What She Wore: Paris Fashion Week

October 12, 2009

Daily Digest

What She Wore: Paris Fashion Week

By Jennifer Ennis

The Spring/Summer 2010 Fashion Weeks ended in great style in the French capital last week with some amazing shows.  Here are three that stood out for me…


Christophe Decarnin, the man responsible for the big shoulder pads and distressed military look everywhere at the moment, stuck with his signature look. The Balmain woman is powerful, fearless – and able to pull off second-skin clothes!

The models were warrior and gladiator-like as they stormed down the runway in shredded t-shirts, itsy bitsy shorts, skin-tight jeans, structured dresses and the infamous trademark peak-shouldered jacket. Fabrics included leather, crocodile and denim in khaki and black colours.

Balmain’s influential look can set you back a lot of lolly ($17,000/€11,565 for a jacket anyone?), so next spring you might head to Zara for replicates. In fact there are some Balmain autumn winter 09 lookalike jackets there now.


From the opening ‘cockadoodle do’, Karl Lagerfeld’s rustic runway complete with barn house and hay shacks was a fun, relaxed affair. The collection was soft and pretty with lots of lace, chiffon and tweed in neutral, cream and black tones. The models, with lose soft hair, smiled the whole way through before a ‘roll in the hay’ at the end and a performance from Lily Allen.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen never disappoints and his “Plato’s Atlantis” spectacle set in an erotic underworld, was no exception. It began with a video on screen of a naked Racquel Zimmermann writhing in the water covered with snakes – not a scene for the faint hearted! The show was inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution and the models were depicted as creatures of the sea complete with prosthetics on their faces to look like fish gills.

The collection itself was all about beautiful kaleidoscopic prints, rounded shoulders, short lengths and flowy material (which swayed like fish). The prints began with earthly tones and gradually moved to water colours depicting the idea of women morphing into underwater creatures and the sea slowly reclaiming the planet.

The main shock factor of the show was the shoes! Full credit given to those models for strutting the catwalk in those 12 inch heels. To see a close-up of the shoes, see our Flicker picture here.

This collection was clearly a stage collection and is not very wearable but, word on the fashion street is that the designs will be reinterpreted for a retail collection.

Other designers worth a mention

Gareth Pugh’s unique and doomy entirely grey collection, Givency’s striped and beautiful boating blazers (pictured) and Viktor & Rolf’s prom gowns with a soundtrack provided from Irish songstress Roisin Murphy.

Images left to right: Givency, Balmain, Balmain, Gareth Pugh.

Jennifer Ennis is an aspiring writer with a passion for fashion, music and travelling.

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One Response to “What She Wore: Paris Fashion Week”

  1. Ada Gilchrist Says:

    I missed watching the shows on over Paris Fashion Week myself, so thank you for such an insightful summary of the highlights. I’ll be ready to step out in style once Spring/Summer 2010 rolls around!

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