Eleven designers strutted their stuff on September 29, the first day of Fashion Week in Paris. On my schedule was Pascal Millet at the Palace des Beaux Arts. The theme was “Spain of Majarahas”. From their handout: “A feminine summer collection with shades of ‘real Hippie chic’. Mussoline and crepe de chine echo the seersucker and Calais lace for day wear. For evening, there are shirt-dresses in tulle encrusted silk crepe and tea-length dresses in rich pastel brocade and, of course, sexy jupsuits….”
The Guy Laroche show was at the Grand Palais. From their handout “Spring 2016, Trouble in Paradise: For spring-summer Guy contrasts a tropical aesthetic with an air of dystopia (had to look that up). The collection confronts playful winks to the Beach Boys era – such as embroideries and appliqués of palm trees and sunsets juxtaposed with a bold, quasi-military rigor citing the early 21st century. The house’s classics – trench coats, biker jackets and day dresses – are deconstructed and rethought. Devoured and lacerated silks, asymmetrical lengths and industrial detailing put forward an urban, deeply contemporary re-reading of the house’s timeless and ageless elegance…..” (I always wonder who writes these translations)
Rochas followed at 5 at the Palais de Tokyo. Aganovich at 6. Long day. Who knows what tomorrow may bring? Eleven designers presenting. One thing’s for sure, the weather will be sunny and invigorating again. It’s no surprise that this is the “Daddy” of global fashion weeks.