Actress Amanda Seyfried arrives at Givenchy’s Ready to Wear’s Fall-Winter 2013-2014 fashion collection presented Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)
PARIS (AP) — There was a toughness in the air on the Paris catwalks Sunday.
But it wasn’t just in the black or the more grown-up styles that continued to dominate fall-winter shows.
Even designer Clare Waight Keller of normally gamine Chloe felt it.
Calling the mood “attitudy,” she used aggression on London night buses as the muse for a show that featured rings in ears and big metallic zippers.
The attitude continued in the severity of John Galliano’s knife pleats and leather straps; while, Kenzo’s temple guard sleeves and wrap fastenings added a ferocity that the designers compared to “ancient Asian warriors.”
In the last show of the day, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci — continued his signature exploration of dark gothic elements, following on from a combatorial menswear show. But this womenswear season, the floral-themed show came with an unusual metaphor: Can the clothes we wear in fact protect us?
Tisci unzipped, exposed and unfurled depths and transparencies in the Givenchy collection — which was as original, as it was thought-provoking.
Just like the opening flowers that graced tops, frilly boho skirts and jackets as graphic prints, Tisci experimented with unfurled layers in clothing using zippers. They came on bombers and on Login to read more