La Belle Vie: Tiyana Grulovic at Paris Fashion Week [Day 5]

Fashion Director Tiyana Grulovic continues her diary from the Spring 2014 collections in Paris with shows by Giambattista Valli and Sacai (plus a pretty Sonia Rykiel chapeau!)

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The thing about watching a seemingly endless parade of beautiful women walk around a room in beautiful clothes is that it makes you want to go shopping. In Paris, this is a dangerous, dangerous thing. I’ve managed to fit in exactly 30 cumulative minutes, considering my schedule is as wonderfully jumbled as a Parisian concept store. Which reminds me, I still have to go to Merci, the philanthropic shop by the owners of Bonpoint. It’s a haven for fancy, slightly disheveled hippies.

The complete opposite of that yesterday: Giammbatisa Valli. Just one look at the front row and its impeccable Russian Dolls could tell you that. The clothes, for the most part, had the same polish: Rounded, couture shapes, 3D flowers, extreme girliness. A good friend told me it felt as though his RTW was becoming more and more like Valli watered down couture. Sure, that applied to the  first few looks:

Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms
Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms
Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms
Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms
Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms
Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms

But I did love this series of gilded wheat dresses, tied together with golden rope to make the models look like very chic bales of hay. Clever, non?

Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms
Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms
Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms
Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms
Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms
Giambattista Valli Spring 2014; Photo by Anthea Simms

Sacai got even wittier. Designer Chitose Abe riffed on athleticism, first showing a series of glossy bright trousers cut to look like elongated basketball shorts and voluminous track jackets that were just as interesting from behind:

Sacai Spring 2014; Photo courtesy of Style.com
Sacai Spring 2014; Photo courtesy of Style.com
Sacai Spring 2014; Photo courtesy of Style.com
Sacai Spring 2014; Photo courtesy of Style.com

Later, she added Prince of Wales check:

Sacai Spring 2014; Photo courtesy of Style.com
Sacai Spring 2014; Photo courtesy of Style.com

And, finally, whimsical  ruffled collars to make the models look like high end Victorian gym teachers. Love!

Sacai Spring 2014; Photo courtesy of Style.com
Sacai Spring 2014; Photo courtesy of Style.com

More whimsy happened at the Sonia Rykiel showroom, where the delightful Lola Rykiel (Sonia’s granddaughter and former She’s Got Flare candidate) walked me through the tea-length metallic knits and quirky accessories on offer for spring 2014. I did love this heart-studded hat, can you tell?

Photo by Tiyana Grulovic
Photo by Tiyana Grulovic

 

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