FASHION MATH: Sarah Burton manipulated the honeycomb’s hexagonal pattern in her homage to bees for her latest Alexander McQueen collection. Jacobs obsessively ensured all the seaming and buttons continued the precise gridwork of his checkered garments. McCartney showed enlarged ellipses that took on Ellsworth Kelly curves. New Birkin bags from Hermès featured geometric panelling.
RED AHEAD: Not a hue that is typically associated with spring, red played a strong supporting role at Carven, Rochas and Alexander McQueen. It appeared (naturally) at Valentino and also at Jean Paul Gaultier on a Michael Jackson-inspired biker jacket. And Gareth Pugh not only ended with two regal red looks – all the models had red-rimmed “smoky” eyes.
TUXEDO NOUVEAU: At Stella McCartney, the tux looked more like a roomy suit; at Lanvin, a single white-satin lapel appeared on a black formal vest. Simons, meanwhile, showed tuxedo-bar hybrids at Dior, some with subtle skirt pleats. The Givenchy version, with curved short sleeves, was most original of all.