SEE the latest catwalk fashion from Paris Fashion Week with Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Giambattista Valli
Chanel's A/W 2010 show was a icy wonderland. Where last season Karl Lagerfeld gave us barnyard chic, this season he transported the audience to the North Pole with real icebergs providing the show backdrop. As the ice melted the models sloshed elegantly around the stage in their huge furry boots. The collection itself was built for extreme cold. Presumably influenced by the sub-zero temperatures this winter just gone, there was an abundance of fur (fake), which was fashioned into boots, jackets, coats and even trousers. The traditional Chanel boucle was also in evidence, and the bride even got the boucle treatment with a high-necked gown with ruffled train (pictured).
Yves Saint Laurent
Stefano Pilati at YSL claimed no religious influences for his A/W show but the severe monochrome palette, nun-like hoods and long gold chain pendants which might have dangled crucifixes at the end (though they didn't) said otherwise. Juxtaposed with the saintly mood were the short hemlines and sexy details like black leather gloves, and more of those hot YSL platform shoes.
Giambattista Valli's show had a 60s vibe to it with models wearing their hair in Bardot-esque bouffants teamed with thick black eyeliner and the looks worn with kitten heels. Cosy coats were ultra-chic in putty colours and cocoon shapes with bracelet sleeves while minidresses were ruffled, with drop waists and gros grain ribbon ties.
By Pat McNulty