1. Realistically, nothing could best the campy flag-raising ceremony at Thom Browne.
2. Models at the Alibellus show walked barefoot. This is a definite improvement on mandals.
3. The collection also featured a slightly abstract flamingo motif.
It was no "Flamingo Massacre," however — that sort of madness is a London-only kind of thing.
4. Walter von Beirendonck — always one of the Paris menswear highlights — showed a surprisingly sedate collection.
For comparison's sake, here's a look from van Beirendonck's spring/summer 2012 collection.
Two masked looks from his fall/winter 2012 collection.
Not to mention his spring/summer 2010 collection, which included a lineup of modelesque bears.
5. The fall/winter 2013 collection did include some fun detailing though — like these playful knee-high socks.
6. And, wait for it — shoes with penises. Yes that's right, shoes with penises.
7. Returning from another Parisian menswear show later in the week, I stood next to van Beirendonck on the Metro. His commitment to chunky jewelry is impressive.
8. Another runway featuring models with messy golden hair: Miharayasuhiro.
This time the styling seemed vaguely reminiscent of poor Viserys Targaryen's demise in Game of Thrones
9. A good indication of a designer's cred within the industry is how far fashion folk will trek to see their show.
10. Also at Raf Simons: these mindbogglingly ugly shoes.
11. Veteran fashion editor Suzy Menkes dropped some transphobic slurs at Saint Laurent.
Rolling her eyes, Menkes remarked loudly, "look, there's some trannies up ahead."
(The term "tranny/trannies" is widely considered transphobic language.) She tutted derisively and motioned to the "tranny" in question with a brusque nod of her head. She then repeated the phrase — with another eye-roll. Some added irony: the only folks in attendance with a chance of fitting into the super-skinny Saint Laurent designs were said willowy, gender-bending guests.