March 6, 2013

Paris on
the runway


Céline, Dior, Givenchy, Kenzo and Loewe all showed vibrant visions for Fall/Winter 2013-2014 during Paris Fashion Week.

The Céline  woman is wrapped in soft and fluid fabrics in the new collection by Phoebe Philo. Sensual materials flow in elegant grace with the body, revealing precise volumes and proportions. A promise of tactile intimacy and potent sensitivity for next winter.

Against the backdrop of a surreal décor, Raf Simons continued his enthusiastic homage to the wealth of Dior codes while pursuing his own path forward. Along with brilliantly executed reinterpretations of iconic pieces from the Dior wardrobe, Mr. Simons sent out amazing silk gowns with a 1920s inspiration, punctuated by Andy Warhol patterns.

At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci invites us to the land of bohemian gypsies with a Victorian touch, a masterful melding of contrasting references. His inspired symphony includes plays of transparencies, superposed prints and blooming flowers, including floral hairpieces to create the illusion of garçonne coiffures.

Kenzo design duo Humberto Leon and Carol Lim describe their sources of inspiration as multifold. At the crossroads of India, China and Nepal, the collection proudly embraces the mix of myriad inspirations, expressed in multilevel complexity, from bold prints and rich fabrics to refined textures. A voyage packed with youthful ebullience.

At Loewe, Stuart Vevers proposes a highly structured, geometric winter look with a restrained color palette. Omnipresent leather comes in multiple forms, from the relaxed androgyny of an aviator inspired pantsuit to the chic split knee-length skirts, giving the silhouettes a decidedly rocker feel.

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