October 06, 2005

Paris Spring/Summer 2006 Wrap Up I

I’m starting to have negative feelings towards British Telecom even though I’ve never personally had any experience with it. Now they’ve left me to cover yet another fashion week by myself. And not just any fashion week, but THE Paris fashion week. They better fix Harrods Girl’s internet soon. Hopefully very soon, so she can regal you all with her adventures in Paris this weekend. Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I just LOVE Paris fashion. It is just bursting with creativity and artistry!

Balenciaga
It was as if Nicholas Ghesquierre came across a trunk full of clothes from Louis XIV (or whoever that very tasteful French king was who built the Versaille was) and decided to revamp it for his runway. Everything was luxuriously breathtaking.

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I love how the frilly collar and lace peeks out of the tailored jacket/pant set. The contrast of feminine softness and structure is stunning. And the very cleverly frilled dress is very artistic.

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Here Ghesquierre puts an edge to otherwise very ladylike looks with funky prints and retro patterns.

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I love the flowing black dress! It befits French aristocracy. Although I daresay even the French were not that daring back then as to wear a nearly see through dress. And I just really like the poofy skirt on the right. Definitely a modern add on. No amount of starch or petticoat can achieve such poofiness.

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And these two feminine versions of the male tailcoat are just gorgeous. The detail is just exquisite. Definitely fit for the French court! (yes I’m obsessed with the French culture recently).

Christian Dior
John Galliano never fails to surprise. And this time, were we in for a surprise. Gone were his previously signature exuberantly vibrant colors and over the top detail. In its place is nude, simplicity and mastery.

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Everything is just so beeeautiful and soft. Well except for the trench coat on the right. But I love how it is subtlety sparkly.

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All the lines added to that flowy shirt to give an illusion of structure is just soo neat!

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Loves it. Its like artistically street chic.

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J’adore Dior.

Miscellaneous
Then there are a few other very artistic collections. But you know how there are many forms of art. There are the Renaissance ones which everyone can appreciate as a pretty picture, and then there are the abstract ones that only a few would understand.

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Comme des Garcon and Junya Watanabes’ collection is an example of this. I always thought I would love Comme des Garcon simply because I hear Gwen Stefani mention it so many times on her cd (along with Galliano and Vivienne Westwood), but as hard as I’ve tried, I simply cannot connect with their collections. Last season it was gothic like figures and now this season its English influenced weirdness. As for Junya Watanabe. . .the hair is just strange. And the clothes look like it was accidentally shredded by the shredding machine and hastily sown back together right before the show.

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And I guess Viktor and Rolf are still going for the sleeping theme. Last season, the models came on with a pillow behind their heads. Now they’re wearing whole sheets!

Well, I guess that's art for you!

17 Comments:

Blogger Anhoni Patel said...

Can you imagine showing up at a party wearing a dress like that (refering to the white sheet Viktor and Rolf dress)

Despite the fact that the models all look constipated, the Balenciaga collection is *gorgeous*! I LOVE the frilly, high-necked blouses! They look so good with jackets. And I covet that black empire-waisted gown. But I hate the shoes the model is wearing. What are those?

Is that Tilda Swinton with the Union Jack shorts on?

10/06/2005 10:54 PM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

Oh wow, the Balenciaga collection is STUNNING!! And I love most of the Dior collection too.

On the other hand, don't really know what to say about Viktor & Rolf. It's just really...... Are they obsessed with sleeping or something?

10/07/2005 12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

V&R actually had an upside down theme going for their show, so I think the dress is supposed to be upside down, not a sheet -- you can see the sleeves and the neckline down near her ankles. The top is actually supposed to be the hemline of the dress.

10/07/2005 1:01 AM  
Blogger le blessure sainte said...

A sleep obsession is one I could easily share. To me, the V&R dress seems designed to look as if a gust of wind has blown the hemline up to the chin. (The sheer fabric would be for modesty then?)

As for Comme des Garcons, I have always been fascinated by the name and less interested in the clothes. They are hardly ever safe, which is refreshing, but also an unreality for most to wear... excepting maybe those Harajuku girls. Maybe Gwen just needed a good rhyme.

10/07/2005 2:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only were the dresses upside down at V&R, the entire show was backwards, they appeared at the beginning and the show stopping dresses followed.

10/07/2005 3:38 AM  
Blogger colon said...

I love the Balenciaga collection!Especially the shoes. Some of the dresses of Dior reminds me of Helmut Lang though. I liked last season's V&R better...so divine!

10/07/2005 12:51 PM  
Blogger le blessure sainte said...

I just realized that the V&R dress is probably a bedskirt. Never thought of trying WEAR one though. Maybe at the next costume party I attend....

10/07/2005 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The V&R dress looks like her petticoat raised up under her chin.

Agree, the Balenciaga collection is beautiful.

Some of the other collections are hysterical. Do they actually sell anything?

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