As you might have understood, Paris Fashion Week is a big, hot and melty event. We run all day through fashion shows, and barely have time to eat during this important event in the fashion industry. There are always some unexpected surprises which can add a little bit of anxiety on the moment, but once the whole fashion week experience is behind, these are all great anecdotes to laugh about! For example, on the first day, the traffic was jammed in the centre of Paris, and my assistant and I ended up in the metro to avoid missing some shows. It was funny to see the reaction of people, because when are you seeing Haute Couture in the metro? I felt a little overdressed…
As a fashion designer, attending Fashion Weeks is like being part of something historical. In a city such as Paris, fashion affects us and goes as far as being a social indicator of who we are at the moment. It makes me happy to see how many of you reacted on my Paris Fashion Week looks on Instagram and Snapchat. Wearing my own creations is something I am proud of, because they are the essence of my identity. And fashion is about individuality.
For the Valentin Yudashkin show in Palais de Tokyo, I explored different shades of whites. This look is a mix of some pieces of my new ready-to-wear collection Sakina Paris. I love this little white dress so much because of its graphic and geometric cut that contrasts with the vintage embellishment details. I paired it with a sleek, subtle, and elegant silk chiffon blouse. It felt perfect to add a fur bolero for the breezy weather, and some iconic Louboutin heels to elevate my silhouette. I had my makeup done by the amazing Nora Kourkis. We wanted to recreate a glamourous look that is totally in keeping with the style of Russian designer Valentin Yudashkin, and we are preparing a Youtube make-up tutorial coming out soon!
My amazing assistant Marleen Serné (who joined the Sakina team recently!) took some street style pictures of my looks for the occasion. Streetstyle is definitely part of the fashion week fun. It’s an occasion for all influencers to meet, to have fun and to set trends together with the street style crowd which includes journalists and photographers. Even though Fashion Week is showing new faces, I run into the same persons again and again. Sometimes 3 days in a row, on different locations, it’s such a small world.
On day 2, I decided to wear this original fur coat from my latest Haute Couture collection to the Miu Miu show. It is inspired by the elegance of the 50’s. This decade is known for accentuating the waist and structuring the silhouette. I love the shoulder-off cut and the embroideries details at the back!
Then on day 3, I was in the typical Parisian mood of the total black look. This is the only style that never goes wrong! As you guys might know now, I am a kind of a classic person. I like to celebrate femininity through all my looks, but in a very classic way. The show was at the historical Shangri-La hotel, so I felt I was matching the ambiance of the venue. What I love about this piece of my collection is that it has the structure of Haute Couture, but the comfort of ready-to-wear. And isn't that something that we all girls want? The ballon sleeves give an instant spectacular appeal, however, it is very easy to wear. I paired it with a sexy see-through guipure skirt and pulled my hair down into a bun to avoid a too dramatic, overdone look.
Photography: Marleen Serné
Make up: Nora Kourkis