Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week 2008

Some of fashion?s biggest and most influential players have shown at Paris Fashion week, most notably, Lanvin, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton, who all showed yesterday.

Alber Elbaz for Lanvin has finally uttered the words that every woman wants to hear from a designer, stating that, ? part of a designer?s job is to be pragmatic. Not to be ashamed to think about making life easy for a woman?. And this is exactly what Elbaz achieved. Focusing on the technical aspects of tailoring and design, this collection, although simplistic,was grown up and,dare I say it, practical. What a refreshing change!

Miu Miu, on the other hand displayed a sportswear themed collection, sending modesls down the runway in colour blocked jockey silk jumpsuits and two peices. This was a bizarre collection, that doesn?t sit comfortable alongside anything we?ve witnessed in Milan, London or New York. I?m not sure that this is a collection that is infinitely wearable on anyone other than an amazonian model- I dread to think how all that satin could look on me!

After Marc Jacobs? show at NY, one wondered if he would dare to send such a drab collection down the catwalk as the deigner for Louis Vuitton. And sure enough he did. Overtly similar to his own collection, we winessed once more, large pleated baggy trousers, (which, if they make catwalk models seem short and larger-what chance do we have?!) grey, grey and more grey. Uninspiring and certainly nothing to warm the fashion juices, Jacobs, like Elbaz, is focusing on the art of tailoring. Just a little less successfully!

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