Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013 Day 1 Recap
Paris held a lot of surprises today with Mugler being subdued, Gareth Pugh (who I assume was) paying tribute to Diane Pernet (who sat graciously in front row), and Damir Doma who took blue to a whole new level of shine. But of course that’s not all; Dries van Noten worked with tartans and lacy florals while Alexis Mabille kicked up the hemlines… a lot! What is happening to these designers? Is the economy causing people to do crazy drastic things like Mugler’s obvious more relaxed collection? Or has the economy picked up just enough that they are now able to dive deeper into their brands and explore their independent styles to a different level? I hope it’s the latter.
My favorite show today was the Gareth Pugh collection where tall veiled women walked the runways with determination and like all Gareth Pugh women, she was a strong warrior. Black, red, cream and silver painted the picture of an asiatic inspired look complete with hair sticks that resembled chop sticks. At the beginning the pieces seemed morose and sombre but as the mood progressed the veil seemed to be lifted… literally.
Perhaps the collection was a personal overcoming of the passing of a loved one of Pugh’s or maybe just the rebirth of himself. His last few collections had quite the strong yet cheerful spin to them and previously his looks were draped in black all through the collection. Could it be that Pugh is in love and the feelings of passion have changed his designs? Well… he is in love with Carson Mccoll but it isn’t new. They have been together for a long while. Perhaps they are getting married… or perhaps I’m grasping at straws? Who knows but I for one like this new lighter feeling collection.
Oh and one last note the collection’s first look really reminded me of the Diane Pernet silhouette. Here’s what I mean. Tell me if I’m wrong.
The Mugler show, which I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see today, was nice and had nice elements of leather and wool but overall… quite blasé. I am tyically the first one on the Nicola Formichetti train especially for Mugler but today’s show was just so-so. Also the styling was plain old boring all the models had long brunette hair that was swept to one side… Oh, hold on, let me grab my noise maker and party hat… Blah!
The Alexis Mabille line, which used gorgeous materials in all types of tartan designs along side lacy full length skirts with flowers embroidered in as embelishments was a great collab of daywear and evening party attire. But speaking of party the high hemlines and short shorts were fun to the max! A party hat would be fitting in that situation for sure.
Damir Doma worked it on the runway and took elements of shine to polish up the collection leaving your ears resonating with the sound of a firecracker from the visual explosion. Aside from the water slicked blue pieces there were also utilitarian elements in the form of overalls that bunched the balloon-like pants at the waist and held them up to show off the thick sandals in red leopard with thin blue cable straps.
Day one was a surprise but I can;t wait for tomorrow.