Paris 03/11/09. Photos by Dominique C & de Moraes Barros/WireImage.
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Paris Fashion Week is no stranger to the avant-garde. In the fashion capital, the crazier, the better. But some designers take the concept of fashion-forward to a whole new level. Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela, Manish Arora (who often provides costumes for Katy Perry), and Viktor & Rolf are some of the orchestrators who liven up the Parisian catwalks. Face paint, fuzzy helmets, and antlers (left) are just the tip of the iceberg. Let the kookiness begin.
Paris Fashion Week, A/W 2009: Chanel Chanel is always the collection I look forward to. I'm intrigued as to how Karl Lagerfeld will once again interpret trends in a very classic, chic way. This season he was inspired by Beau Brummell, who is widely credited with inventing the modern man's suit.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Recession schmecession. Cathy Horyn has a list of some of her Fall 2009 Paris favorites, along with their prices — those thigh-high Stella McCartney boots, for instance, will run $1,145-$1,635. As for the opening beaded tops that were paired with draped satin skirts at Balenciaga? The long-sleeve versions will be . . . wait for it . . . $50,000. And they say Balmain is pricey. [On the Runway]
>> John Galliano took his audience to a Winter wonderland — literally, there was no heating, wind swept through the show space, a fog crept over, and snow fell — and it was beautiful. Not everything was perfect, however: the fake snow caused coughing fits in the front row, and photographers revolted beforehand, because they were left waiting outside for hours; but Galliano's take on Ukranian virgin brides, replete with tinkling coins, carved wood lace-up platform heels with pom poms attached, and heavy embroidery, dazzled. By contrast, the eveningwear was light — a standout gray fringe dress — and in lots of cases, almost nonexistent in sheer chiffon; Galliano seems to have a new thing for the bared tush, which appeared a few times here, like it did earlier in the week at Dior. Harvey Weinstein, who was front row, didn't mind: "It was fantastic, theatrical, brilliant."