The Italian designer surprised Paris Fashion Week attendees on Monday with a style quite different to his trademark romanticism, presenting an eclectic woman, open to the world in the multicultural spirit of the 70s.
It felt more like a couture show than a ready-to-wear event at Thom Browne on Sunday night, the latest artistic statement by the American designer inspired by the legendary French painter Vigée Le Brun.
The question on everyone one’s mind entering the latest Stella McCartney show inside Paris’s legendary Opera was: Will the lady buy back the half of the company owned by her partners, French luxury group Kering?
Brutalist, bold, often beautiful, occasionally pretty sleazy and often chicly modern is how one could describe both Berlin, and the latest Givenchy collection, which was inspired by the German capital.
A pall hung over the Nina Ricci show in Paris. The evening before, the house officially denied a trade newspaper report that this would be the last show by its designer. Nonetheless, an air of finality about the event.
After seven years at Balmain, all fairly respectful of the house’s couture DNA, designer Olivier Rousteing looked into the future with high-tech PVC and space age materials. All leavened with a dash of Tina Turner folly.