Victorian button-up meets tender punk during Paris Fashion Week

PARIS (AP) — The buttoned-up styles of a Victorian epoch have met their nemesis in a uncontrollable sexuality of British punk in resisting shows during Paris Fashion Week.

Here are some of a fall-winter highlights from a shows Saturday, that enclosed Vivienne Westwood, Elie Saab and Hermes:


The tender sexuality of British punk was on full arrangement during Austrian engineer Andreas Kronthaler’s uncover for Vivienne Westwood.

Big red-white-and-blue carpets — in a colors of a Union Jack — led guests’ eyes adult to a show’s taste of dismembered, inverted mannequin legs. Three scantily-clad Goth ravers climbed adult onto podiums around a runway as a uncover began and started to spin provocatively.

The garments channeled a punk styles that done Westwood’s name in a ’70s — though it was also a jubilee of aroused tone and couture.

A flimsy streaked pastel froufrou robe looked primarily like a watercolor portrayal — until, on serve inspection, a belt that consisted of adult toys came into focus.

The model’s thick eyebrows evoked famed Italian porn star-turned-politician, La Cicciolina. She also had spiny handle covering her lips and wore eccentric red lace-up boots.

The collection stayed loyal to Westwood’s thesaurus character by including Arab-style headdresses that were given an civic reworking, as good as styles desirous by a 18th century.

The best look? A hulk fire red antique tulle shawl with a duration fixture underneath a chin.

Models wear creations for a Comme des Garcons ready-to-wear fall/winter 2018/2019 conform collection presented in Paris, Saturday Mar 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Actress Rose McGowan, members of South African hip bound organisation Die Antwoord and rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser applauded from a front row.


Instead of a module notes, Andreas Kronthaler left guest a photocopy of a touching adore minute he’d created to his mother and pattern partner Vivienne Westwood, 76.

The 65-year-old Austrian engineer had handwritten a missive on blue Eurostar notepaper on Feb. 28 while roving between London and Paris on a cross-Channel train.

“Dear Vivienne. Heart. God how prolonged have we famous any other?” it began, before inventory all a conform influences Westwood had exerted on him over a years.

“When in doubt: dress up! … These mantras of yours and so most some-more became partial of my life and work. we still appreciate we to this day,” it read.

Kronthaler initial met Westwood in 1988 and they marry in 1993. He had for a prolonged time taken a purpose as a wordless artistic partner though took over strictly as engineer in new years.

Kronthaler finished it: “Love we forever. Andreas.”


Elie Saab went to a “dark romance” of a Victorian epoch for impulse for his brooding fall-winter offerings.

The residence constructed a primarily black collection of high necklines, matter bell and Juliette sleeves, tangible shoulders and lots and lots and lots of ruffles.

There was a sweetmeat to some of a fabrics and detailing such as in vast velvet bows draped from collars desirous by a 19th-century paintings of France’s Auguste Renoir.

Saab fused that covered-up era’s styles with an scrutiny of all things floral — and served it on his bread-and-butter pattern choice, cinched-waisted gowns.

The collection, entitled “Winter Bouquets,” had blooms as prints, embroideries and appliques in white, blush, powder blue and burgundy.


With an outlandish set and a intense red runway, Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski emanated still energy in a collection that showed off her skills as a colorist and signaled that a Hermes engineer is flourishing in confidence.

Starting in black, slim silhouettes in striking styles gradually altered tone and changed into absolute hues of midnight blue, vermilion, tan brown, mustard yellow and orange green.

With subtlety, a ’80s was referenced in soothing belted leather coats, shimmering leather pants and knee-high boots in resisting colors.

Detailing such as embroideries opposite a shoulder had a Latin American feel and demonstrated a famed craftsmanship of Hermes, a conform residence that in France has turn a scapegoat for luxury.

Vanhee-Cybulski’s gusto for checks constructed a pleasing block brownish-red dress.

But a genuine refinement was to be found in a collection’s tone combinations, such as when a belted jumpsuit in maroon was set off stylishly by a soothing vermillion coat.


In a collection that took a vibe from a street, Junya Watanabe’s irritable collection went stylishly off-kilter.

Oversize double-breasted fit jackets towered above floral leggings in an conscious outcome that done a legs demeanour like sticks. It was given larger inflection with vast block-like sneakers and preppy socks.

Elements of deconstruction — such as billowing sleeves that looked like pieces of fabric snipped away, or ditch coats partially dark in fur — demonstrated a ability that showed because a Japanese conform engineer was creatively a dependent of Comme des Garcons engineer Rei Kawakubo.

Bright reds and blues were afterwards injected into a tone palette — such as in one matter trapeze-shaped raincoat and in one mushroom-shaped burble coupler — giving a 41-piece uncover an on-trend ’80s vibe.

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