Swans and urban puffa jackets dominated the catwalk at Stella McCartney’s ready-to-wear show at the Opera Garnier in Paris.
The collection was effortlessly feminine, with a touch of humor and a tomboy feel. The designer also showed off her “day-to-night” wardrobe, that included long skirts with khaki and gold pleats, and this season’s trademark swan motif. Models all wore a single drop earrings and hair was slicked back.
While all of Paris Fashion week was hailing above-the-ankle as the new appropriate length, Giambattista Valli defiantly brought the hemlines back up above the knee at his autumn-winter ready-to-wear show.
The Italian designer’s collection showed almost exclusively short dresses and coats, with no pants in sight. Mixing floaty chiffon with the season’s precision, the dresses felt fresh and uncontrived. To cover up models’ bare legs, Valli imagined sandal boots with dozens of black leather straps.
Designer-less French Fashion house Leonard decided to go back to its roots and its archives for its latest collection, showcasing a choice of bohemian chic prints and fabrics. Vibrant pink, mauve and green orchid patterns embellished blouses and dresses in otherwise solid marine blue and black hues, with long, flowing silhouettes conveying a sense of sophisticated freedom.
Leonard creative director Yiqing Yin quit last December to concentrate on her own label and the design house seems in no hurry to replace her anytime soon.
And Vivienne Westwood busted gender stereotypes at her latest Paris show which was also the first to give her husband and long-time design partner top billing.
Inspired by a close friend who lives as a buddhist monk, Creative Director Andreas Kronthaler sent models down the catwalk in draped orange, purple and red garments. Westwood backed her husband’s togas and male dresses, which she urged more men to wear, saying “unisex is good for the environment”, adding that couples would not have to buy so many clothes if they only shared their wardrobes.