2012 September 27
Paris Spring 2013: Balenciaga, Balmain
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Ruffles and ridges! Who else but Nicolas Ghesquiere could make the girliest of motifs feel so architectural? Extensively researched fabrications, as always, are among the many hallmarks of this collection, but a barrage of black and white, followed by a heavily starched take on apron dressing, vied for attention. The midriff and the micromini are key silhouettes, while the work-friendly tweed suits and pieced-together sheaths offered some wear-in-real-life alternatives.
We get it, we get it! Black and white is the big Spring '13 trend, if the shows so far have anything to say about it. Wunderkind Olivier Rousteing's shoulder-centric collection was dominated by a B&W diamond print, which evolved into a cutout motif, and finally, an ultra-graphic, psychedelic print reminiscent of downtown New York in the 1980s. And did we mention the shoulders? Ultra-wide—wider than the Décarnin days—and just a touch softer, they added a dose of humor to this otherwise femme fatale-friendly look.
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