Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: Balenciaga, Carven, Balmain

Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013: Balenciaga, Carven, Balmain

Day 3 of Paris Fashion Week SS13 saw a stellar line-up including Balenciaga, Carven, Balmain and Lanvin hit the catwalk

On its third day, Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 was in full swing, kicking off in edgy style thanks to Balenciaga with it's latest celebrity face, Kristen Stewart, on the front row, and heading towards an ethereal close with Nina Ricci and Lanvin's silky slip dresses...

While onlookers might have wondered if the attention to the Balenciaga front row, could be matched by that paid to the catwalk, one look at Nicolas Ghesquiere’s vision for Spring Summer 2013 put all questions aside. Strong shapes, such as peplums, flamenco frills and oversized jackets came in a mostly monochrome palette punctuated by steel greys and oatmeal shades. No doubt K-Stew will get her pick of the lot. Jealous, us?


Continuing to build on the fresh aesthetic he’s given historic French fashion house Carven, Guillaume Henry delivered a Spring Summer 2013 fashion collection filled with cropped knits, preppy collars, bold blazers with sweeping lapels and It skirts with sloping hems. Prints reminiscent of eighteenth-century genre prints popped up on the most ladylike shapes while kidney bean-shaped peepholes offered a modern flash of flesh. Right up Carven fan Alexa Chung’s street!


Balmain fashion designer Olivier Rousteing tipped the scales for Spring Summer 2013 with super big shoulders and extra loud prints predominating on the catwalk. Accessorised with dangle hoop earrings that were right out of the '90s, power was back but not necessarily in the suit variety. Cropped wrap tops, belted leather miniskirts and weaves reminiscent of French café stools stole the fashion show!

For Spring Summer 2013 Albar Elbaz nailed a new direction with "purity and precision". Going darker and infinitely more sensual, the designer managed to do the impossible and reinvent the LBD into the all-grown-up "new black dress", sending smouldering variations down the runway.The orient played its part in the collection, as jackets were given a kimono element, while dresses featured origami bow detailing. We predict the A-listers will be lining up to take this collection on the red carpet.

For day 4, fashion labels including Roland Mouret, Christian Dior and celeb-favourite, Isabel Marant, continue the fashion-fest.

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