Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Vietnam girl

Still, the collection paraded several of the major trends for fall 2008 to have emerged during the six-week fashion show cycle -- volume skirts, narrow floating trousers and long dresses matched with clunky-heeled shoes. One fashion buyer summed it up as a season in homage to "a strong, sensual woman."

That female ideal was also on show at Lanvin, where Alber Elbaz garnered a standing ovation for a black and midnight blue collection of intricately-wrought dresses and pant suits.

"This time, the technique was more important than the color," the Israeli-American designer said after the show.


The close of the Paris shows ends a parade that started with men's wear presentations in Milan in January.

The cycle, through New York, London, Milan and Paris, establishes the trends for next season and provides vital inspiration for the world's biggest retail apparel chains from fast fashion stores Zara and H&M to Britain's Marks and Spencer.