Paris fashion week used to be a fairly straightforward affair. But this season, that recently concluded, it felt different. After the disgrace of Galliano, there was a loom of uncertainty in the air. The finale was in stark contrast to the earlier Dior shows when Galliano would take an extended two-minute celebratory catwalk lap. At times, Paris fashion week felt like a public job interview for the Dior position. Galliano was not the only designer who failed to appear at the end of their show. Christophe Decarnin of Balmain also presented his collection in absentia.
Styles and trends
Celine’s controlled show was based on the interiors of cars, suggesting that polo-necks, boyish narrow trousers and brown are all where the smart money will go next season. Lanvin, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent also put on strong but subtle shows.
If you missed a show, it didn’t matter; Twitter was updated so frequently that you could almost see the show live. As a result, Celine tried to ban the twit-pic. Unsurprisingly, it didn't work. There was, perhaps inevitably, an element of rowdy spectacle in the background. The high energy of the Mugler catwalk, where Lady Gaga modelled sheer and PVC while simultaneously smoking at the bank of photographers, was pretty far from being a sedate moment. It was a brilliantly fun event, but as a symbol of the direction in which fashion is headed, it added little. For once, Gaga in white PVC could not compete with the image of an unknown seamstress in a white coat.