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Blog: Gallic bred

Phew – it’s been one heck of a month, but the spring 08 prêt-a-porter catwalks are now over and fashion fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Paris proved to be a fitting end to a diverse set of catwalks, focusing on the all-out extravagance missing from the other shows. John Galliano’s mainline was the scene of the week, with models decked out in rouged cheeks, salt-and-pepper wigs and fans in their hair, set to a backdrop of oversized candy canes in an extravagant pantomime.

Flapper girls, flamenco dancers and geishas all influenced the playful clothes, which featured everything from thigh-skimming skating skirts to floor-length ruffled gowns.

Over at Valentino, sweet wrapper colours and concertina ruffles featured strongly on shifts, skirts and evening gowns, to mark the designer’s ready to wear swansong in a colour-saturated celebration of all things ultra gorgeous. Ultimate femininity was celebrated through cinched waists, flippy skirts, collarbone-revealing gowns and clingy floor-length dresses.

Alexander McQueen was characteristically extravagant, with key pieces featuring sharp angles to create an accentuated hourglass shape. Neutral shades were highlighted with soft peach and chantilly pink, as well as vibrant violets and reds.

Check out the next issue of Drapers for a full report.

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