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Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Elie Saab's latest looks from Paris Fashion Week

Globe Style takes a look at the latest trends on the runways in Paris

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For the Louis Vuitton ready-to-wear collection, held on the last day of Paris Fashion Week, guests checked into a hotel – or more precisely, a circular hallway constructed inside a tent – where models emerged from each of the 50 doors. Inside the “rooms” were projects of beds and stacked Vuitton luggage.

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There was an element of voyeurism to the show: where were these women going – especially the ones with no bottoms? Beyond such fanciful concerns, the fashion was full of pieces that married soft tailoring with beautiful fabrications. Flocking atop the floral patterns provided subtle texture.

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While models in a state of undress made the strongest statement, there were also some fully composed looks, like this suit waxed crocodile. Often, the colours were muted – as if viewed through a vintage-style filter.

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Some models, like Kate Moss, walked with determination; others seemed restless. And their antiqued “robes de chambre” are even more intricately embellished than they appear; those delicate patterns are made up of cut feathers affixed to tulle.

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For her Fall Miu Miu collection, Miuccia Prada managed to coax a sporty, offbeat flavour out of elongated, early-20th century silhouettes. As one of the final shows of Paris Fashion Week, it presented a fresh, slightly kooky, new look.

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Certainly, there was something very formal about the long, dark coats and knits. But then, in typical Miu Miu fashion, she offset the sober silhouettes with oversized buttons, astrakhan trim in cartoon hues and skirt layers punctuated with polka dots.

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Those dots became even more prominent towards the collection’s end – to the point that they looked like a hyper-magnified section of a comic strip. But still, they remained bound by controlled proportions.

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On one hand, it all seemed a bit like Mary Poppins going to an art gallery opening. On the other, well, what’s so wrong with that?

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As the final collection on the month-long fashion show circuit (the New York shows started February 7), Elie Saab’s collection is always met with some relief. It also, inevitably, captures the spirit of the season. Like others, the designer used fur for daywear and created a peplum effect by belting the top at the waist.


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The Smoking was one of Saab’s strong statements, particularly because he showed the suit in solid white.


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It would not be an Elie Saab collection without a series of embellished, swishy dresses – from short cocktail dresses to long, sweeping gowns. This season, he used mohair and velvet as rich counterpoints to the sheer, shapely cut-outs and sparkly surface detail.


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