2011 March 3
Paris Fall 2011: Mugler, Balenciaga
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In January, Mugler creative director Nicola Formichetti promised Daily Front Row that his debut womenswear collection was “going to be something!” Last evening he delivered on that promise, with a risque women’s show brimming with dramatically contoured shoulders as the futuristic framework for translucent mesh paneling on the chest. Models strutted down a colonnaded catwalk structure resembling a gothic chapel – a shrine to fashion perhaps? – playing the ultimate fashion victims in sheer body suits with PVC and rubber armor-like accents, teetering on a collection of vertiginous high-heeled shoes. The atmosphere was saucy and sexy, as Coco Rocha twirled the final pillar, making feline faces at the photographers. The buzzed-about star of the show, Lady Gaga, sauntered with a cigarette provocatively hanging at her lips, stopping to do a little dance in front of Anna Wintour. Even the stoic editrix couldn't suppress her amusement, in the subtlest of manners, of course.
The fashion pack was abuzz with two notable attendances and one notable absence this morning at Balenciaga. Orlando Bloom was in the front row to support his wife, Miranda Kerr. The super stole the show last fashion week at Balenciaga, walking the Spring/Summer 2011 collection while six months pregnant: Daddy Bloom could obviously not be prouder. As François-Henri Pinault arrived solo, guests were obviously wondering where his wife and recent T Magazine cover girl, Salma Hayek, could be, but things quickly got down to business with Nicolas Ghesquière’s presentation of a feminine modern woman, opening with several show-stopping woven leather jackets that became leather overlays on dresses later in the collection. The silhouette was voluminous, with hemlines hitting below the knee in a palette of black, dark and electric blues, burnt oranges, reds and a dash of purple. The collection as a whole had a wonderful fluidity to it, with flashes of Ghesquière's signature retro futurism. And in case you were wondering who the second notable attendee was, she rushed out early to avoid the paparazzi: Carine Roitfeld showed there’s always room for second chances in the world of fashion.