- Associated Press - Saturday, September 29, 2012

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.

London-based Vivienne Westwood led the crowd, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, but travelling _ as she did _ via Japan, Russia, Spain and Africa.

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.

Westwood cited Sergei Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” _ the early 20th century’s most famous ballet company _ as a key inspiration.

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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