Monday, January 4, 2010

Crisis lesson for Paris fashion

http://uk.reuters.com/resources/r/?m=02&d=20091007&t=2&i=11861722&w=450&r=2009-10-07T073219Z_01_BTRE5960KXZ00_RTROPTP_0_FRANCE-FASHION

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - If you've got it, flaunt it and sell it: that was the message at Paris fashion week as collections teemed with lacy stockings, bra straps and exposed knickers.

http://uk.reuters.com/resources/r/?m=02&d=20091007&t=2&i=11861725&w=450&r=2009-10-07T073219Z_01_BTRE5960KY100_RTROPTP_0_FRANCE-FASHION

Garter belts -- real, worked into dresses or painted onto skin -- featured heavily at Sonia Rykiel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior and Chanel.

http://uk.reuters.com/resources/r/?m=02&d=20091007&t=2&i=11861726&w=450&r=2009-10-07T073219Z_01_BTRE5960KY200_RTROPTP_0_FRANCE-FASHION

At Chanel, designer Karl Lagerfeld mixed innocent white folk dresses with tattoo-like garters and high-cut knickers in a countryside romp, complete with models canoodling in a haystack.

http://uk.reuters.com/resources/r/?m=02&d=20091007&t=2&i=11861727&w=450&r=2009-10-07T073219Z_01_BTRE5960KY300_RTROPTP_0_FRANCE-FASHION

"I'm completely with it," Russian model Natalia Vodianova said of the lingerie trend."A woman has to be elegant and not wear it in a vulgar way."

http://uk.reuters.com/resources/r/?m=02&d=20091007&t=2&i=11861731&w=450&r=2009-10-07T073219Z_01_BTRE5960KY600_RTROPTP_0_FRANCE-FASHION

Presenting her new lingerie line for retailer Etam, Vodianova told reporters she felt inspired by women who showed a glimpse of their underwear or exposed their bra straps.

http://uk.reuters.com/resources/r/?m=02&d=20091007&t=2&i=11861729&w=450&r=2009-10-07T073219Z_01_BTRE5960KY500_RTROPTP_0_FRANCE-FASHIONThe Milan collections featured so many skimpy dresses that fashion critics dubbed the overarching theme "Viva la Bimbo."

Micro-dresses also abounded in Paris for spring/summer 2010, with Lagerfeld inserting slits into already tiny skirts at Chanel. Dior showed sleek negligee dresses and high-waisted French knickers, evoking the boudoirs of 1950s film stars.

Summing up the sexy mood, Gaultier named his collection "G-Spot" and dug into his archives for a provocatively half-dressed look, reviving the conical satin bra he once created for pop star Madonna.