Five to watch as fashion set sashays over to Paris

The fashion spotlight swings to Paris on
Tuesday, giving the weary glitterati a final glimpse of summer — or what
will be wearing when it returns — before boots and coats season sets in.
After New York, London and Milan, Paris will on Tuesday open its round of
ready-to-wear collections for Spring/Summer 2016, with plenty of surprises
store over nine days of shows.

Courreges: back to the future

The brand known for its futuristic fashion in the 1960s, with geometric
lines, lavish use of PVC, metal and plastic, is back.

The iconic French house was taken over by advertising executives
Bungert and Frederic Torloting in 2011 who appointed two new artistic
designers, Arnaud Vaillant and Sebastien Meyer, in May.
The return of the brand created by former engineer Andre Courreges to the
catwalk is timely: black-and-white geometric designs that could have been
inspired by him have been hot on the runways for several seasons.
It is also the latest example of efforts to revive a legendary fashion
brand: Schiaparelli returned to Paris catwalks in 2014 after lying dormant
60 years.
So what comes after the Space Age for Courreges? All will be revealed
its latest collection hits the runway on Wednesday.

Wang’s final hurrah at Balenciaga

American designer Alexander Wang will reveal his final collection for
French fashion house Balenciaga next Friday.
Wang and Balenciaga announced they were going their separate ways in
after three years of collaboration and the house has yet to announce his

Wang, 31, is considered one of the most successful American designers
his generation.
Born in California to Taiwanese parents he launched his own label — a
of relaxed chic and streetwise edge — in 2007 when he was just 23.
Rihanna, Lady Gaga and power couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are
of his designs.
Wang will be devoting himself to his own label, which celebrated its 10th
anniversary during New York’s fashion week.

Olsen sisters in Paris

Celebrity twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 29, who went from child TV
stars to respected stylists and businesswomen, have chosen to present the
Spring/Summer collection for their brand The Row in Paris this year, instead
of New York.
Givenchy did the reverse this year, choosing New York over Paris to
its ready-to-wear collection there for the first time.

Eiffel Tower slips into a shimmery number

Local government officials in Paris are trying to get more involved in
fashion week and the City of Light has been covered in posters declaring:
“Fashion loves Paris”.

The Eiffel Tower is also getting a special makeover for the occasion,
will dress up with a special light show every night from Wednesday.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo “is very aware of the economic impact of the
presence of some 5,000 people in fashion from across the world… as well as
the importance of the Paris Fashion Week for the image of the city,” said
Stephane Wargnier, a fashion communications specialist who carried out a
on the economic impact of fashion weeks for the municipality.

Pamela Anderson’s vegan shoes

Some people stand in the darkness, while others prefer to stand in vegan
shoes. Ex-Baywatch star Pamela Anderson knows this to be true, and has
collaborated with French designer Amelie Pichard on a collection of seven
shoes made without any animal material.
The shoes will be presented to buyers in Paris and half of all profits
go to the Pamela Anderson Foundation, which lobbies for animal rights.

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