by Danielle Zabrauskas, Fashion News Correspondent
Paris Fashion Week is in full swing, and it has not been one to disappoint. If our heads were not already filled with gorgeous fabrics, fits and colors, they are now!
After finalizing plans for his Boulevard Saint-Germain boutique, Karl Lagerfeld released a collection for his eponymous line that showcased the epitome of his abilities. Sticking with shocking blacks, whites and a dab of army green, all mixed with a masterful use of leather, he presented biker-inspired designs that had the audience at the edge of their seats.
Alber Elbaz’s latest Lanvin collection was a mix of emotion and fashion. Elbaz sent models down the catwalk adorned with necklaces reading “Cool,” “Hot” and “Help.” One model even walked the runway in tears! Florals stood out from the creams and blacks presented by the designer.
In presenting her second show, all eyes were on German designer Marie-Christine Statz, the designer behind Gauchère. Located in Paris, she found herself inspired by sculptures and other forms of art. Statz worked with organza and appliqué to display gorgeous pieces that, with an occasional print or pop of color, made for an astounding season.
Viktor & Rolf went the extra mile when preparing for their show. Rather than focusing solely on the pieces, they also spent much time ensuring the backdrop elevated the appeal. Giant black and white sunflowers were staged behind models wearing ensembles in the same shades, helping them look graceful as they made their way down the runway. Playing with fabrics and cuts (hello giant bows!) made for a memorable display.
Vivienne Westwood was one of the few designers that embraced color this season in Paris. With bright red and gold amidst busy prints, she had a lot with which to work. The designer made a statement in supporting her environmental activism by presenting models in capes with the slogan “Climate Revolution” printed across them. Later, all models featured face paint to support the theme.