If yesterday’s schedule, which included Dries Van Noten, Rochas, Gareth Pugh and Mugler, wasn’t fuel enough for the fashion fire, then New York style maven Olivia Palermo’s arrival in the French capital proved Paris Fashion Week was heating up.
Sporting an all-black look in a cropped-sleeve fur jacket exposing a sheer layer beneath, Ms Palermo paraded the streets of Paris with her hair pulled back into a sleek bun at the nape of her neck.
Noting “Fred and Ginger” as his inspiration, Dries Van Noten played with masculine and feminine themes simultaneously in his glorious Autumn Winter 2013 fashion collection. Heavy coats and front-creased trousers fused with brilliant brocades, glittering gemstones and frou frou feathers for an utterly desirable take on wearability.
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Coats were a focal point at Rochas, too, with creative director Marco Zanini offering them up with volume, proportion andcolour as a key. Ladylike in its most classical form, the Rochas girl will switch from luxe pyjama-style pairings into flared skirts and belted cardigans with ease next season.
Next up, Gareth Pugh, who can always be relied onto bring a bit of drama to Paris Fashion Week. With Cher – yes, Cher! – watching on from the front row, the Brit designer sent out ghostly models in an array of floor-sweeping gowns that gradually gained momento, culminating in bin bag-crafted dresses that wafted down the catwalk.
Another fashion designer not shy of a hint of drama is Nicola Formichetti, and it was his collection for Mugler that closed Wednesday night’s proceedings. Taking aviation and travel style as his starting point, Amelia Earhart-style flying caps in pastel tones topped clean looks featuring innovative shapes.
By Sarah Smith