Paris Fashion Week - fashion - Carven - Balmain - Alexander Wang - pictures

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Paris Fashion Week - fashion - Carven - Balmain - Alexander Wang - pictures

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Paris Fashion Week - fashion - Carven - Balmain - Alexander Wang - pictures

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When Balenciaga fronts the bill you know you’re in for a good day at Paris Fashion Week and with Carven, Balmain, Nina Ricci and Lanvin also on the schedule, Thursday’s vision of Autumn Winter 2013 didn’t disappoint.

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There’s no doubting Nicolas Ghesquiere left some big boots to fill at Balenciaga, and so it seemed fitting that Alexander Wang’s debut collection for the iconic fashion house kicked off with models hitting the runway in metal-clad leather boots. Made up of an entirely monochrome palette, highlights included cracked-paint prints, cocoon coats and slick cigarette trews. A triumph!

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Adding a bit of colour to proceedings, Guillaume Henry combined two emerging fashion trends by sending oversized coats with sloping, rounded shoulders down the Carven catwalk. Balmain, meanwhile, saw shoulders celebrated in every form – padded, pointed, exposed – with a play of quilted, embroidered and embellished materials reflecting down the runway.

Providing a favourite beauty look of the season, Nina Ricci’s girls perfected their pouts and pushed back loose chignons with thick black headbands to complement a flirty collection of sweetheart necklines, nipped-in waists and full skirts.

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And seeing in an evening of stylish soirees, Lanvin show-goers were offered mini bottles of champagne with their popcorn in the wait for Alber Elbaz’s Autumn Winter 2013 fashion collection. Necklaces were piled one on top of the other to exacerbate the effortless overtones of the collection – think loosely tucked in tops, baggy shapes and scattered embroidery - that will prove a joy to wear.

By Sarah Smith