“It is always fascinating to see what the European buyers gravitate towards in comparison to the American buyers,” comments Tabitha Simmons, reflecting on Paris fashion week. The stylist-cum-footwear designer presented her S/S14 collection last week in Paris in an 18th century room overlooking the Seine. Launching her first collection in 2009, Simmons bucked the trend for skyscraper heels with a line of mid-heel, round-toed shoes. Her collections have since become renowned for their embellished quirks and recognisable silhouettes, with notable inspiration this season from nature and travel. “One of my starting points this season was the butterfly. The silhouette of that creature inspired the shape of my shoes as well as one of my customized prints.” Here AnOther speaks to Simmons about her time in Paris.
What do you find is particular to Paris fashion week, in comparison to the others?
I love coming to Paris as there are so many talented designers who inspire me in many ways. It is also a good way to catch up with all my friends and colleagues and a great way to end the season.
What is one of the most significant changes you have noticed in Paris over the years?
There are a lot more shows and amazing exhibitions year after year.
Do you have a favourite place in Paris to relax during the shows?
My hotel room at Le Meurice.
What has been your staple wardrobe piece during fashion week?
Two shoes from my collection – the Harley boot and the Hermione flats as they are good for running around the city.
What comforts keep you going during fashion week?
French bread and espresso.
Has there been any particular place this season that has acted as inspiration for your collection?
My trip to Peru for my 10th wedding anniversary.
Follow Tabitha on Instagram: @tabithasimmons.
Text by Mhairi Graham