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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011


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PARIS: Paris’ nine-day-long fashion
marathon got off to a picture-postcard per-                                                                                                                                           Corrad
fect start on Tuesday, with the city’s first                                                                                                                                                o de B
spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear show                                                                                                                                                             iase
held atop the Eiffel Tower.
   Fashionistas in vertiginous heels and
oversized shades dodged souvenir vendors
and queued up with common tourists for
the monument’s achingly slow elevators,                                                                                                                                                                                             in Paris for two decades, told AFP after-
which eventually delivered them to a hall                                                                                                                                                                                           wards.
on the first floor, where Portuguese                                                                                                                                                                                                   Harry Halim chose a former metal-
designer Fatima Lopes’ show was staged.                                                                                                                                                                                             works as backdrop for his womenswear

   As the first model emerged, thick black                                                                                                                                                                                          show, but this time it was all in black,
curtains parted to reveal a phenomenal                                                                                                                                                                                              from the warehouse walls to the models’
view over Paris, and the low beige                                                                                                                                                                                                  lipstick or their thick platform-soled lace-
cityscape — bathed in the radiant glow of                                                                                                                                                                                           up shoes.
the Indian summer sum — competed for                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Indonesian-born, Singapore-trained
the audience’s attention with the clothes           Above and below:                                                                                                                                                                designer, sent out models to the beeps,
themselves.                                     Models present                                                                                                                                                                      clicks and pounding drums of an industri-
   Had the garments not been in scream-            creations by                                                                                                                                                                     al electro soundtrack, dressed in
ing neons, the view might have won out.                                                         Moon                                                                                                                                macrame-like capes with stringy loops
                                                   Corrado de                                          Young
   But Lopes punctuated her feather-              Biase, Moon                                                  Hee                                                                                                                  and fringes, over hotpants or mini skirts in
weight slip dresses in translucent silks        Young Hee and                                                                                                                                                                       slinky black.
with vinyl detailings in a rainbow of eye-        Fatima Lopes                                                                                                                                                                         Skin-tight black leather trousers
popping shades. The fluorescent orange              during the                                                                                                                                                                      widened below the knee into silky see-
neckline of an ankle-length beige sundress      Spring/Summer                                                                                                                                                                       thru flares that trailed on the floor, while
recalled a cyclist’s safety vest. A second-      2012 ready-to-                                                                                                                                                                     masculine jackets were slashed and cut
skin bustier dress was a patchwork of ver-       wear collection                                                                                                                                                                    out, with thin ribbons strapped around
tical strips of fuchsia, lemon and tangerine       show, on Sept 27, in                                                                                                                                                             bare torsos.
polyurethane. The barely pubescent mod-               Paris. (AFP/AP)                                                                                                                                                                  Paris Fashion Week kicked off Tuesday
els’ lips were lacquered in matching                                                                                                                                                                                                       with a host of young designers tak-
shades, and they wore 15-centimeter (6-                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing their first bow, at Issey Miyake
inch) heels adorned with metal hardware                                                                                                                                                                                                     and Balmain, Kenzo and
that recalled the Eiffel Tower’s steel                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cacharel, and a buzz of excite-
beams and struts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ment over John Galliano’s suc-
   It was the first time in recent memory                                                                                                                                                                                                                               cession at
that a fashion show on Paris’ official cal-                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dior.
endar has been held in the iconic monu-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ninety-
ment — and considering the logistical                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    two
challenge of getting everyone up the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      shows
tower, it was probably just as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pack the
   Still, though they’d never admit as                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     official
much, even the most blase globe-trotting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   calen-
fashion insiders got a kick out of their trip                                                                                                                                                                                                                               dar as
up one of the world’s top tourist sites.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the
   The global fashion pack                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   fash-
descended on a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ion
Paris basking in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               road-
gorgeous Indian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 show
Summer sunshine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pulls
for the finale of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            into
four-week ready-to-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 opes Paris
wear marathon,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Fatima L          for the
after a stop in Milan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              grand finale of
where the tone was                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the Spring-Summer 2012
firmly upbeat despite                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ready-to-wear shows,
the economic gloom.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      after glamour stops in
   South Korean                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          New York, London and
Moon Young Hee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Milan.
chose a light-flooded                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hundreds of models,
19th-century ware-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       fashion buyers and critics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     de  Biase
house, glass-roofed and                                                                                                                                                                                                      Corrado                      are headed to Paris from
panelled in white, to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Milan, where the economic
showcase a line she said                                                                                                                                                                                                            crisis did little to dent the festive atmos-
fused high-tech pleats                                                                                                                                                                                                              phere.
with traditional Asian tai-                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shows aside, the global fashion crowd
loring, boyish cuts with                                                                                                                                                                                                            is waiting with baited breath for the possi-
ethereal draping.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ble naming this week of a successor to
   Straight-cut white shift                                                                                                                                                                                                         Galliano at the helm of the French couture
dresses and pants were                                                                                                                                                                                                              house Christian Dior. The British design-
criss-crossed with                                                                                                                                                                                                                  er was sacked in disgrace on the eve of
Mondrian-like lined pat-                                                                                                                                                                        ung  Hee                            the March ready-to-wear shows after hurl-
terns in maroon, blue, green                                                                                                                                                         Moon Yo                                        ing anti-Semitic insults at bar patrons in
and yellow, made from silk                       opes                                                                                                                                                                               Paris, an outburst that earned him a court
with viscose panels, and                Fatima L                                                                                                                                   lared black capes had cut-outs at the            conviction this month.
worn with or without a man-                                                                                                                                                        shoulder and deep slits at the sides, worn          New York designer Marc Jacobs is
nish jacket.                                                                                                                                                                       over bare breasts with thin black laces          tipped to move from Louis Vuitton for
   Hair was pinned in wispy chignons,                                                                                                                                              strapped across the body.                        the job, but talks with Dior have reported-
make-up made do with touches of blue,                                             de Biase                                                                                            For the finale the designer sent out          ly proven tough and there is no guarantee
green or red on the eyes, and shoes were                                Corrado                                                                                                    intricate pleated tops and dresses, in           in any case that the house would choose
flat dancer’s lace-ups.                                                                                                                                                            sculptured, bulbous shapes that rose high        fashion week to make an announcement.
   Demure, skin-covering day numbers            out pockets that bulged at the hips, deep                                                                                          and wide around the neck.                        (Agencies)
gave way for evening to fluid organza           scooped cowl necks, and wispy strips that                                                                                             “I worked a lot on the geometry, I used
dresses in whites and pastels, with inside-                                                                                                            ung Hee                     synthetics with silk for the first time, and
                                                sprouted from sleeves and back like angel                                                    Moon Yo                               I worked very hard on the pleats for dra-
                                                   Silky cream shirts were glammed-up                                                 rope.                                        matic effect,” the designer, who has lived
                                                with outsize ruffles down the front, and            halter neck tops were fashioned     On a sexier note, angular-cut, high-col-
                                                                                             from shimmery organza wound into a

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