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Paris Fashion Week AW13/14: Friday


With a busy day of runway shows ahead, stay on track with our highlights from today’s designers, including Roland Mouret and Christian Dior

Marina Nelson ,

9.15am: Our morning is kick-started by Roland Mouret’s show, where the fashion house played with angular shapes and animal prints. To open the show cobalt blue was mixed with metallic copper and off white. Classic shapes were updated with peplum hemlines for a new spin, while trousers went high waisted with tapered legs for a sharp and chic look.

Harrods tweeted: When it comes to flattering the female form, nobody does it better than @RolandMouret. #PFW

Grazia_Live ‏tweeted: Itssss #dior timmmmme!

1.47pm: The House of Dior took a unique direction this afternoon, mixing its signature ladylike silhouettes with monochrome zigzag patterns, puffball dresses and crochet-meets-gingham layered skirts. Raf Simons’ trademark voluminous coats were a key feature, made more feminine with A-line shapes and loose pussy-bow neckties.

Nylon Magazine ‏tweeted: dior - very smART collection! a collab w/the warhol foundation included early andy drawings embroidered on tights, dresses & bags. #nylonfw

2.45pm: Isabel Marant made a fresh start for the new season with a collection that was stripped back to basics. Marant’s characteristic bright and vibrant style gave way to a tougher and more relaxed rock chick vibe. Hemlines were still short but colours were dark and gothic, with hints of cream for a softer and brighter outlook. To finish, Marant’s signature sequins made an appearance as a reminder that she hasn’t forgotten her roots.

NET-A-PORTER.COM ‏tweeted: Suede and leather buckle wedge boots are set to be the new wedge trainers at #IsabelMarant #startthewaitinglist #pfw #netapfw

4.41pm: Vanessa Bruno shook Paris Fashion Week with an alternative, masculine direction. High-waisted, loose-fitting trousers joined block-colour shirts and pointed shoes for a new take on feminine power dressing. The playful side of the collection featured skirts with eyelet hems and angular, patterned dresses, teamed with gladiator shoes for a gothic twist.

Natalie Joos ‏tweeted: vanessabruno's take on the TUXEDO was flawless, commercial and FRESH. #perfection

5.35pm: Following a successful collaboration with H&M, Maison Martin Margiela offered its signature exaggerated fashion with a softer, everyday appeal. The show opened with loose-fitting pieces with oversized cuffs and hand-painted effects. As the show progressed, the styling became more eclectic, with clashing colours, different fabrics and graphic art prints giving a glimpse of the new Maison Martin Margiela woman.

POP MAGAZINE tweeted: Pinstripe is KING @margiela

6.47pm: Sonia Rykiel mixed the current 60s revival trend with military chic for a tough yet girlish new-season look. Chic double-breasted coats with oversized contrasting coloured buttons against military navy opened the show, while matching softer pieces came in dusky pink in a nod to the fashion of the 60s. To round off the collection, models wore knee-high socks which would make even the cast of Glee envious!

BesideCommunications ‏tweeted: Mademoiselle Rykiel wears her freedom. Wild, playful and contemporary. Understated seduction, geometric approach, colors. #pfw #soniarykiel

Read on for more from our next Paris Fashion Week diary: Weekend highlights.

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