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Paris Couture Week: Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier

Yesterday’s Paris couture catwalks saw a wide variety of texture and colour as Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier refused to play it safe.

Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli the force behind Valentino couture ran with a “virtual Eden” concept for spring 10.

Avatar-style make-up brandished the faces of the models, who included London cool kid Alice Dellal, a sign of the type of admiration Chiuri and Piccioli aim to accumulate.

The collection was abundant with silk chiffon in the form of leggings, tunics and billowing dresses. Earth tones were interspersed with neon green and pink making for a youthful parade of magic and fantasy. As Piccioli proclaimed: “we don’t think it’s a moment to be safe.”

Trademark Valentino was there in parts with splashes of red and draping. However, this collection pushed the brand towards an awareness of a younger demographic and will help the brand’s credibility in fashioning trends at high street level.

Highlights included a nude ruffle all-in-one and the silk chiffon leggings which will be a quickly distilled trend for young fashion.

There was no mistaking the theme of Jean Paul Gaultier Couture, as models sashayed down the catwalk accompanied by sombreros, cigars and mariachi music. Mexico came to Paris in a parade of vivid and rich colours burnt orange, sunset red and forest green.

Gaultier’s signature tailoring was apparent with strong-shouldered jackets shining through. Hemlines were varied with mini, mid-length and maxi all making an appearance.

The variety of styles was vast with a mixture of textures and silhouettes all mirroring and complementing the clear theme throughout. Commercially, the Mexican themes will no doubt filter through in patterns and prints, in addition to accessories such as bags and headwear.

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