Kristen Stewart went to the Balenciaga show at Paris Fashion Week draped from head to toe in the fashion brand.
The Twilight star – who’s the face of the brand’s latest perfume – took her place alongside actress Salma Hayek, married to luxury tycoon Francois-Henri Pinault, whose PPR group owns Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci.
Balenciaga struck a higher note at Paris Fashion Week, delivering a couture-inspired look part pure and part playful, underneath the gaze of Stewart and Vogue’s style priestess Anna Wintour.
Balenciaga’s designer Nicholas Ghesquiere sent slender, precise-cut pantsuits that alternated with gypsy-inspired black skirts and dresses, cut around the knee with a curvy, pink or yellow flounce in the hip or the skirt.
Long black skirts were slashed up high on one thigh, with similar rippled gypsy flounce revealing the white lining within, under sharp-cut little capes in black or white that left a gang of midriff bare, just beneath the ribs.
Cigarette pants were combined with architectural little bustiers for any masculine-feminine touch, glimpsed under open jackets or waistcoats in charcoal, beige or pale plum.
Likewise, flounced little skirts were fashioned from the mannish pinstripe.
But there was ample space for that sweetly feminine, too, just like tiny dresses constructed from feathery, paper-like strips, worked together like lace.
Later Thursday, in france they house Carven went for any demure, structured silhouette, with nipped waists and skirts cut around the knee or just below, inside a sober palette of tan, cappuccino, red, grey-blue and black.
Schoolgirl blouses, buttoned right up, peeped from under short-sleeved knits, or military-inspired little jackets, in blue-grey or burgundy.
But elsewhere peep-holes and cut-outs spiced in the dresses and skirts, revealing a gang of waistline here, or perhaps a moon-shaped flash of chest there.
The house’s young designer Guillaume Henry said he drew inspiration for that collection from early 20th-century expeditions.
At Manish Arora the atmosphere couldn’t have been even further away, with a collection inspired through the designer’s native India, sent to the sound of tabla drums and booming electro.
Arora worked traditional prints and stylised tiger and gazelle motifs onto tunics, leggings and dresses in pastel yellow, turquoise or plum, above giant gold platform sandals.
Copious metal embellishments suggested the mirrored-cotton of Rajasthani design, with jewelled tiaras cupping the top throughout, and a metallic leopard print since the side of a sheer white dress.
Glam rock was the keynote at Balmain where designer Olivier Rousteing sent graphic silhouettes in black-and-white harlequins motifs, glittery embroidery on their own shoulders.
Super-structured dresses in elaborate braid embroidery separated itself from the body, in white, mustard or blue.
Long pyjama-like pants added a fluid note, sometimes combined with cropped bustiers or simple bands over the chest – confirming the bare tummy like a surefire trend for next summer.
Paris Fashion Week