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Paris Fashion Week: Celine, Balenciaga and Balmain

Shows from Celine, Balenciaga and Balmain at Paris Fashion Week showcased a varied mixture of clean white lines, futuristic shapes and a touch of the wild west, with the Balenciaga show quite literally keeping the audience on their toes.

The spring 12 Celine show provided a fresh look, mixing its customary clean lines with unusual proportions, classic wide leg trousers and high waisted silhouettes. Pieces included broad shouldered jackets, white trench coats, tunic tops, shirts and button down dresses. Trousers were cut off at the ankle and knee length skirts were seen either in pleats or pencil styles. Creative director Phoebe Philo played around with proportions dressing models in oversized tops over ankle grazing slacks. A largely white colour palette was punctuated with darker shades of burgundy and black alongside flashes of scarlet.

The Balenciaga show got the crowd talking even before it began with four benches collapsing and causing many of the fashion elite to stand to watch models strut down the catwalk. Once the show began futuristic styles were on display with square or triangular shaped pieces in shiny metallic peaches, lilacs and in silver. Key pieces included a boxy panelled silk jacket paired with short sporty shorts and other outfits included high waisted cigarette pants teamed with vibrant printed blouses. More usual silhouettes were seen as the show progressed with longer length dresses displaying a mixture of prints topped off with asymmetric wide brimmed hats.

Balmain’s new creative director Olivier Rousteing debuted a country and western feel complete with fringing, faded denim and flashes of gold. The spring 12 collection included a range of white shirts many embellished with gold decoration. Gold was also seen on tassled dresses, tailoring and highwaisted miniskirts teamed with chambray shirts, in fact the metallic touch was seen on almost every look. Other key pieces included loose leather trousers and a mini dress in a floral print.

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