Paris 10/01/09. WireImage
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.
There are more than a slew of celebrity clothing lines out there, but none with a retro twist. The cute-as-a-button Katy Perry may fill that void with a possible clothing collection. "I've always experimented with clothes and have my own style inspired by pin-up girls and Lolita," she said. "I love to create a character, and I like looking like I've just stepped out of a history book." She certainly did that in her Manish Arora merry-go-round dress (left).
As for her style icons? "Agyness Deyn and Dita Von Teese." It remains to be seen if she acts on her intentions, but given Katy's whimsical style, I would love to see what she dreams up.
Sometimes its hard to tell who lost it first, fashion writer or designer, when exploring impressions from a collection but in the case of Manish Arora's Spring 2009 collection we think we may both be culpable for taking a creative idea too far, because while he saw a white faced harlequin princess we saw the Queen of Naboo. And we honestly can't say who we think is nuttier.