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Paris Fashion Week: Balenciaga

Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière teamed strict angles with soft, grungy jumpers and silks at Paris Fashion Week, as he straddled the divide between offering directional pieces and wearable separates with aplomb.

Fish-tail fronted skirts kicked outwards as the models walked down the catwalk, as expertly placed front pleats gave the illusion of folds. The skirts were teamed with long-line sweaters that had a grungy feel, as considered holes, leather panelling and patches jostled with pops of neon on collars.

The print on the skirts was abstract and had a Japanese feel as flora crept up skirts in winding formations. It also retained a certain romanticism as Ghesquière employed it on a soft silk. Prints came in autumnal colours - underpinned by red.

High-shine, waxy leather jackets also featured and were cut into a boxy silhouette - backing up the trend for harder, manish tailoring seen in Milan. These waxy leathers were also used on deconstructed skirts, which were topped with grey and white angular panelled tops.

More directional were the fuchsia and bright blue dresses covered in a thick black mesh and worn with trousers.

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