Prêt-à-Porter Spring 2009:
Issey Miyake, Veronique Branquinho and Parties For Bulgari and Balenciaga
Dai Fujiwara took us on a journey into an ephemerical jungle of shades of green and pales. Like nixies the models almost floated on the runway showing of sophisticated cuts and delicate fabrics. Pleated dresses, the Issey Miyake signature pieces did not dominate the runway as usual, but left room for elegant yet casual day- and early evening outfits with refined prints. To find the colors Dai had gone to a fact finding mission to Brazil and this elaborate research has obviously payed off.
An easy going soft silhouette was the biggest tendency. Short shifts with landscape prints in pales are dresses that will be very versatile, easy to wear and easy to accessorize. Long oversized jackets with three quarter sleeves are worn over shorts and a white shirt. Less edgier then previous collections it might open doors towards new clientele. Surprisingly enough, neutral-loving Veronique Branquinho was one of the designers who showed more colors than average this season. To sum it up, I saw a collection that makes me want to find out more about this young designer.
After dinner I went to the opening party of the new Bulgari store on the avenue George V. The exhibit of haute joaillierie was breathtaking, but none had more bling than the necklace worn by ever so good looking Milla Jovovich.
When the champagne reserves had dried out, people headed to Le Baron next door where Nicolas Ghesquière was having his bash celebrating his Spring Summer collection.