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Paris when it fizzles: Balenciaga, Rochas, Dries Van Noten and Jean Paul Gaultier, Fashion

Paris when it fizzles: Balenciaga, Rochas, Dries Van Noten and Jean Paul Gaultier

Paris fashion week is the great consolidator, the grounder of the fashion season. It rounds off the ideas we’ve seen emerging in the other three fashion capitals, adds a few more of its own and a distinctly Gallic flourish, and ties the whole thing up in a fancy, florid Frenchy bow. It adds the punctuation. It makes the whole thing make sense. It does usually at least. This season, however, Paris seems, somehow, subdued. It’s throwing up questions rather than answers, and bucking the trends. It’s an intriguing turn of events.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 2 March 2014 at 11:23 am

Altuzarra’s sexuality, Prabal Gurung’s old drapes and fly fishing with Alexander Wang, in New York., Fashion

Altuzarra’s sexuality, Prabal Gurung’s old drapes and fly fishing with Alexander Wang, in New York.

At the Prabal Gurung show, of all places, I ended up discussing Joseph Altuzarra with Natalie Kingham, the international buyer for MatchesFashion.com (as they were recently rebranded).

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 9 February 2014 at 2:16 pm

Springtime in Paris – via Dior, Chalayan, Rochas, Rick Owens and Balenciaga, Fashion

Springtime in Paris – via Dior, Chalayan, Rochas, Rick Owens and Balenciaga

The third day of my Paris fashion week – the fourth overall – has just finished. Raf Simons showed his latest collection for Christian Dior this afternoon. The major editors are out in force. The week has truly begun.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 27 September 2013 at 9:41 pm

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