Dispatches from Paris Fashion Week: Day 2
Ed-in-chief Andrea falls head over heels for Carven. Literally
The day started with Carven, who showed at the Grand Palais. As I was making my way into the show, speed walking in my heels as I was running late, I was accosted by a film crew that I'm pretty sure was emulating Jimmy Kimmel's now viral fashion week video. They named a couple of designers that I haven't heard of before, and I politely declined to comment saying I didn't know them, and while I might have saved myself from embarrassment there, I tripped and fell on to the ground in my hurry to escape, which I'm pretty sure was caught on camera. So if a video of an editor's epic fall in front of a fashion show makes it round on YouTube, at least it's better than being caught pretending to know about a non-existent designer. Am I right?
The Carven show had a strong sixties feel to it, with A-line shift dresses and coats, but it also had a hint of sportiness with racing stripe motifs and the models even held the top-handle bags under their arms like a helmet. There were Japanese influences as well, with red kanji script emblazoned across a black shift and dress in red, blue and white with a sakura design.
Then it was immediately off to Manish Arora at the Palais de Tokyo. You can always expect a fun, playful and kaleidoscopic collection from Manish Arora, and this season did not disappoint. It was an intergalactic trip filled with iridescent pastels, shimmery embellishments and hyper-real prints that were at once girly sweet and futuristic sci-fi. Cycling shorts, caps and backpacks inject a cool sporty vibe, but they were all styled in the same gleaming, psychedelic palette. I couldn't keep my eyes off the 'gladiator cyber sandals in holographic pvc', as the show notes refer to them, helping to keep these out-of-this-world looks somewhat grounded.
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