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Paris Fashion Week AW13/14: Weekend highlights

This weekend saw an array of top fashion shows, from sunrise to sunset each day. We’ve picked out some of the best shows from the past two days, including Chloé, Givenchy, Kenzo, Loewe and Vivienne Westwood

Marina Nelson,


Viktor & Rolf
: Viktor & Rolf played with ruffles, patterns, peplums, ripped fabrics, frayed edges, netting and fur, all using a basic palette of black and white. The designer duo showed modern styles and looks in up-to-date fabrics can be achieved without the use of vibrant colours.

Xavier LeBron tweeted: more of a way of life than a trend these days #viktorandrolf #pfw

Vivienne Westwood
The ever-eccentric Vivienne Westwood pulled out all the stops with a mishmash collection of old styles mixed with modern, feminine power dressing. The collection fused medieval prints, Native American cultural influences and tribal notes, complete with geisha-style make-up. The final look saw a bride walk the runway in a vintage off-white mini wedding dress complete with a train and a veil, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.’

Telegraph Fashion tweeted: Shocker! Vivienne Westwood has turned her back on Punk and gone all Medieval @FollowWestwood #PFW

Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier combined tough leather and metal buckles with soft, rustic brown fur pieces for a warm, gothic look. Shimmering gold drainpipe leggings added a hint of shine and a fun, disco vibe.

Fashion Monitor ‏@Fashion_MonitorLeather, print, fur all united by the signature edge synonymous with Jean Paul Gaultier @jpgaultier

The Loewe Spanish fashion house took the biker chick trend to new heights in a predominantly leather collection with added mirrored prints, bright colours and sequin-embroidered fur for an alternative look. Loewe’s leather jumpers were masculine with curved shoulders, while the leather skirts featured thigh-high splits teamed with suspenders.


A special soundtrack from world chart-topper MIA drew all eyes to Kenzo’s runway show. The statement printed designs had fewer of the geometric prints that we’re used to, but featured a mix of different looks, from those influenced by Asia to zigzag prints, reptile-skin 3D jackets and eye prints. The fashion crowd were amazed by this eclectic mix.

12.15pm: The Parisian fashion house of Céline displayed its signature tailoring in laundry-bag checked prints, showing the Céline woman likes to experiment every once in a while. Coats were loose and masculine, with customised touches such as arms tied into a makeshift bow for a retro twist.

LOVE MAGAZINE tweeted: Laundry bag checks for coats, skirts and sweaters and thigh-high boots at Céline.

3.27pm: The classic Chloé label took the fashion crowd back to school with a collection full of references to childhood, including pinafore dresses and crisp white shirts, backpack straps and the classic tweed coat. Each style was modernised and made feminine, while the classic leather brogue completed the runway look, showing childhood years stick with us forever.

Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci having decided against an haute couture show last month, the fashion crowd were more than ready for his Fashion Week arrival and the show certainly didn’t disappoint. Givenchy’s exterior look was softened for the show with floral patterns, sequin mesh skirts and gingham-style prints. Fire came mid-collection with a bright orange and sunshine yellow ensemble, while skirts stopped mid-length, with flamboyant, ruffled hemlines lending a casual, fluid look.

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



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