Sunday, 2 October 2011

Paris Fashion Week SS12 - Steffie Christiaens

Starting 45 minutes late and banishing press to stand on the back row there were quite a few disgruntled fashionistas by the time this show began. Held at the Institut National D’histoire de l’arts the venue was gorgeous with a high domed glass ceiling.
The first look out was a metallic white fur, layered dress worn with blinker like glasses and insane heelless shoes with steel arcs – the collection from here got stranger and stranger starting with a string vest, black body worn with a translucent, structured jacket then barely there swimwear which was tight, wrapped around the neck and shoulders in a mustard tone. Asymmetric structured dresses also bore strong structuring around the torso and hem lines stayed decidedly high.  The more ready to wear pieces featured exposed zips, sheer knit, leather, asymmetric hems, cheeky cut outs and sheer panels.
Stranger outfits included a large feathered white skirt, a white ruffled dress covered in concentric ruffles giving a hugely structured silhouette and the finale a two piece with an upside down hemmed skirt sticking out like a lampshade.
The colours followed summer trends including yellow, turquoise, black and white, fawn and charcoal grey. Outfits were embellished and accessorised with steel.
The collection was interesting and attention grabbing and had the feel of a beautiful alien invasion – we honestly half expected the ethereal, emaciated models to pull out plasma guns!

Jemima Daisy

Pics by Sannita 

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