Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Paris felt entirely shapely this season with interesting shapes in interesting places in various places.

Giambattista Valli was demure and the drama came in the back. For a Parisian it's a go-to, for an American it's a dream look.

Balenciaga was strong as well, from the articulated shoulders to the above-the-knee lengths. The strong trousers also worked well on men, who kept it tough with the girls, and isn't it striking how this label promotes the equality of strength among the sexes? And the shimmer in the dress fabrics felt steely. More to come on this notably Ghesquèrian collection.

Hussein Chalayan had some cool shapes. Experimentation in drape and accent is a Chalayan favorite and for good reason; no one bends a dress like he does. Without feeling otherworldly, the fabrics moved and jutted from the body organically, as a dress flutters in the wind. The futurism felt innovative, not forced.

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