By Elaine Donnelly
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Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Guy Laroche is back in the Paris fashion conversation after Wednesday's bold, grown-up offering from designer Marcel Morongiu, who struck gold in a stunning ready-to-wear fall-winter collection that channeled gems and this fall's running theme of sophisticated, covered-up glamour.
The alchemy was off at the house of Mugler, where Lady Gaga's stylist, Nicola Formichetti, again failed to live up to his reputation as a sort of Generation Y Midas who turns everything he touches into gold.
The perennial standoff between cutting-edge designers who keep pushing men to get in touch with their feminine side and throw open their wardrobes to the skirt and reluctant male consumers worldwide flared up again on Thursday in Paris, with a man skirt and man dress-heavy collection from Rick Owens and silky, shiny offerings from Dries Van Noten.
A new modesty swept the catwalks on Wednesday's Day Two of the marathon Paris spring-summer 2011 ready-to-wear displays, with designers shunning sizzling sex appeal in favor of oversized, grandma-friendly looks that left nearly everything to the imagination.
Dries Van Noten once said: "The more clashing it is, the more that I like it!"
"The richness of the East," Van Noten declared, was the inspiration for his collection, as he delved into the sumptuous Asian fashion vaults of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.