Having a ball on the catwalk in Paris
Finally, fun on the catwalk! Models at Sonia Rykiel smiled and slapped high fives as they passed one another on the runway at the French label's autumn-winter 2010/11 show at Paris Fashion Week yesterday.
In an age where frowning models stomping angrily down the catwalk are de rigeur, such a display of fun was a breath of fresh air.
The clothes, a fresh mix of oversized sweaters and elaborate headpieces (above), were carefree, fun and irreverent.
Chanel and Fendi designer Karl Lagerfeld went deep sea diving, layering high-necked coats in dense wools that resembled neoprene over latex leggings (left).
The tops were cut close to the body like scuba suits and had inserts of shiny vinyl panels. The models also wore wide vinyl headbands in their windswept bouffants. Even the evening looks, beaded dresses fitted with bodice belts, were worn with the vinyl leggings -- which fitted over glossy stiletto heels.
Meanwhile, fur sprouted from every seam, wisps of it adorning even the jewellery, at John Galliano's nomadic autumn-winter 2010/11 ready-to-wear show.
The collection's layered look (right) -- which heaped vests in goat hair over oversized sweaters, on top of drop-crotched harem pants -- looked ready to take on the icy winds of the Mongolian steppe or the highlands of Tibet.