lib at Paris Fashion Week

lib at Paris Fashion Week

PARIS Eighty three shows on the calendar, talent coming in from over 20 countries and jet setting celebrities flocking into the French capital can only mean one thing: It time for Paris Fashion Week.

Here are the highlights of the ready to wear spring summer 2018 collections Tuesday in the City of Light.

Delving into the Dior archives, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri came back armed with photos of sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle one of the few successful female artists in the male dominated 1960s art world and a muse for then Dior designer Marc Bohan.

The inspiration of this artistic trailblazer spawned Tuesday Dior collection at Paris Fashion Week: the Sixties fused with the spirit of women lib.

Boho denim flares, lace up square heel boots, Breton stripes and knee high stockings accompanied berets and long fine scarves tied with a knot. These mixed with optical art black and white checks that were used effectively in kinetic uber mini coat dresses.

There were indeed some beautiful moments.

Saint Phalle colorful sculptures were evoked in a series of colour blocked, architectural looks in cobalt blue, black, white and yellow shapes tight around the body in the style.

Still, it was a mixed bag at Dior, with some overly busy silhouettes victims perhaps of Chiuri overly busy archive references. Ensembles with multiple layers, sheer sections on skirts, contrasting fabrics and fastidious detailing on appliques were sometimes a little distracting.

Bianca Jagger, Eva Herzigova, Alexa Chung and Natalia Vodianova all drew plenty of photographers as they entered Dior show Tuesday at Rodin Museum. But it was the tardy Naomi Watts who drew the most attention in an embellished Dior lace bodice dress with semi sheer tulle pleats.

The 48 year old actress was very on message with Dior feminist vibe while talking to The Associated Press.

a very good time for women, I feel. It about going out there and getting it, Watts said.

The star of this year Peaks reboot was seated next to a copy of feminist historian Linda Nochlin pioneering 1971 article Have There Been No Great Women Artists? that was provided thoughtfully by the house.

There has been a marked shift in celebrating feminism since Chiuri last year became Dior first female designer.

it important to have female designers. No one knows the female anatomy out there more than a woman. It exciting to see Maria Grazia new show, Watts said.

But Watts, who had a busy schedule of late with roles in the series as well as the David Lynch reboot,
lib at Paris Fashion Week
was also in Paris to relax.

here with my friends. We here to enjoy the city. Enjoy the clothes. Enjoy the whole experience, she said.


A smoke machine spewed out cloudy plumes across the gargantuan metal platform above the Trocadero gardens, created by Saint Laurent for its spring summer collection.

As the Eiffel Tower glimmered in the background imposingly, and hypnotic music boomed, models filed by in revealing mini dresses, shaggy boots and lashings of dark sparkle.

Loose silhouettes, tassel detailing and cuffed boots fused with high ruffle necks and capes in shimmering blacks and flashes of purple, pink and blue.

There was a distinct whiff of the TV series in some looks that incorporated big brown belts, black lacing, boots that evoked chaps, and black waistcoat shaped tops. At times, they were a little heavy handed.

But the creative climax came toward the end of the exhaustive 90 piece show when Vaccarello left behind the exploration and went abstract to explore shapes with an upward movement.

The piece de resistance: A skintight sheer black lace mini dress with a giant black ruffled disc that wrapped around the model waist artfully like an angry cloud.


She grabbed headlines at Milan Fashion Week, modelling alongside supermodels Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni in Donatella Versace eponymous show.

Naomi Campbell has made her first public appearance since that coup this time as a spectator at Saint Laurent.

Security was so tight, and the schedule so unusually on time for an evening show, that some top editors were even excluded from entering designer Anthony Vaccarello collection.

Campbell who was five minutes late was forced to watch from the distant standing area in front of the iridescent Eiffel Tower, dressed in a signature Saint Laurent black menswear tuxedo suit.
lib at Paris Fashion Week