All was going smoothly and to plan ahead of the Nina Ricci show at Paris Fashion Week.
Guests were getting comfortable in their seats and were looking forward to some classy entertainment, but no one had expected this: two topless protestors from the Ukrainian feminist group Femen gatecrashed the stage, denouncing what they called “fashion fascism”.
After the demonstrators were dragged off by security guards, the show was able to resume.
Designer Peter Copping said he drew inspiration in historic tailoring for men for this ultra-feminine collection featuring mainly sheer whites and pale blues.
Skirts had multiple layers and uneven hem lengths. Evening gowns were embroidered with glistening sequins and spangles. A nice detail was the reinvention of the classic men’s shirt, transformed in various looks into a dress or skirt.
An air of teenage rebellion dominated Balmain’s latest spring-summer pret-a-porter collection. Classic fabrics clashed with youthful attitude in outfits clearly inspired by the 1980s.
The clothing was heavily structured, almost exaggerated, and the main themes were gold chains and houndstooth checks. Feminine pastels were sexed up with studs and chunky gold jewellery.
Over the last few years, Balmain has clearly evolved from its image as a French veteran brand into a cutting-edge label headed by youthful designer Olivier Rousteing, who has dressed celebrities such as Rihanna.
Manish Arora showcased his spring-summer collection at the Palais de Tokyo.
For his latest offering, the Mumbai-born designer infused athletic sportswear with the energy and independent female spirit of the 1920s. His collection was awash with with phosphorescent pink, fuschia and variations of yellow.
The Lanvin show drew a flurry of stars including French cinema icon Catherine Deneuve.
Designer Alber Elbaz’s dazzling collection seemed to ooze liquid metal. Featuring high shine satins and silks, it had a hazy, ephemeral look without losing the vintage quality Lanvin is famous for.
High-waisted pencil skirts were teamed up with halter neck tops and thick black belts. There were also glittering chiffon skirts and charcoal evening gowns for this surprisingly dark spring-summer collection.