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Paris: Balenciaga, Balmain and Rick Owens

Balenciaga and Balmain’s high shine and punk rock contrasted against Rick Owens streamlinedelegance in Paris, as fashion’s big hitters stepped out.

Balenciaga lived up to its reputation for innovative design and fabric techniques with a wearable collection that included leather embroidered with PVC and knits coated with brushed silk.

“I wanted to make everything look as though it had been in the rain,” said designer Nicolas Ghesquière.

Houndstooth patterns in red, blue and white were given a punk rock feel with riveted leather belts which were used as detailing on skirts and patchwork, sheer sleeveless blouses.

Everything had a boyish charm although feminine details made an appearance through iridescent sequin embellishment.

Balmain’s designer Christophe Decarnin reprised his now familiar glam punk look in a collection laced with leather, safety pins and studs. Everything was distressed and heavily customised.

Paint appeared to have been splattered and left to drip down tight fitting jeans and loose fit T-shirts and vests.

Safety pins were everywhere from fastening holes in ripped T-shirts to covering the lapels of biker jackets and leather miniskirts.

Stars and stripes became a recurring theme on vests and denim shorts which had a washed-out worn-in feel. The finale was figure hugging corsets embroidered with safety pins and teamed with ripped jeans typifying the rock ‘n roll chic.

Rick Owens’ offering couldn’t have been further from Balenciaga’s or Balmain’s as he showcased a muted palette of oyster, black and white and long, streamlined silhouettes.

The empire line was important and tops were cropped at the front with a frock tail whilst necklines were high with halterneck tops and high folded collars.

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