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Individual shows boldly stamp Paris fashion week
PARIS (AP) - Coco Chanel once said: “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.”
Day five of Paris Fashion Week did not lose sight of the legendary fashion designer’s words.
Saturday presented a gold mine of eclectic and individual shows, each with a unique stamp of their designer.
Westwood is the only designer on the Paris fashion calendar _ or perhaps anywhere _ who can cross the globe and several centuries, mixing up Bangkok-style catwomen, Chinese tea prints, tropical cowboys, Velasquez peasants, the Ballets Russes, and still produce a coherent and unified show.
Viktor & Rolf, meanwhile, went back to their signature plays on oversized proportion to produce a glitzy show _ as they prepare to celebrate 20 years since they founded the label.
The epitome of femininity, Cacharel, explored spring through the natural colors of mother nature, in a trademark delicate display.
Sunday’s shows include Kenzo, Celine and Hermes.
“Global exotic,” is how English designer Vivienne Westwood described her brilliant and wacky spring-summer 2013 show, hosted on terra mater in Paris’ British Embassy.
Disparate encyclopedia fashion references amazingly gelled together, owing to her unique eccentricity.
The influential troupe used exotic styles with billowing trousers and turbans _ which was evoked in many of the baggy globe-trotting looks.
One of the nicest looks came in a series of modified Japanese kimonos.
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