>> Welcome to Paris: Catherine Baba is back on her bike, Amanda Brooks is caught in front of the Eiffel Tower, and lace looks are out in full force — sheer or gilded. See 20 eye-catching looks from the first full day of shows in the slideshow.
>> Mugler seems to be quickly losing steam among the fashion crowd — a room full of smoke sent some guests outside until the show started, and many sounded disappointed when Lady Gaga only appeared on a video screen (clip below) singing: "I am a Mugler woman; don't f*ck with me. Don't f*ck with Mugler. Welcome to Paris; we are Paris." As the AP wrote, "Having a video of the world’s biggest star is simply not the same thing as seeing her strut her stuff on the catwalk, and the show fell flat even before it started."
Post-show, the Wall Street Journal's Christina Binkley tweeted, "I have rarely seen so many pissed off people rush out of a fashion show. Mugler. No new trends there," later elaborating: "It was a melange of the trends of the past 15 years: Beige from 2010, articulated shoulders from 2009, gothic, asymmetrical cuts from Helmut Lang."
The AP wrote: "It increasingly feels like Formichetti and the brand’s ready-to-wear designer, Sebastien Peigne, are grasping at straws, trying to come up with an outrageous new look that can become the brands new identity instead of finding a way to update its historical legacy." While Style.com noted, "It's a narrow little cross section of the world that has the bod and the lifestyle for these clothes. But if Mugler's 169,538 (and counting) Facebook likes are any indication, plenty of other plugged-in people are paying attention. That's probably good enough for the Mugler owners for now."
>> Sidney Toledano, president and CEO of Dior, gave an update yesterday on the status of the label's designer search (Bill Gaytten, acting head of design, oversaw both the Spring 2012 Dior and John Galliano collections): "We will have news in the next few weeks."
He refused to suggest who it might be, but when Marc Jacobs's name was brought up, Toledano paused, then replied: "There is an old proverb, those who don't know, speak loudly. Those who know, stay silent." As for the company as a whole, Toledano says, "Business has been great," but declined to go into further detail.
A "source close to LVMH" recently told Vogue UK: "For Dior, it's a pretty tricky situation, as the three favourites really can't take the job. Haider Ackermann is said to be 'way too edgy' for Dior; Marc Jacobs wanted the job a lot, but LVMH wants him to stick with Vuitton; and Riccardo Tisci simply refused, saying that he was feeling more than comfortable with the job at Givenchy. So nobody's taking over so far."
>> Balenciaga became a standing-only show this morning — even for Salma Hayek Pinault, Anna Wintour, and Catherine Deneuve — between the high high heels, the highly-polished floor, and the breaking benches, which caused a number of attendees to fall, including Carine Roitfeld, some flat on their backs. Cathy Horyn Tweeted, "Benches cracking at Balenciaga as guests leap up. A second one just carted off. Now a third broke and nervous buzz starts, as in "Me next?" The International Herald Tribune's Jessica Michault chimes in: "Everyone has been asked to stand during the Balenciaga show because 4 of the benches have already collapsed under the likes of Mario Testino." And Tommy Ton added after the show: "I felt like I just attended the church of Balenciaga. Everyone standing in heels watching." A few pictures of the scene, in the slideshow.