Instead of leading in fashion education, Paris has historically dawdled behind its greatest rivals. Though that seems very likely to change, and quickly, thanks to a major new project launched in Paris with the IFM.
Few luxury brands have been as quietly busy as Chanel, which has strategically bought stakes in three new businesses and, just this week, unveiled the structure of its new center for artisanal excellence, called 19M.
Running 23 September to 1 October, the nine-day calendar announced for Paris Fashion Week on Friday promises new creative directors, big name brands and fresh talent, with highlights including Patou's relaunch by LVMH.
The Indian designer, who has been showing his collections during Paris Fashion Week for the last five years, is preparing to make his couture debut in the French capital during this season's Haute Couture Week.
After five years of runways in the French capital, Yolanda Pérez's brand channelled its hometown of Barcelona at its first couture show in Paris as it hopes to be accepted into the exclusive Haute Couture club.