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In Paris, joy and pain from Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons, Fashion

In Paris, joy and pain from Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons

Two of the most satisfying shows of the current Paris season showed nothing anyone would ever want to wear. No great loss. And no insult, or injury.

That was the point, in fact, of both Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons collection and Jean Paul Gaultier’s final ready-to-wear show. Nevertheless, they could not have been more different: something old, versus something new. Looking forward, and looking back.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 28 September 2014 at 11:25 am

Paris menswear autumn/winter 2014: Cashing in at Kenzo, Dior Homme and Hermes, Fashion

Paris menswear autumn/winter 2014: Cashing in at Kenzo, Dior Homme and Hermes

Kenzo chose to show their autumn/winter 2014 collection in the former Crédit Lyonnais headquarters. Symbolic, maybe, because menswear right now symbolises money in the bank for many a multi-billion fashion conglomerate. China is the motivating factor, where menswear sales make up approximately 55% of a luxury goods market set to become the world’s biggest (as compared to 40% on average worldwide). Hence the fact that the winter menswear shows seem bigger, more extravagant and more confident than usual. There’s buoyancy amongst the boys.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 18 January 2014 at 9:13 pm

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014: A soft Givenchy, a hard Chloe, a messy Céline, and the new Comme Des Garçons, Fashion

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014: A soft Givenchy, a hard Chloe, a messy Céline, and the new Comme Des Garçons

A fashion week is an odd, fluid period of time. It can mean anything from five rammed days in London, the first hazed with jet lag, to the nine-day marathon of the Paris collections. We’re two thirds of the way through that, but there’s still much to see. Namely Miu Miu, Chanel, Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton show, and the always-contentious Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent. He closes the day’s proceedings tomorrow.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 29 September 2013 at 11:11 pm

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