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Paris fashion: Barbara Bui, Nina Ricci, Lanvin and Rick Owens


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Paris fashion: Barbara Bui, Nina Ricci, Lanvin and Rick Owens

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Barbara Bui’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection in Paris was a fusion of contemporary urban and classical buddhist styles.

The elegant urban simplicity was juxtaposed with oriental patchwork patterns and bright orange fabrics, reminiscent of Buddhist monks’ robes.

The outfits combined simple black and white colours with fitted shapes and loosely hanging items. The designer also made ample use of transparent fabrics.

Gold and silver accents formed the focal point of the clothes, with bright metallic shoes, belts and embroidery.

Nina Ricci designer Peter Copping was inspired by small-scale models of couture dresses made by Madame Ricci in 1946 to promote French fashion after the Second World War.

The Paris show featured long, lean silhouettes with unfussy clean lines. Leather pencil skirts slit to mid-thigh were topped by sweaters and jackets. There was also Copping’s trademark boudoir charms and see-through lace.

A host of celebrities including Catherine Deneuve and Kim Kardashian turned up for the Lanvin show, where designer Alber Elbaz celebrated the Paris fashion house’s 125th anniversary with a sumptuous Spring/Summer collection.

It featured a series of Lanvin classics including floor-sweeping gowns, shimmering silk slips and layered lace dresses. They came in opulent shades of midnight blue, scarlet, oyster and jet black. Harem evening trousers, tuxedo jackets and brocade duster coats cemented the collection’s sensuous after-dark appeal.

American designer Rick Owens’ womenswear was along the same line as his menswear collection: inspired by the Russian ballet ‘The Afternoon of a Faun’, it showcased forest nymphs with theatrical looks.

Structured garments with soft architecture were layered with long vests and worn with towering metallic wedges.

The colour palette featured black and white, grays, browns and olive, all of which created a modern architectural look.

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