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Paris Fashion Week: Louis Vuitton and John Galliano

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Wednesday’s Parisian catwalks were a chance for the showmen of the week to take centre stage with eclectic collections which swerved through mixes of print, fabric and detailing at both Louis Vuitton and John Galliano.

Vuitton’s afro-topped models paraded down the runway in a confusion of wrapped and slashed tartans, silvery beaded dresses, baroque prints, racer-stripe knitwear, military pocketed skirts and a spot of underwear as outerwear corsetry.

Marc Jacobs suggested Vuitton’s influence was the world traveller and there were certainly influences from right across the globe with French boucle jackets, Scottish ginghams and African tribal prints, but other than the Austin Powers hair and plenty of tasselled and toggled bags, there was little unity in the Vuitton mission statement for spring 10.

Over at John Galliano, there was an equal amount of eclecticism, but with an underlying boudoir feel, something which has been key for the Parisian catwalks. Sheer flippy dresses, puff sleeved chiffon loungewear, lace trimmings and grosgrain ribbon fastenings all nodded towards a sultry bedroom, while Galliano also threw in plenty of lightweight outerwear options including beaded trenches, khaki jackets with surprisingly sharp lapels, and skinny belted sheeny blazers.

Evening dresses came in bright shades of orangeade and sunshine yellow, split up to the thigh, with trailing wispy ties or decorated in lashings of gold studding.

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