Paul kvelled about his “brilliant designer” daughter

Paris hard and Paris soft

Speculation about fashion’s future ran amok as the spring ’07 Paris collections unfolded in two different directions last week: While there were those who went the soft and romantic route, others were hard edged, warrior like and sleek of silhouette. But there were plenty of strong offerings from the lucrative middle ground, where the clothes were simple and wearable.

One of the most powerful statements came from the fearless Nicholas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga, whose space age vision included skinny pants, structured leather vests and jackets, shiny black and white satin and patent. Janet Jackson high quality replica handbags china , an unlikely fixture at Paris, liked the articulated metal leggings, like cyber armour. “Exactly what I’d love to wear!” she said. Sounds more retro Michael, though.

Avant garde designer Hussein Chalayan spoke more literally to the future, presenting clothes that, through the magic of technology, transformed before our eyes. “I really do think these garments could be prototypes for the kinds of clothes we could be wearing in the future, where your dress could actually take on different forms,” Chalayan said backstage. cheap louis vuitton bags from china A white, crystal studded organza coat opened on its own to reveal a cream gown; a full length white gown slowly shrank before us to become a mini; a model draped in white chiffon was eventually left naked as the fabric was slowly sucked up into her big brimmed hat.

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In a tribute to the here and now, modern active wear also sprinted through some collections. Jean Paul Gaultier, celebrating his 30th anniversary in the biz, followed a retrospective collection of his greatest hits through the years with a new assortment of workout inspired clothes, such as little satin Chinese embroidered track jackets and shorts, all very colourful, upbeat and disco/gym ready, complete with high heeled sneakers. The high quality designer replica handbags runway smacked of eighties nostalgia, and celebrated the high/low mix that has become an integral part of the way we dress today. “It’s about heart and spirit,” Gaultier said post show. “I just wanted to explore the energy I feel around me.”

Luxurious ease was the theme at Herms (Gaultier also designs ready to wear for the iconic French house), where elegant ladies stalked a makeshift boardwalk, like they were coming off their yachts. Dressed in chic swimwear, jersey dresses, shiny satin short suits, elegant white pinstripe pants and vests, and dreamy print chiffon separates and dresses, they were like actresses on a film set, ready to cruise the luxury world of high end dream Herms serves up so well.

The theme of easy dressing was picked up at Stella McCartney. The designer, Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags expecting her second child, was in a playful mood, experimenting with volume, and serving up one piece playsuits. But she didn’t abandon the idea of sharp tailoring altogether. Sleek jackets, worn a bit longer to jibe with the shorter skirts, came on strong. And geometric prints in shades of clay and cargo felt forward and exotic. Many of the dresses were backless, and smock coats were everywhere.

Post show, Kanye West and McCartney’s dad, Sir Paul, looking a bit world weary (Who’s surprised after what he’s been going through?), but as gorgeous as ever to the old Beatlemaniac in replica louis vuitton handbags me. Paul kvelled about his “brilliant designer” daughter. “She’s really an amazing mother, and is able to juggle her life so beautifully, between home and career. I’m so proud of her.”

Backstage at Chanel, Daria Werbowy, the Canadian who has risen above most runways, told me that cheap replica handbags she’s thrilled to have discovered there’s life after modelling. In another area , Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes were being primped for their entrances. “The more we see, the more we appreciate,” Holmes said. And then Beckham piped up, “The more I see, the more I want!” They vowed to shop all afternoon.

There was plenty to covet at Chanel: Karl Lagerfeld, one of fashion’s great futurists, sent out a dizzying array of short, sexy outfits: black sequined panties teamed with signature tweed jackets, ruffled white miniskirts, and mini dresses in stripes, white sequins and silver, with a sprinkling of provocative playsuits. Shoes were super clunky platforms with ultrathick heels, or shiny ballet flats, especially appealing with all the short cocktail fare.

After the show, I asked the designer about fashion’s future. “I don’t want to get into a boring conversation cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk about business,” he said, “but let’s face it the future in fashion is six months, six months, six months. That’s all you replica louis vuitton can realistically project, ah?”

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John Galliano is seldom realistic. After last summer’s couture extravaganza, featuring armour for the New Age, the Dior designer continued to riff on Joan of Arc, this time with an elegant, subdued presentation: pale grey cotton and wool suits, with structure details such as peaked shoulders and strategic cuts in sleeves to facilitate movement. There were ecru and white dresses, lace decorations and drapey gowns, the kind of quiet clothing we don’t often see at the modern Dior.

With this atypical collection, Galliano seems shockingly ready to grow up. “We’ve already impressed all the fashionistas,” he said backstage. “Now, we want to listen to our clients. And they all say they want certain pieces, like wearable jackets. So that’s what we’re giving them.”

YSL’s Stefano Pilati had his models walk down a bed of violets. The designer explained that violets symbolize fragility, purity and humility. They also punched up the purple pieces that emerged toward the end of the show, from a leather swing jacket to a floral print pleated and ruffled gown. The new erogenous zone here was the back with a handful of open back dresses. The show started off with black and white gingham checks: a trench coat, swing jacket, aaa replica designer handbags shirt dress and smock coat teamed with a jaunty beret. But earnest plays on proportion started going haywire when balloon pants appeared.

Former bad boy Alexander McQueen gave us romance steeped in Edwardian decay and spirituality. Backstage at the Cirque d’Hiver, as the models’ faces were whitened, milliner Phillip Treacy fussed with giant black rose hats. Out front, the sartorial poetry unfolded: a transparent embroidered tulle gown teamed with a feather capelet; a white, black and 1:1 replica handbags pink tiered gown with a black rose chapeau; a sparkling black embroidered lace dress, worn over a crisp white shirt. Flowers bloomed: a hat shaped like a giant bouquet, a dress covered in petals, a collar stuffed with roses.

“People are all talking about the future this week,” Treacy said. “But it’s different for everybody. And sometimes the future is really about the past.”

There was a more pastoral approach to romance at Louis Vuitton, where Marc Jacobs advocated eccentrically layered, voluminous pieces. With a video projection of clouds as a backdrop, his models took to the runway as though they were on their way to a hip garden party. Crisp sky blue cotton and white organza shirts and delicate tulle and elaborately draped short skirts looked modern with all the hot LV accessories louis vuitton copy bags uk , from unusual gold sandals to an assortment of eclectic bags the mainstay of the house. “Oh, I definitely want some of those!” Janet Jackson gushed.

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Meanwhile, on a terrace overlooking the Champs Elyses, Jacobs, wearing a Fleetwood Mac T shirt, paused to reflect: “Fashion is escapism after all. But don’t talk to me about the future. There really shouldn’t be that focus fashion is about the here and now. And while that may sound a little Zen, I really mean it. We’ve just got to replica louis vuitton bags from china be in the moment.”

Or at least, in the moment, thinking about what we’ll want to Perfect Quality Louis Vuitton Replica be wearing six months down the road.

Jeanne Beker is host of Fashion Television.


COCKTAIL LENGTH Short for day and night. Prim and skim on the body. Very mod, seen in almost every collection around the fashionable bits of the globe and now in Paris.

GEOMETRICS The pop art fascination continues, with wavy gravy, circles and cubes popping up all over.

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TUNICS These often show on the runway as minis, but will wind up as tunics come spring and when they meet real women.

WET LOOK Slick is literal this year. Look especially to a standout Balenciaga collection with patent suits fit for futuristic urban (urbane?) warriors.

PURPLE A big colour this fall continues strong into spring, especially at YSL, where the runway was literally lined with violets.

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