Premiere Class: A Showcase of Upcoming Trends at Paris Fashion Week

Ah, Paris Fashion Week: That magical time of the year when aspiring bloggers, couture lovers and people from the highest echelons of the fashion world walk around Paris dressed in their very best, and suddenly you realize what a trendy and beautiful city Paris really is.

Although there are always downsides to a massive international event dedicated solely to materialism, fashion is also art for many people–it really is magical, in that sense. It’s simple art appreciation, watching these new clothes and accessories develop based off of designers’ personal experiences or passions.

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Paris Fashion Week is also one of the best times of the year for bloggers–it’s like Christmas. We storm the Jardin des Tuileries and the outside of fashion shows looking to get a snapshot of some pout-faced girl dressed in the hautest of haute couture. Or, maybe as this awesome Vice article demonstrates, she was just bullshitting us all.

The posh Premiere Classe is an “exclusive showcase” for the hautest and most eclectic accessory designers of fashion week, and was celebrating its 25th anniversary this year at the Jardin des Tuileries.

The event was closed off to the general public, except for students and retailers looking to buy (even though these two groups are on opposite ends of the financial spectrum; another reason why I love France: students are so highly-regarded here). I was able to get a press pass for Paris Chic, saving me from paying €40 for a pass that would allow me access to the salons.

Here are the a few of my favorite chic-est jewelry designs I encountered while navigating the stormy seas of high fashion.

1. Yuki Mitsuyasu

Yuki Mitsuyasu’s line is inspired by her past and personal experiences, which I love. Fashion is truly the most inspiring when there’s depth and meaning behind the design.

When I first picked up Mitusaysu’s eggshell ring out of curiosity, I immediately shrieked and dropped the ring, because I had broken it. Really. I had cracked a delicate piece of designer jewelry that probably cost thousands of dollars.

The woman behind the counter laughed and explained the ring is actually meant to be broken. The eggshell part isn’t supposed to last for very long–it’s supposed to parallel the life of Cambodians living in landmine fields, where one wrong move could “break the eggshell,” or end someone’s life. After the eggshell is broken, what’s left is a band with a miniature landmine head modeled into the top.

What a cool awareness campaign to sponsor through couture.

I also loved Mitsuyasu’s “Shine” collection, which are beautiful pearl necklaces that clasp together by two magnetic pieces of a star.

“When you choose your partner, his religion, nationality, or wealth does not matter; be with someone who lets you shine, then he is a man worth being with,” says Mitsuyasu on the symbolism of the magnetic necklace. This girl freaking rocks: she knows how to use the power of fashion to change the world.

2. Ekria

Palm cuffs. They’re the next big thing. And I love Turkish designer Ekria’s take on them–bold, futuristic, simple.

3. Lotocoho

I love this ancient Grecian theme Lotocoho was embodying. My particularly favorite pieces were the chunky gold chokers (making a comeback) and the watch with no clock, as pictured above on the designer’s wrist. The line aims to embody symbols and landscapes into unique jewelry.

So many salons and so little time–the examples above are just a taste of what’s to come in the fashion world. If you’re interested in perusing the hottest new trends of fashion, you can visit the next international Premiere Classe showcase in March.