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Paris Fashion Week had it all.
There were over the top stage sets (Chanel’s Brasserie Gabrielle constructed at the Grand Palais, complete with built in mahogany bars, banquettes and waiters serving coffee and croissants). There were surprise runway cameos (Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in a walk off to announce “Zoolander 2” at Valentino).
And there were celebrity hijinks galore at cheap replica handbags the fall ready to wear shows that ended Wednesday (battle of the newly platinum blonds Kim Kardashian and Jared Leto, for one, plus front row appearances by Kanye West, Lorde, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Woody Harrelson and more).
On the runways, the biggest trend was individualism and the triumph of personal style (if you can call that a trend), most notably at Dries Van Noten and Maison Margiela. Many designers deconstructed the traditional codes of feminine dressing (corsets, satin and lace), mixing them with menswear checks, tweeds and tailoring, achieving a rough but more real beauty. And they grappled with how to suggest sexuality without objectifying women, by offering a flash of leg, a glimpse of collarbone or a bare shoulder.
Designers also spoke to the meaning of fashion in today’s technological world, where news of Apple’s entry into the luxury market with a $10,000 gold Apple Watch stole focus.
Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel brasserie wasn’t just a theme on which to hang a collection (complete with dinner plate shaped handbags, naturally). It was a suggestion that the only real luxury today is time. So why not do as the French do pull up a chair, put down the iPhone and really enjoy a meal with friends?
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The quirky, self assured sexuality of Phoebe Philo’s Cline collection was a far cry from the peep shows we saw on some runways. And thank goodness. Because, while there may have been a place for nudity and body constriction on the runways at one time, it’s the 21st century. We’ve been there, done that.
Instead, Philo stepped out on the plank and dared to be different. Much of the clothing seemed to be coming undone or to be ready to slip off. There were padded satin coats pulling apart at the shoulder seams, trompe l’oeil ribbed sweaters with half buttoned bra fastenings in back, and color blocked silk slip dresses that skimmed suggestively, rather than hugging, worn with a string of whimsical, teasing fur puff pompoms thrown over one shoulder.
Stella McCartney was on a similar track, exploring the interplay between masculine and feminine, corsetry and tailoring.
Pretty sleeveless tops slid suggestively off one shoulder. Dresses built on a corset silhouette and spliced with tweed and rose gold brocade were worn with flared trousers. Sculptural black dresses also sent seductive cues, slit up to there, dancing around the hips and worn with molded pearl necklaces.
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