Benches cracked, some guests tumbled – but all ended up on their feet to give a standing ovation for Balenciaga before the first mannequin even stepped onto the catwalk. This unanimous tribute to Nicolas Ghesquière’s spring/summer collection was entirely justified. The show started with a modern-day version of silk samurai jackets; high-waisted pants with asymmetrically shaped tops followed; shorts, barely covering the thighs, were sensually tailored but never tacky. ‘Very radical, as is so often the case with him,’ judged Catherine Deneuve, watching attentively from her front-row seat. Actresses Chiara Mastroianni, Salma Hayek and Charlotte Gainsbourg looked equally impressed.