Paris Fashion Week kicked off with a celebration of color spearheaded by European designers like Liselore Frowijn and Lucien Pellat-Finet. Japanese label Anrealage opted for a rather subdued, futuristic look in grey.
After fashion weeks in New York, London and Milan, Paris stepped onto the seasonal catwalk this week, with Dutch designer Liselore Frowijn among the first to present her fall collection in the French capital. Her show featured eye-catching zebra-striped trouser suits and was full of bold and joyous colors inspired by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
Like Frowijn, cashmere specialist Lucien Pellat-Finet also insisted that "people need color in their lives in these trying times." With Paris still recovering from the November terror attacks, his latest creations seem to celebrate the fact that life goes on regardless.
"We have suffered a lot. The whole world has suffered... life has not been the same the last few years," he said.
In contrast, the Japanese label Anrealage banished color pretty much altogether, going instead for 50 shades of grey that ranged from beautifully cut feminine dresses to high-tech ,shoulder-padded power suits.
Paris, home to world-renowned luxury brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton, hosts nine days of catwalk shows and presentations where designers will unveil their womens' wear creations for autumn/winter 2016/2017. Paris FashionWeek runs until March 9.
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