Elegant gowns, skyscrapers that come with a chaffeur-required warning, corsets, divine embellishment fashioned by the most talented petite mains... all of the most dramatic sartorial signs of Couture Fashion Week were present and correct on the avenues of Paris, but there was a noticeable street style rebellion breaking out alongside the traditional troops. Anoraks? Denim? Sports bras as tops? Flat shoes? Heck, smoking slippers now seem like a Louboutin spike in comparison to genuinely rubber-soled sneakers. This was the season that (a section of) the couture crowd relaxed - but before you think laziness is on the rise, these ladies did have a verified seal of approval via Chanel and Dior's recent gear shift into casual. Both houses have offered luxurious versions of sneakers: Dior's crystal-covered styles have notched up the most steps over the past few days.
So in one camp were the modern mistresses of couture (think shirts tied around waists or purposefully less-than-perfect hair) and in the other, well, if Anna Dello Russo has anything to do with it... Her extreme take on the peacocking included a dress that wouldn't look out of place in Black Swan and more satin than you can shake a bejewelled stick at.
Others in the glamorous fashion parade embraced the warm weather in an array of pretty - although smarter than your average - sundresses paired with ladylike sandals - this is one industry zone where the ugly shoe hasn't got a hold. When girls weren't trussed up in form-fitting shapes, the mood was loose and breezy. In fact, if you look to Miroslava Duma, it's all about volume and blown-out proportions balanced with high high heels and a lorra lorra leg.
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