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Luxury and psychedelic fashion kicks off in Paris

Luxury and psychedelic fashion kicks off in Paris
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A punky yet austere Guy Laroche ready-to-wear collection hit the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week with a collection set out to encapsulate “luxurious, streamlined audacity” according to designer Marcel Marongiu.

Jackets came in glossy black leather, skirts and dresses had pleats and oversized ruffles, and a raven-like ruffled coat was worn over a delicate skirt.

All the models sported jet-black ankle boots with chunky heels.

The designer took transparency one step further with embellished sheer dresses that left little to the imagination.

Glowing psychedelic lines and vibrant neon colours took centre-stage in Dries Van Noten’s bold Autumn-Winter collection.

The Belgian designer combined the softness of flowers with the dynamism of optical art graphics, creating a fashion hybrid that was risky but wearable.

A masculine balance came courtesy of cropped wide-leg trousers.

A Dries Van Noten retrospective opens in Paris this week, where his designs will be displayed alongside works by the artists who have inspired him, including Rothko and Damien Hirst.

And London-based designer Corrie Nielsen presented her very first collection on the Paris catwalk.

A US native who trained in the UK, Nielsen has showcased her collections in London for the past six seasons.

Structured outlines and sculpted forms are the designer’s trademark – she says she is inspired by her father’s work as a sculptor and enjoys working with three-dimensional shapes.

The result was a future-meets-past collection featuring Elizabethan-style dresses with impressive high collars and voluminous hips and shoulders.

Nielsen said for this collection she sought influence from three historical characters – Dracula author Bram Stoker, Joan of Arc and Peter Paul Rubens, whom she argues represent the entire palette of human emotions, from love to pain.

Paris Fashion Week is the final event on the fashion season calendar after New York, London and Milan.