Photos: Sonny Vandevelde An airforce vacation seemed to be the idea behind Dries van Noten’s collection this evening, and what a thematically disparate notion it was. Half buttoned-up, half hanging-out; tricolour stripes and military ranking symbols; shorts and fisherman’s knits; trench coats and cargo jackets. It was as if the strictest adherent of military convention had been given forced-leave, but wasn’t quite able to enjoy it without retaining a sense of his rank and order. All themes aside, the clothes themselves were classic Dries van Noten – technically advanced fabrics, the richest imaginable colours and stunning patterns. Non-military men willClick to Continue!
With Matvey Lykov, Oliver Welton, Michael Whittaker, Aiden Andrews, Andy Burmeister, Gordie Walker, Johannes Linder, Nick Rea and William Eustace. Filmed backstage at Raf Simons F/W 2010/2011, Paris Fashion Week. I LIKE YOU!Click to Continue!
Lucas Ossendrijver, Alber Elbaz, Jakob Hybolt, Alex Dunstan and Jeremy Young – Photos: Steve Wood Lanvin is always my favourite show of the Paris week. Not just for the clothes or the opportunity to stare unashamedly at Alber Elbaz (though both are good enough reasons), but for the food. You’d think with all the money these designers throw at their fashion shows, they could afford a few croissants. Mais non, Lanvin is the only house to feed its guests. This time, caramel macaroons and peppermint tea. Exactly what you feel like on the morning of the final day. I arrivedClick to Continue!
Michael Whittaker – Photos: Steve Wood I arrived early at Raf Simons and went straight backstage to watch the action unfold – the hair, the makeup, the catwalk rehearsals, the backstage photographers getting in the way while the dressers tried to get the models into first looks, the makeup touch ups, the outfit tweaking, the lineup, the countdown. If last season’s Raf Simons collection was a journey into luxury suiting with a conservative twist, this season was all about the body. Buttons and velcro strips adorned every piece, allowing the garments to be pulled and stretched around the body toClick to Continue!
Francisco Lachowski all bloodied up at DSquared2 The final day of fashion week is always quieter than the rest. They pack so much into the first three days that by the time the last one arrives most people are ready to drop. First show of the day was DSquared2. With no invitation to my name and no plan of attack for getting in, I arrived 30 minutes late – two minutes before the doors were about to close. At the gate, the check in desk for buyers was still open but the press desk was closed. Things weren’t looking good.Click to Continue!