Givenchy, Hermes and Celine get elegant

October 1, 2012 • Entertainment

A model wears a creation by fashion designer Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy’s ready to wear Spring-Summer 2013 collection, presented in Paris, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) — True style doesn’t try too hard.

That was the statement at Paris Fashion Week, alarmingly simple, but proved in a number of ready-to-wear presentations Sunday which heralded a move towards clean, simplified elegance.

Celine designer Phoebe Philo — at the top of her game — produced a chic display, effortlessly.

Three years after the lauded Briton’s Celine debut, she delivered a strong show, which evoked her boho-bourgeois style in soft silhouettes with subtle architecture.

Another of Paris’ influential designers, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, presented a new vision of style Sunday.

Again, Tisci channeled a clean look, simplifying the house silhouette in a less elaborate yet sophisticated collection.

Hermes — the house of the jet-setting fashion buyer — served up the elegance in its usual cocktail of travel, silk, leather and exotic cultural references.

Summing up his show, the house’s designer Christophe Lemaire said it represented “a clean, sharp, modernist traveler.”

Monday’s highly anticipated shows include Stella McCartney, Chloe — and the hottest ticket of the week — Hedi Slimane’s debut outing as designer for the rebranded Saint Laurent.



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