All runway images courtesy of ImaxTree.com.After a pain au chocolat or two, I went backstage at Ann Demeulemeester to chat with M.A.C makeup artist Rudi Cremers, who was putting the finishing touches on Brazilian stunner Daiane Conterato. “The look is an abstraction of Ann Demeulemeester’s work,” explained Cremers. “It’s all about pale, spring skin and a neutral lip. We don’t use bronzers. The accent is on the eyebrow—especially the beginning of the brow. It’s an intense look, even without a lot of makeup. It makes eyes more dreamy—and there’s a bit of mystery.” I also had a fly-by chat with ELLE Canada cover girl Meghan Collison. “It was so great for my family to be able to see me on a Canadian magazine in the grocery store,” she gushed. “Thank you, ELLE Canada!” The Edmonton-born up-and-comer said she’s had a great season. Her highlights: Proenza Schouler in NYC and Roberto Cavalli in Milan. “Oh, and opening for Sportmax was a real honour,” she added. The fave spring/summer 2013 outfit that she’d love to have in her closet? “I really like the one I’m wearing for this show.” Ah, a polished pro in the making. Later, on the runway, Demeulemeester’s collection echoed the monastic mood seen in other Paris spring collections. There were occasional pops of dark purple and grey, but most of her futuristic-looking pieces were dark and moody. The slow parade of billowing capes and panels as well as elongated chiffon sleeves was mesmerizing. Accents included wide leather belts and sculptural—almost skeleton-like—halters. After the show, I was once again reminded that models are special creatures who don’t live by the rules that govern us mere mortals. One gorgeous red-haired beauty stood in the middle of the road—stopping traffic—to make a phone call. No one honked. No one signalled for her to get out of the way. Oh, mon dieu! Next stop: Barbara Bui. Another black-and-white story here, with a few embroidered pieces to break up the season’s predominant colour narrative. Fave looks: Bui offered up a playful twist on classic fabrics using leather instead of cotton for a classic white shirt and sheer gauze instead of leather for a motorcycle jacket. Her muse: A rock ’n’ roll gal with a taste for adventure. The black-and-white mood carried on at Lanvin with Alber Elbaz—especially with the YSL-esque tailored-tuxe looks that opened the show. The andro-mood shifted halfway through to feminine-but-arch attire accented with oversized sequins and colour pops of chartreuse, royal purple, ruby red, hot pink and emerald green. Short shift dresses were chic and structural with inventive embellished side panels and architectural origami-like bows and obi belts. Front-row paparazzi bait: Kristin Scott Thomas and Catherine Deneuve. Fave non-runway moment? Pre-show, the fashion set sipped champers and nibbled on macarons in Lanvin-designed boxes from Ladurée. Posh perfection. Fashion Week by numbers: 12: The number of times my toes were stepped on at the H&M Anna Dello Russo party. 157 (or so): Times that Zebra Katz said “Be’yoch” in 1 song. 2: Minutes I had to spare before the Barbara Bui show started. 3: Hours before the alarm went off and I headed backstage at Roland Mouret.