Paris MFW highlights- A mish-mash of a week of fashion. In no apparent order…

Numero uno: It begins.IMG_9781

Crazy socks and clashing prints in a bright and cheery  walter van beirendonck collection. Watch out for sandals, they are everywhere and in all shapes, colors, styles and materials this season.

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Bold stripes and panels of color at Japanese label kolor with sportive footwear both on and off the runway.

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Beautiful hand-painted / illustrated leather slip-ons at Colette on the way to the Valentino showroom.

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Beautiful artist-inspired metalwork brooches by Valentino.

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Details from the Valentino Uomo collection during the showroom visit. I didn’t catch the runway show itself, but apparently it was amazing. Just looking at the ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Continental’ prints is enough to send goosebumps of pleasure down my spine. Valentino is so diverse in terms of the range of products (accessories, camouflage range, studs range etc) and styles it offers that I really hope the local buyers will be just as inspired when thinking about their buys. I’m not personally a fan of their new 8-colour camouflage bags and shoes, which will no doubt be immensely popular with the hip asian male especially, but the actual runway collection was right up my alley. Prints, pastels, florals (totaling five different floral motifs for SS’15), embroidery, appliqué … all traditionally womenswear techniques and finishes, they were applied with vigor, and success, onto the men’s collection and all without diminishing a single jot, the masculinity of the collection. Now that’s virtuosity.

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The tulip-inspired print. With a different brooch.

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