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Paris Fashion Week AW13/14: Thursday

Catch up on our favourite show from yesterday, while we bring the highlights from today’s shows including Balmain, Balenciaga and Lanvin, Paris’s most whimsical fashion house

Marina Nelson,

Our number one show from Wednesday: Dries Van Noten

The Belgian designer shocked the fashion crowd yesterday with a collection complete with stars, all-over quilted patterns and oversized furs mixed with military navy and flamboyant feathers for an eclectic take on next season.

Leona Liu tweeted:
#driesvannoten proves once again his dexterity in mixing clashing prints patterns and textures. love the feathers!

Vogue UK tweeted: It's Balenciaga day @AlexanderWangNY #pfw

9.15am: To kick-start our day we headed to Balenciaga for Alexander Wang’s debut collection as lead designer. Models took to the runway in a simple palette of black and white mixed with hints of pewter, showing us that the monochrome trend is here to stay. The slightly futuristic collection featured strong and classic shapes from straight-cut trousers to structured tops with exaggerated shoulders and waistlines for a clean and sharp look for next season.

Christina Binkley tweeted: Modern-cum-spaceage with a base of 50s haute couture: Alexander Wang’s debut at Balenciaga. #pfw

Bag Snob tweeted: Doesn’t feel like #ParisFashionWeek until I’ve attended @Balmain!! #pfw #GlobalFASHION

2.45pm: The star-studded Balmain show took the phrase ‘go big or go home’ literally with a collection knee-deep in sequins, metallics, flashing neons and exaggerated shapes. With an abundance of gold pieces combined with power shoulders, Balmain showed a new no-nonsense attitude for its womenswear for next winter.

Fashionista.com ‏tweeted: A study in excess at Balmain - go big or go home #pfw

3.47pm: Barbara Bui went for minimalist and simple chic for next season. The show opened with a selection of culottes teamed with classic black blazers. Feathers and shaggy fur cream coats were brought into the mix for a softer and warmer appeal. Hints of Bui’s signature gold detailing were never far away on accessories and structured cropped tops.

7.17pm: Lanvin, the master of soft and sensual womenswear, ended our day with appliqué feathered dresses and silky satin fabrics combined with volume and ruffled chiffon for a luxurious take on autumn/winter fashion. Taking notes from the current rich gold trend, Alber Elbaz ensured his models stood out in oversized necklaces which spelled out words such as LOVE and COOL and lent a young, fresh vibe.

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



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