covered in glitter. Marc and Miuccia have always put her in their shows so its nice to see these relationships continue.

And now as the runways empty out we wait for campaign news. Freja really had a strong showing this season and she's looking as beautiful and happy as ever, so we'll see what happens. Now excuse me as I go and occupy my now free time by filling up my lookbook.

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