In Paris Fashion Week, Sharp Turns From the Cutting Edge


Paris fashion has no borders and boundaries and collection displayed at the summer/spring 2013 shows enough proof.  The designers always come with their best during such shows and they hunt for new inspiration, travelling across the world, bringing exotic cultures, innovative ideas, and concepts back to the runways.

The famous Indian designer Manish Arora traveled to the northwestern side of Rajasthan, bringing a vibrant fusion of signature Indian costumes and jewelry to this year’s Paris fashion week. Olivier Rousteing, designer from Balmain traveled across Cuba, replacing last season’s Faberge Egg design with a unique style in black.  Barbara Bui too joined the journey with statistical Indian-American prints and tribal looking foulards and dresses in-vogue black.

Nina Ricci, Parisian nomad went back to history, creating a nostalgic fashion runway with a modern twist. Friday’s collection will mark the debut of Christian Dior designer Raf Simons, and other fashionable icons, Issey Miyake and Roland Mouret.

Olivier Rousteing welcomed the next spring show with signature graphic silhouettes. The 27-year old designer owns a roving eye for cultural pieces, completed his one year at the helm French fashion house. The strong shouldered cropped tops presented the highly structured looks along with lashing of accessories. His collection was highlighted by a modern diamond checkerboard patterns and lavish cropped jackets.

Manish Arora, one of the prominent designers of India hasn’t delved into its rich fashion listing before. India represents the most colorful cultures across the globe; it has a limitless innovative hallmark for designers. Mr Arora, in this year’s show, presented a spicy and bohemian tribute to his subcontinent at Paris Fashion Week 2013 spring summer collections. The designer said that this year he gave much importance to jewels than costumes and of course taking inspiration from his own country. Indian Angrakha costumes with orange shades were paired with a shiny chainmail pant, alongside the prints of antelope, panthers, and tigers.

Nina Ricci fashion house floated ethereally by and matched the classic and traditional feel of last year’s show. The gentle pleated skirts, chiffon tops, soft silhouettes, flowing fringing, and halter necks opened the presentation. Though the event started with black designs, it melted like winter to spring, changing into dusty shades of pale lavender, red, blush pink, and silver gray.

French-Vietnamese designer, Barbara Bui showcased her dresses, declaring ‘black is back for next summer’. Her designs aimed at young clients, displaying skintight pants, well-crafted tailored-jackets, and organza blouses.


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