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Rainbow stripes and graphic prints standout on Paris runways

Rainbow stripes and graphic prints standout on Paris runways

Fashionistas are descending on the French capital today (01Mar16) as the women’s Autumn/Winter ready-to-wear shows come to town. With presentations from Chanel and Saint Laurent plus Lanvin and Dior, some of the biggest names in the business will be showcasing their latest collections in Paris' most prestigious locations this week (beg29Feb16).

Lucien Pellat-Finet was first to hit the runway, showing a very wearable collection of outfits with fun splashes of leopard print and jumpers featuring cute bulldogs on the front.

Relaxed-looking models wearing black ballet flats also strutted their stuff in grey corduroy skirts, rainbow stripe long sleeve jumpers, white and grey floral print tops and pink and red leopard print jumpers.

Meanwhile, rising Dutch designer Liselore Frowijn stuck with her retro theme and presented bold graphic patterns on soft fabrics.

Her collection also featured laser cut fabrics, coloured graphic collage prints designed by hand and printed on corduroy cotton and silk used in fierce pantsuits, voluminous tunics and curved bomber jackets.

Using French sculptor and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle as her muse, Frowijn incorporated a variety of striking contrasts into her collection including new and recycled textiles.

The show standout was a soft ankle-grazing coat with a graphic pattern in emerald green, soft pink, regal purple and sky blue. The coat was styled with large plastic green earrings and a deep purple coloured fur neck scarf.

Aside from the couture, all eyes will be on how French fashion bosses react to the debate over whether labels should ditch a century of tradition and show collections as they go on sale in the shops.

Traditionally, the public has had to wait between four and six months before they could buy the clothes featured in each season’s shows.

Fashion houses Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg and British brand Burberry are set to follow suit with Rebecca Minkoff already offering a significant portion of her collection for immediate sale.

However, both the French and Italian fashion federations have come out strongly against a switch to a “see now, buy now” system.

Fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault, whose Kering group owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, told Bloomberg last week that the concept "negates the dream" of luxury and that waiting for the pieces "creates desire" for his labels.

The French Couture Federation as also claimed that changes to the fashion schedule were purely commercially driven and would mean young designers would suffer.

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