It was Spanish choreographer and ballet dancer Blanca Li who opened the fashion show of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Ready-to-wear Autumn/winter collection.
The event was held in the basement of the French Communist Party’s headquarters in Paris, a 1960s building by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Gaultier took his audience into space, showing some elegant galactic and neo punk dresses.
He explained the inspiration: “It was like people going to travel to Venus, you know, the movie ‘Gravity’ inspired me and also the fact that there are some people who would like to visit another planet. It was truly fantastic.”
The Dutch designer duo Viktor & Rolf showed a collection varying shades of grey, relaxed but sophisticated urban wear.
The designers channelled the comfortable feel of jersey and knitwear, lacing it with asymmetrical lengths and two-dimensional prints.
Viktor & Rolf wanted to produce a “surreal” effect. A new feminine softness from fabrics like boiled and cable-knit wool, cashmere and velvet.
The Paris Fashion Week is also an important platform for new designers like French designer Christophe Guillarmé who pays tribute to the 1960s and 70s in his new Autumn/Winter collection.
Christophe Guillarmé said: “This collection is inspired by optical art. I wanted to have this graphic aspect, but this is my style, something heavy, strong with a lot of colours. I wanted my work to have more volumes and graphics.”
Showing an item from his collection he said: “So this is for example more geometric. It’s still a little bit 70s but with this ‘Barbarella’ aspect and 70s.”
Christophe Guillarmé is always inspired by the diva style. Every year he dresses actresses for the red carpet at the film festival in Cannes and Marrakesh.
He started his fashion career by working with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac before showing his own first collection in 1998.
Eccentric British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood mixed inspiration she got from the Ashaninka tribe who live in the rainforests of Peru with the style of Charles Worth, the 19th century British fashion genius and founder of haute couture.
She said: “It was all mixed in with that jewelry and a feeling of the forest. These people have been fighting for a long time to keep the forest, so it’s quite a military collection with all this dark green.”