Mar 6, 2015 2:58 PM
Kanye West and Lorde make unlikely musical duo at Dior
The Associated Press
PARIS (AP) Kanye West swapped the newly-blond Kim Kardashian for a brunette at Dior on Friday, confusing some photographers into thinking momentarily that his wife had dyed her hair back to its natural color.
The mystery woman was none other than Lorde, the 18-year-old New Zealand singing sensation, who joined the fashion-conscious rapper on the front row of the Louvre show.
The unlikely musical couple joined "Fifty Shades Of Grey" actress Dakota Johnson who wore a stylish black Dior pantsuit.
Here are the highlights of Friday's ready-to-wear fall-winter 2015 shows in Paris, including show reports for Issey Miyake and Dior:
DIOR LETS OUT ITS INNER ANIMAL
Raf Simons declared the signature garden of Monsieur Dior (with its flower musings) officially off-bounds this season, in a bold new collection that let out the house's inner roar. They called it "Femme Animale."
Stylish thigh-high reptilian vinyl boots in tropical colors filed by alongside knee-length skirts, ripped as if by a big cat's claw.
Slashed patchwork-colored fox fur coats in lilac and aqua prowled by, alongside patent leather tops and skirts that glistened dangerously like snake skin.
It unleashed a more kinky side to the normally tame brand. "I wanted the collection to deal with... something more liberated, darker and more sexual," said Simons.
That he achieved, and then some. Flashes of vivid tropical color in patches and lines could sometimes be read as: Approach with caution, this Dior woman could bite.
Simons also used this new-found fierceness to explore menswear looks, like a double-breasted dark green wool pant suit, or a beautifully snug oversize coat in tea green.
The fauna was a welcome break from the flora.
ISSEY MIYAKE'S SUSPENSION
Franco-Japanese house Issey Miyake drew guests into a world of suspended gravity for a color-rich collection showcasing its mastery of techno-fabrics.
The runway, glistening black, resembled liquid oil on which the smiling models walked by, as singer Chiyako performed long, haunting harmonies that echoed around the room.
The beautiful clothes themselves often voluminous pieces of draped material in abstract wrapped bands bounced and continued the feeling of suspension.
The textured fabric, made of tiny 3-D creases, owed its bounce to steam that was blasted onto pre-woven creased fabric in the clothes' production, producing infinite little tectonic mountains.
The colors cyan, magenta and yellow produced an interesting color palette across horizontal triptych silhouettes of shawl, top and skirt.
The suspension reached its climax at a series of Origami-like silhouettes in blue that ruffled kinetically in blues, purples, reds and ochres across pants, knee-length coats and dresses.
GIVENCHY OPENS FLAGSHIP STORE IN PARIS' MARAIS
Givenchy is opening a flagship menswear store this week in the trendy Marais district of Paris that the 40-year-old couturier Riccardo Tisci personally conceived.
The slick 5,000-square-foot area, which spans two floors, is a sign of the brand's new buoyancy after the Italian-born designer took over the Parisian house in 2005. He revitalized its look with his gothic and sports styles, especially in menswear from 2009, which now accounts for 50 percent of Givenchy's revenues.
A resident in the Marais, the area is close to Tisci's heart. As a historic home to Jews, foreigners, gays and artists, it was also an appropriate place for the house's eclectic cultural fusion.
Isabel Marant mixed up Nordic styles with an ethnic theme in her Paris show.
Never fear, the bread-and-butter uber miniskirts and sexily strapped boots were still there for fall and winter in plentiful supply since Isabel Marant girls are so hip they are willing to brave subzero temperature in short skirts during the bleaker months. As were the signature Obi belts, here in on-trend ethnic black leather.
But Friday's show saw styles given a neat twist.
Oversize white winter coats with northern European patterning complemented high-waisted white pants that evoked skiwear style.
Nordic patterned bands appeared across the torso of one cream sweater, tucked stylishly into super a high-waisted white mini.
The collection was safe, but sound.
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