Individual shows boldly stamp Paris Fashion Week
By Thomas Adamson, AP
October 1, 2012, 12:12 am TWN
PARIS--Coco Chanel once said: "The most courageous act is still to think for yourself."
Day five of Paris Fashion Week showed that even today the legendary fashion designer's words ring true.
Saturday presented a gold mine of eclectic and individual shows: Each one with a unique stamp of their designer.
London-based Vivienne Westwood led the crowd, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, but traveling — as she did — via Japan, Russia, Spain and Africa.
Westwood is the only designer on the Paris fashion calendar — or perhaps anywhere — who can cross the globe and several centuries, mixing up Bangkok-style catwomen, Chinese tea prints, tropical cowboys, Velasquez wenches, the Ballets Russes, and still produce a coherent and unified show.
Viktor & Rolf, meanwhile, went back to their signature plays on oversized proportion to produce a glitzy show — as they prepare to celebrate 20 years since they founded the label.
The epitome of femininity, Cacharel, explored spring through the natural colors of mother nature, in a trademark delicate display.
"Global exotic," is how English designer Vivienne Westwood described her brilliant and wacky spring-summer 2013 show, hosted on terra mater in Paris' British Embassy.