Signature styles

Ruffles galore in the house of Valentino. As a signature style this can be over worked but they are determined to show that the line can produce a younger feel and still hang on to that heritage. Out came the dresses, worked in lace and leather with studded shoes, a signal if ever there was, that this brand is trying to encourage the younger market. There was the full-length gown of lace which for me was far too gothic compared to the other delicate tiered beaded lilac pieces that came round it. The show closed with the traditional red gown, ruffled (of course) and with the added layer of nude.

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Can you get Chicer?

Can you get chicher? Is it a word? Well I would like to make it one. As the days roll on in Paris the collections are defining this term each and every time. Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent was sending out the 70’s YSL girl (literally in medallion form) but with twists of updates. Wide legged, high waisted trousers, large floppy hats – classic Left bank Chic.

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Theatrics - let the shows begin

It must be difficult to have so many collections to design and not let them bleed into each other. On some level this season John Galliano was merging the House of Dior with his own label. Known for his beautiful slips of silk and their variations, he took this and layered them under all manner of riding dress – or not. Many a tulle and chiffon dresses came trotting down the runway, taking up the equestrian theme from his previous Couture collection.

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