It's fashion time in France again, and in Paris the pundits have been gathering to view the latest collections by the country's top designers.
It's fashion time in France again, and in Paris the pundits have been gathering to view the latest collections by the country's top designers. In spite of competition from other countries, and an apparent anti-fashion trend among many young western women, Paris couturiers still dictate the major fashion trends. The luxury creations seen in Paris may only be for the very wealthy, but the styles are later adapted and mass-produced for the ready-to-wear market.
SYNOPSIS: Paco Robanne unveiled his collection on Tuesday (17 July). He sees this warm coat as being both an elegant, and practical way of combating the winter cold. Like Pierre Cardin, Rabanne has also gone for the wide-shouldered look.
Rabanne loves colour and, although this is his autumn-winter collection, he has added a bright splash of summer colour with this evening dress. Twice-yearly, hundreds of buyers from many countries flock to Paris for the haute couture fashion shows, and more than sixty percent of the fashion clothing turnover is related to exports.
The wide shouldered look favoured by Rabanne is seen again in this simple day dress.
Even for evening wear the wide shoulders are favoured. Rabanne likes the exotic in many of his designs and has often been influenced by African ethnic looks -- which have perhaps played a part in this creation.
Another knee-length day dress - but don't be deceived by its apparent simplicity. In high fashion the cut and drape of the material count for a great deal. The origins of French fashion date back to the fourteenth century when a guild of tailors was first formed. Three centuries later the first fashion exports were made when dolls. dressed in French fashions, were sent abroad -- even crossing the frontiers of nations at war.