- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

PARIS (AP) - After turning up at Balmain’s show after everyone had left, Barbadian superstar Rihanna arrived this time at Friday’s Christian Dior show before hardly anyone had arrived.

Though the 26-year-old clearly doesn’t lack staff - with aggressive bodyguards around her - if “fashionably early” doesn’t catch on, perhaps she could do with a better time-keeper.

Also at the eventful Dior show, France’s former first lady Valerie Trierweiler, an ex-partner of President Francois Hollande, made a rare appearance. It was, by coincidence, on the exact same day as her former love rival Julie Gayet made her first public appearance since this secret tryst with the president that rocked the whole of France.

Here are the highlights of Friday’s colorful Paris fall-winter ready-to-wear shows.

RIHANNA IS FASHIONABLY EARLY

Photographers swarmed around the “Diamonds” singer inside Paris’ Musee Rodin in front of row upon row of empty Dior seating.

“I just love fashion,” she told The Associated Press as she posed in shades and a bright fur Dior wrap jacket that revealed ample bosom to flashes of camera.

If the singer, who hopes to launch a designing career and is touring Paris Fashion Week, was aiming to create the new concept of “fashionably early,” good luck to her. Celebrities are normally expected to enter at the very last minute for fashion shows, for maximum effect.

CHRISTIAN DIOR’S CITY LIGHTS

Raf Simons produced a surprising show for Christian Dior. In several ways.

Firstly, the jacketed-businesswoman theme was a dramatic departure from his last - and very successful - ode to diaphanous couture.

Second, the near-sacred codes of Dior - softly feminine gowns, sculpting bar jackets - seemed almost gone with Simons’ masculine tailoring style.

The show, entitled “City Lights,” which began with long menswear cashmere coats, did feature some nice suits - although they weren’t particularly ground-breaking.

Simons’ androgynous thinking had a lot more success in a series of wool gowns in fuscia, bright yellow and blue that had double layers and V-shapes mirroring the two tiers of an office suit.

But even those could have done without distracting embroidering that seemed like an afterthought to please the Dior clientele.

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